Place: Portugal. Lisbon. Estádio da Luz.
Date: on the 10th of September, 2018 (Monday)
Match start: 19:45 (GMT+1)
Tournament: UEFA Nations League. League C. 2nd round.
Portugal (the head coach Fernando Santos)
The defending champions of Europe have played the first official match of the new season in Farah with the vice-champions of the World 2018. It was the new friendly match between Portugal and Croatia. We will remind you that earlier in four head-to-heads with the European Brazilians, the Chequered Ones have suffered four defeats with the final score – 0:7. That is, in four matches future winners of the FIFA World Cup Russia haven’t scored any goal.
And here, at last, an unpleasant tradition has been broken and on the 18th minute of the new meeting the left winger of Croats Ivan Perišić has score the goal. However the Chequered Ones didn’t manage to win a victory in this match as on the 32nd minute the central full back of the hosts Pepe has evened the score (1:1). Alas, this evening the audience of Estádio Algarve hasn’t seen the scored goals any more.
As a result the new fight of two top rivals has ended with a productive draw. In the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo the head coach of the hosts Fernando Santos has chosen tactical arrangement 4-1-4-1 with André Silva to an attack edge.
Italy (the head coach Roberto Mancini)
And now the defending champions of Europe have arrived to Lisbon from Farah, on home arena of Benfica. Here will be held the match of the second round of the third group of League A with participation of the European Brazilians and Squadra Azzurra.
Italy on the arena in Bologna couldn’t win over Poland in the first round. As a result the fight of the teams of Roberto Mancini and Jerzy Brzęczek has ended with a productive draw (1:1). On the 40th minute of this match the playmaker of the guests Piotr Zieliński has opened the score and already in the second half of the match, on the 78th minute, Squadra Azzurra has acquired the right for penalty kick which was realized by the new central midfielder from Chelsea London – Jorginho (1:1).
Thus, according to the results of the first round Italy and Poland have earned one point. And now the team of Fernando Santos enters the game.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Portugal vs. Italy
Both rivals are in the 8 top national teams of the continent. And therefore new fight between the teams of Fernando Santos and Roberto Mancini attracts the great interest. And the favorites of the forthcoming match according to the experts are the hosts of Estádio da Luz: Portugal – 2.20, Italy – 3.50.
This will be the 28 meeting in the history of Portugal and Italy. In this match the overwhelming advantage has the four-time world champions – 19 victories and three draws. What team is a real favorite of the forthcoming match? Traditionally, the bet made on the number of scored goals is the most actual for all matches between top rivals.