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New Zealand vs Portugal: Predictions, Preview, H2H, Lineup + Betting Tips – 24/06/2017

New Zealand vs Portugal
League: FIFA Confederations Cup Group stage
Date: Thursday, 24th June 2017
Time: Kick off at 16:00
Venue: Stadion Krestovskyi

Team News:

New Zealand:

New Zealand are out of the competition and some changes might be made to give some of the other players a run out.

New Zealand still has empty hands after two matches and will play Portugal’s last game of the tournament. There was little to enjoy in the opening contest of the All Whites, and a deserved 2-0 defeat was made. In the second duel it was better for the team. Against a Mexico that did not get in the strongest set-up, New Zealand came first in the lead. After rest, it was less prosperous and had to collect two opposites. The final defeat was based on the odds ratio, even though Ryan Thomas still had a bad luck with a shot that ended on the bar.

The fact that the Oceans lost their first two duels is obviously far from a shame. Where other teams can make one after another top performer, New Zealand has to do it with players who even know the well-known football players. However, the tactics and technology deficiencies of the players make them feel good with fanaticism and enthusiasm. What made the match so close to Mexico.

Portugal:

Portugal can hardly escape the semi-final of this Confed Cup. The European champion still robbed of the victory in the first match – Mexico scored 2-2 in injury time, but in the second league, Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates were in class. Real Madrid’s goalkeeper quickly set his team ahead, and Portugal had to score even more. However, the victory did not endanger Portugal managed to win 0-1, leaving the team in the final match enough to win a semi-finals final.

Coach Fernando Santos rolled light after the first duel. There is a chance that there will be more exchanges for the last group of games. The media presently wanted to know at Friday’s press conference whether Ronaldo will start. Santos still tampered with for the time being. “I’m not going to tell you if I’m going to play with or without Cristiano, I do not want the opponent to know,” said the coach of the EK winner. There will be a mess, I can tell you, “so the trainer was well worth it.

Raphael Guerreiro is unlikely to feature after picking up an injury in their 1-0 win over hosts Russia last time out. Eliseu is favourite to deputise at left-back.

No other changes are expected from Fernando Santos, who will be looking to finish the group top.

Probable Lineup New Zealand

Goalkeeper: Igor Akinfeev

Defence: Georgiy Dzhikiya
Defence: Aleksandr Samedov
Defence: Yuri Zhirkov
Defence: Fedor Kudryashov
Defence: Viktor Vasin

Midfield: Denis Glushakov
Midfield: Aleksandr Golovin
Midfield: Aleksandr Yerokhin

Forward: Fedor Smolov
Forward: Dmitry Poloz

Probable Lineup Portugal

Goalkeeper: Rui Patricio

Defence: Jose Fonte
Defence: Pepe
Defence: Cedric Soares
Defence: Raphael Guerreiro

Midfield: Joao Moutinho
Midfield: William Carvalho
Midfield: Andre Gomes

Forward: Nani
Forward: Ricardo Quaresma
Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo

Mexico vs Russia Head to Head [H2H]:

 

Facts:

Portugal and Mexico are level on four points each coming into the final group game but Portugal have their chance to improve their goal difference against minnows New Zealand while Mexico have to play hosts Russia.

New Zealand took the lead against Mexico in their last match but eventually fell to a 2-1 defeat and now the Kiwis must play for pride against the reigning European Champions. Cristiano Ronaldo’s formidable 2017 should continue on Saturday.

Our Prediction:

PORTUGAL TO WIN.