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.

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.

Portugal vs Italy Prediction & Betting Tips

Expert Verdict: Portugal have won two from two so far in the UEFA Nations League and can guarantee top spot if they win away to Italy. Roberto Mancini's side got back to winning ways in their most recent match, in Poland, but Portugal are difficult to beat at the best of times - and it is the visitors who are favourites for this one.

Italy ended a five-match winning streak when they beat Poland in Chorzow last time out Cristiano Biraghi scoring a stoppage-time winner. In September, they drew 1-1 with Poland before the 1-0 defeat to Portugal in the UEFA Nations League. They had otherwise drawn three and lost two of their previous five games, including the 1-1 draw with Ukraine in which Federico Bernardeschi scored.

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 Predicted Starting Line-up

Bernardo Silva - The Manchester City playmaker has been in excellent form this season, bouncing back from a below-par World Cup.Ruben Neves - The rising Wolves star is one of the brightest talents in this Portugal squad, having hit the ground running in the Premier League.Andre Silva - Could not have asked for a better start to life at Sevilla, when he scored a hat-trick in his first La Liga game.

In the last five games they played against each other, we saw under 2.5 goals, which confirms our previous prediction. In their previous ten meetings, the Scandinavians failed to record a win, the Azzuri had nine victories, while one match ended in a draw. H2H records are showing that you should back the visiting team to win the upcoming game.

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

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In between, Italy beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 but lost 3-1 to France. It followed the same result against the Netherlands in their previous game, while they also drew 1-1 with Italy back in March. Three of Italy's last five matches have ended in 1-1 draws, including their draw with Poland last time out - Jorginho atoning for an earlier error with a penalty to earn Italy their point.

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.

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