Kick-off: 1945, 24/09/2022
Stadium: Sinobo Stadium
Czech Republic have performed with credit on home turf in Nations League Group A2 and are backed to hold their own against Portugal in Prague.
The Navigators are a superior side on paper and won 2-0 when these teams met in Lisbon, but they have only picked up one point from two away fixtures.
We reckon 13/5 for a Sinobo Stadium stalemate is a value pick for our first Czech Republic vs Portugal prediction.
Czech Republic Odds
Jaroslav Silhavy’s side suffered World Cup heartbreak when beaten 1-0 after extra-time in Sweden in the play-offs but recovered well in this competition.
They kicked off with a 2-1 home win over Switzerland and then drew 2-2 with Spain at this venue, with Jan Kuchta scoring in both games.
The Czechs probably just had their limitations exposed when going down 2-0 away to Portugal and La Roja.
However, they were competitive in the second half in Lisbon, where Kuchta forced Diogo Costa into a solid save.
“We made two tactical mistakes and allowed two goals,” said Silhavy. “We improved in the second half and had chances – it is a pity we did not score, as we could have made it more interesting.”
West Ham pair Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek epitomise this hard-working and determined side.
As a rule, they are resilient in defence, especially in front of their own fans, so Czech Republic vs Portugal odds.
Portugal prevailed in the inaugural staging of this tournament and still have everything to play for this time.
The Navigators started out by drawing 1-1 with Spain in Seville and then romped to a 4-0 home victory versus Switzerland, when Cristiano Ronaldo netted twice.
Joao Cancelo scored in that contest and the subsequent defeat of Czech Republic, but there was a setback when they were beaten 1-0 when visiting the Swiss.
Fernando Santos has all of his big guns available for this trip and they are certainly a talented bunch.
However, Ronaldo has been mostly off the pace when playing for Manchester United, while teammate Bruno Fernandes is yet to fully fire for the Red Devils as well.
Diogo Jota’s appearances for Liverpool have been curtailed by injury and Joao Felix has yet to score for Atletico Madrid.
Czech Republic may have most to fear from Manchester City duo Cancelo and Bernardo Silva, who are 12/5 respectively to hit the target.
At those odds, Cancelo is rated the most tempting option to get on the scoresheet for our Czech Republic vs Portugal betting tips.
He has struck seven times in 36 international matches, while Silva has just one more goal from 70 caps.
Spain 2-0 CZECH REPUBLIC
Switzerland 1-0 PORTUGAL
Head-to-head: Portugal 2-0 Czech Republic, Czech Republic 0-1 Portugal, Czech Republic 1-3 Portugal
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