Friday, 24 June 2016 19:23

EURO 2016 - Croatia v Portugal - MATCH PREVIEW

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Croatia will have its sights set on quarter-finals when they take on a fragile Portugal side in a last-16 fixture at Stade Bollaert-Delelis. This encounter will be played on Saturday, June 25.

With a star-studded squad, Croatia started their campaign as one of underdogs and their performances in group stage were a true reflection of this. They started their campaign in Group D playing alongside Spain, Czech Republic and Turkey. With seven points from three games, they top the league with their performance against Spain being the best. With an easier path to the finals on offer, Croatia would like to make sure there are zero surprises.

Portugal on the other hand have been a symbol of inconsistency. Paired in Group F with Hungary, Iceland and Austria for company, Portugal managed to just about cling to the last-16 spot. They are unbeaten in the tournament after three successive draws but their style of play hasn’t inspired any confidence. With even Cristiano Ronaldo struggling for impact, Portugal looks primed to crash out of competition. But stranger things have happened in football!

Croatia come on the bank of an impressive record. In their last 15 matches, they have lost only once. Even in Euros, they are unbeaten so far and would like to believe that they can pick their best form when it matters the most. Portugal lost one and won one in their last five encounters. An in-form Croatia could be a difficult proposition for Portugal.

Croatia v Portugal - Betting advice

Portugal struggled to score goals recently and with more than a goal per match in just five of their ten matches, there is a soft under belly which could be exploited by Northern Ireland. Don’t count them out yet and Ronaldo could find himself on the scoring sheet for them again.

Croatia carry a much better record with eight wins out of ten matches. They have a great reputation that starts from the backline and typified by the six clean sheets they picked up during this period. In six of these games, Croatia scored more than a goal which augurs well for them ahead of this encounter.

Portugal have an upper hand over Croatia in the face-offs winning all three while scoring six and giving away none. That record is on the line as Croatia look to break the citadel of the Portuguese.

Back Croatia to win the match

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