Russia vs Portugal Preview & Prediction
Competition : Confederations Cup
Date: 21 June 2017
Kick-off: 16:00 GMT Time
Stadium: Otkrytiye Arena (Moscow)
Referee : Gianluca Rocchi
Russia vs Portugal Preview :
Russia have a tough test against European Champions Portugal in the the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 Group Stage on Wednesday.The tournament hosts got underway with a rudimentary 2-0 win over minnows New Zealand while Portugal conceded a stoppage time equaliser to draw 2-2 against Mexico.
Russia are expected to stick with the attacking partnership of Dmitry Poloz and Fyodor Smolov, with the latter getting on the scoresheet against New Zealand. Yuri Zhirkov is an option in midfield but could again be deployed on the left, with head coach Stanislav Cherchesov unlikely to move away from playing three centre backs.
Portugal are unlikely to make any drastic changes. Ricardo Quaresma scored the opener against Mexico and should continue on the right-flank, opposite Andre Gomes. Cristiano Ronaldo hit the woodwork and set up a goal last time out but will be hungry to get on the scoresheet himself. He should be joined by Nani in attack, although promising young striker Andre Silva is a viable alternative.
Russia XI: Akinfeev – Vasin, Jikia, Kudryashov, Samedov, Tarasov, Glushakov, Golovin, Zhirkov, Poloz, Smolov
Portugal XI: Patricio – Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, Moutinho, Carvalho, Gomes, Quaresma, Ronaldo, Nani
Russia vs Portugal Head-to-Head Stats (H2h):
Portugal slightly edge the h2h record with 3 wins as against Russia’s 2 in 6 encounters between the two sides so far.
|IF||14-11-2015||FT||Russia||1 : 0||Portugal|
|WC||07-06-2013||FT||Portugal||1 : 0||Russia|
|WC||12-10-2012||FT||Russia||1 : 0||Portugal|
|WC||07-09-2005||FT||1Russia||0 : 0||Portugal|
|WC||13-10-2004||FT||Portugal||7 : 1||Russia|
Russia vs Portugal Prediction:
- Cristiano Ronaldo’s brilliance helped Portugal to a 2-2 draw against Mexico in their group opener but they’ll need to go one better here to ensure they still have a realistic chance of progressing to the knockout phase of the competition.
- In the last four matches between the two nations since Portugal’s 7-1 win over Russia in the 2004 World Cup there have only been three goals scored. Another low scoring game could be on the cards here.
Prediction : Russia 1 – 2 Portugal
Russia vs Portugal Betting Tips :
- Both Teams to Score at 1.95 by Bet365Double Chance – Russia or Draw at 1.86 by Unibet.