Portugal (@12.0) vs Italy (@1.005)
12-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Italy will win

Portugal – Italy Match Prediction | 12-09-2019 11:15

With four World Cup titles and one European Championship trophy, Italy remain one of worlds most successful teams and they have also finished as runners up at major tournaments on four occasions. The Azzurri have become famous for their result oriented football over the years which is perfectly suited for World Cup and Euro finals, so it is now a surprise when they fail to reach the final stages.

Giorgio Chiellini Set to win his 100th cap, as captain, and will want to mark the occasion with a clean sheet having helped Juventus keep plenty this season. Lorenzo Insigne The Napoli forward has been in the goals this season, with ten so far, including three in the Champions League. Leonardo Bonucci Alongside his fellow Juventus centre-back, the experienced defender will be key in Italys bid to nullify the Portuguese attacking threat.

After winning the second and third edition of the World Cup, Italy endured a difficult period until lifting their first European Championship title in 1968, while they also managed to show some improvement at the turn of the century. While winning the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the Azzurri reached Euro finals in 2000 and 2012, and they are still regarded as one of the leading sides in Europe.

Portugal, without Cristiano Ronaldo, were drawing with World Cup finalists Croatia and have now won just one of their last five games - a 1-0 defeat of Morocco at the World Cup. Nevertheless, with home advantage, Portugal can get a result. Expert Verdict: Neither Portugal nor Italy have been in particularly good form, with the Italians failing to impress in their draw with Poland last time out.

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They managed to beat Liechtenstein, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Armenia, all by the same result, 2:0. Their defense is really strong in all matches in this group, we saw under 2.5 goals. Apart from losing the match against their next opponents, the Scandinavians played superbly in this qualifying cycle so far. Also, in 13 out of the last 14 matches in all competitions, under 2.5 goals were scored. So, the upcoming game might be similar.

Both only managed three wins in the last 10 matches. However, they didnt impress, winning just once in the group stage and losing to Uruguay in the 1/8 finals. Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup, but Portugal did. The form of both teams, before this match at Benficas Estadio do Sport field in Lisbon, is not great. Portugal and Italy have played each other 25 times in their footballing history. Portugal had five draws and two defeats while Italy have drawn four and lost three games. Italy has a point to prove which makes them a dangerous opponent. In their last six head to head encounters, Italy has won five times and Portugal just once, in their last match, beating Italy at home 1:0 three years ago. Italy has won a whopping 18 out of those 25 games, with Portugal being triumphant in only five games. Portugal will have to work hard to win this home game.

Bernardo Silva His fine start to the season with Manchester City continued with two assists in their defeat of rivals Man United last weekend.Andre Silva Back in the goals and scored the winner the last time these two teams met.Ruben Dias With Pepe suspended, the Benfica man will need to step up to lead the defence having started both UEFA Nations League matches so far.

They have, however, scored in seven of these games, and Portugal have failed to score in just one of their 14 home games since they lifted that trophy in Paris. Portugal have kept just one clean sheet in their last six home matches, and Italy have conceded in eight of their ten away games since the end of Euro 2016. Indeed, these similar issues have seen both teams decline in defensive stability recently.

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Portugal vs Italy Prediction & Betting Tips

Andre Silva scored the winner against Italy in September while, last month, Silva and namesake Bernardo scored either side of an own goal in a 3-2 win in Poland. Portugal followed that up by beating Scotland 3-1 in a friendly, with Helder Costa, Eder and Bruma scoring. Portugal have bounced back well from a disappointing World Cup last-16 exit, with a 1-1 draw with Croatia followed by three consecutive wins since the summer.