Portugal vs Italy UEFA Nations League
After his superb title of European champion gleaned in France in 2016, Portugal has not been able to repeat the feat in Russia last summer. Indeed, the men of Fernando Santos were initially difficult to extract from the group stage before falling logically in the 8th finals against Uruguay. Last Thursday, the Lusitanian team got a good draw against Croatia in friendly (1-1) despite the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Italy was disillusioned by failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. This resounding failure led to the dismissal of coach Gian Piero Ventura, replaced by Roberto Mancini. Subsequently, Squadra Azzurra played five friendlies for a record of 1 win, 2 draws and 2 losses. Opposed to Poland during the first day, the teammates of Mario Balotelli failed to win at home (1-1), being even pretty much dominated.
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Cristiano Ronaldo signaled to the Portuguese coach his desire not to compete in the League of Nations and was not called for this rally, as are the aging Bruno Alves, José Fonte, Manuel Fernandes, Adrien Silva, Joao Moutinho, Quaresma, Eder, Nani and Joao Mario. Absence of Lyon keeper Lopes and midfielders André Gomes (ex-Barça) and Danilo (Porto). Rui Patricio, Pepe, Cedric, Guerreiro and Carvalho executives are available. Symbolized by defender Ruben Dias, circles Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva and strikers Gelson Martins, Guedes and Andre Silva, the new generation must assert itself in the future.
After not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, Italy is obliged to renew in depth an aging workforce. It still remains defenders Chiellini and Bonucci and attackers Insignia and Motionless. Absence however of Verratti (PSG), Florenzi (Roma), Parolo (Lazio), De Sciglio (Juventus) and Candreva (Inter Milan), injured or dismissed. Disappointing in the first match, striker Balotelli Nice should remain in the stands for this game.
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Private CR7, Portugal can be content with a draw against a team from Italy still complicated to maneuver.
Betting Tips: Under 2.5 goals scored