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Russia – Portugal (Confederations Cup)

After a comfortable win over New Zealand, Russia now have to face Portugal national team at the Spartak Stadium, in Moscow, for the 2nd round of Group A of the Confederations Cup.The russians entered in the competition with their right foot and benefited from Portugal draw against Mexico (2-2), and are now group leaders with 2 points of safety. Portugal, on the other hand, have the same points than Mexico (1), and are now obliged to get a victory here in order to keep alive their hopes of proceeding to the semi-finals of the competition.

Russia are 1st placed in the Group A with 3 points, result of 1 victory, with 2 goals scored and none conceded. The russians, who will host the 2018 World Cup, enjoyed a good start in this competition by getting a comfortable win against New Zealand, by 2-0, in what was their first official game since the beginning of 2017, having only been playing friendly matches since the end of March, facing Ivory Coast, Belgium, Hungary and Chile. Every russian player plays in the Russian Premier League, mainly for teams like Spartak Moscow and FK Rostov. All the players know each other well since they play in the same club competition all year, but will now have to face the Euro 2016 champions that will look for the 3 points here, what might lead Russia to adopt a more defensive strategy in order to reduce Portugal’s pass lines.

In their last 5 matches, with the first 4 being friendlies, Russia has a record of 2 victories, 2 draws and 1 defeat. This sequence of results started with a 0-2 defeat against Ivory Coast. This result was followed by a 3-3 draw against Belgium, a 3-0 win over Hungary, a 1-1 draw against Chile, and in their last clash, a 2-0 win against New Zealand.

Probable Lineup: Akinfeev – Jikia, Vasin and Kudryashov – Samedov, Golovin, Glushakov, Gazinskiy and Zhirkov – Smolov and Poloz.

confederations 2017Portugal, on their turn, are 2nd placed in the Group A with only 1 point, like Mexico, result of 1 draw, with 2 goals scored and 2 goals conceded. The portuguese national team didn’t entered in the the competition in the desired way by drawing 2-2 against Mexico, and although they were twice in advantage, wining by 1-0 and 2-1, they ended up conceding the last goal in the last minute of the game. A defeat here would, practically, leave Portugal out of the competition, what makes the victory here absolutely indispensable.

The Quinas national team possesses, without a doubt, a very talented squad, with a very strong backbone starting with Rui Patricio in goal, defenders like Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro or Nelson Semedo, a creative midfield with Moutinho, André Gomes and Pizzi, and talented forwards like Cristiano Ronaldo, André Silva, Quaresma, Bernardo Silva, among others. The Euro 2016 champions are now obliged to get here a better performance than the one against Mexico. In the match against the mexicans, there were seen some defensive difficulties, especially in the 2nd goal, so Fernando Santos will need to improve their defensive organization. Offensively, the portuguese side have an explosive attack, always supported by a creative and solid midfield.

In their last 5 matches, Portugal has record of 3 victories, 1 draw and 1 defeat. This sequence of results started with a 3-0 win against Hungary. This result was followed by a 2-3 defeat against Sweden, friendly match, a 4-0 win over Cyprus, friendly match, a 0-3 win against Latvia, and in their last clash, a 2-2 draw against Mexico.

Probable Lineup: Patricio – Semedo, Pepe, Fonte and Guerreiro – Danilo, Moutinho, Bernardo Silva and André Gomes – Ronaldo and André Silva.

Russia won 2 of their only 6 direct confronts, drawing 1 and losing the remaining 3.

Russia
1-0
Portugal
Friendlies 2015
Portugal
1-0
Russia
WC2014 UEFA
Russia
1-0
Portugal
WC2014 UEFA
Russia
0-0
Portugal
WC2006 UEFA
Portugal
7-1
Russia
WC2006 UEFA
Russia
0-2
Portugal
Euro 2004

Although they are away from their own ground, Portugal have a very talented national team, more than the russians, and with Cristiano Ronaldo in top form, an influent factor in every game, the Quinas national team should be able to get all the spoils here, although this shouldn’t be a game with a lot of goals.

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Portugal to Win 1.95 Bet365
russia
Russia
  • Country: Russia
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  • City: Moscovo
  • Establishment: 1992

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portugal
Portugal
  • Country: Portugal
  • Stadium:
  • City: Lisboa
  • Establishment: 1914

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Fábio Mota
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