After claiming a first major trophy at Euro 2016, there will be plenty of interest in the Portugal World Cup 2018 odds ahead of this summer’s tournament in Russia.
The Navigators had to endure an early exit at the World Cup in Brazil four years ago, being edged out by the USA on goal difference for second place behind Germany.
Portugal then failed to sparkle during the European Championship pool stage in France, with draws against Iceland, Austria and Hungary.
Three points was just about good enough to see them advance as one of the best third-placed teams, though, and they made the most of that reprieve with a resilient run through the knockout rounds.
After edging out Croatia in extra-time and Poland on penalties, Fernando Santos’ side beat Wales 2-0 in the semis before Eder proved an unlikely hero against France in the final.
Portugal’s well-drilled defence helped them recover from an opening loss to Switzerland in qualifying for Russia 2018, with only two more goals then conceded in a run of nine straight wins.
They will be tested by an opening encounter with Spain in Sochi, but Morocco and Iran are expected to prove more conducive company in the other two Group B fixtures.
Odds correct on date of publication: 21/05/2018
Ronaldo obviously remains the focal point for much of Portugal’s attacking play after being named as the best player on the planet for the past two years.
The Real Madrid superstar extended his lead as the country’s all-time record goalscorer when netting 15 times in qualifying, as well as providing three assists.
Andre Silva has emerged as a useful addition to the forward ranks, with the 22-year-old AC Milan front man wrapping up October’s crucial 2-0 win over Switzerland.
Joao Moutinho of Monaco is still the main man in midfield, but much will be expected of Bernardo Silva following a promising first season at Manchester City.
At the back, Rangers defender Bruno Alves is closing in on a century of caps, while Nelson Semedo has regularly caught the eye playing for Barcelona.
Sporting Lisbon stalwart Rui Patricio is reliable between the posts, so there will be plenty of positive Portugal World Cup 2018 betting tips and predictions.
Rank (world): 3
WC appearances: 6
Best effort: Semi-finals in 1966 and 2006
Road to Russia
POR 2-0 Switzerland
Andorra 0-2 POR
Hungary 0-1 POR
POR 5-1 Faroe Islands
Latvia 0-3 POR
POR 3-0 Hungary
POR 4-1 Latvia
Faroe Islands 0-6 POR
Rui Patricio (GK)
Nelson Semedo (D)
Joao Moutinho (M)
Bernardo Silva (M)
Andre Silva (F)
Cristiano Ronaldo (F)
Fernando Santos – POR