Portugal vs Czechia Preview: The Last Cristiano Ronaldo’s Euro Campaign Starts Against The Locomotives

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
11 June 2024, 09:56

Portugal vs Czechia

The Euro 2024 clash between Portugal and Czechia will be crucial for both teams as they aim to start their campaigns on a positive note. Portugal, the 2016 European champions, are among the favourites to win the tournament, boasting a squad filled with world-class talent. Czechia, on the other hand, will be looking to build on their impressive run to the quarterfinals at Euro 2020 and make a strong statement in this year's competition. Both teams have shown strong form in the lead-up to the tournament. Portugal breezed through their qualification group, winning all 10 matches and scoring 36 goals while conceding just twice. Czechia also had a solid qualification campaign and has been revitalised under the management of Ivan Hašek, who decided to rely on the squad filled with young, hungry players.

Portugal Team News

Portugal enters Euro 2024 with high expectations, led by head coach Roberto Martínez. Cristiano Ronaldo, set to play in his sixth European Championship, remains a key figure for the team and despite being 39 years old, his goal-scoring prowess and leadership will be invaluable for Portugal, as he recently became the top scorer in Saudi Pro League. The team also boasts a strong defensive lineup with players like Rúben Dias and João Cancelo, and a dynamic midfield featuring Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva. Martínez has already hinted that he will field their strongest starting XI against Czechia, aiming to secure a crucial three points in their opening match. However, given Portugal's attacking options, including Diogo Jota, João Félix, and Rafael Leão, it seems that there is no combination that will look less winning, a decisive factor when considering Portugal vs Czechia prediction.

Czechia Team News

Czechia, managed by Ivan Hašek, has undergone significant changes since their quarter-final appearance at Euro 2020. The squad now features a younger, more dynamic group of players, with Tomáš Souček serving as the captain and most experienced member of the team. Patrik Schick, who was a standout performer at the previous Euros, remains a crucial player for Czechia, having recently won the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen. In their recent friendlies, the Locomotives demonstrated its tactical readiness, securing victories against Norway and Armenia with the same score 2-1. The team will rely on the defensive solidity provided by players like Vladimír Coufal and Tomáš Holeš, while the midfield, led by Souček and Antonín Barák, will be tasked with controlling the game. The team’s attacking options, including Schick and Adam Hlozek, must be at their best to provide the Locomotives with what it needs the most — goals.

Portugal vs Czechia Prediction

Portugal to Win

Portugal appears as one of the main favourites of the upcoming Euro, and has one of the strongest squads in Europe. As for Czechia, despite its stable qualification run, the team is still in the process of building and despite Hašek’s reliance on the young players, this may be not enough, especially in the matches against top teams. Portugal, in this regard, is way more cohesive and balanced, not to say classy in terms of players. This Portugal vs Czechia tip comes at 1.53 at MrPlay.

Total Goals Portugal Over 1.5

Portugal has a boasting attacking squad filled with players who can create goals out of nothing, including Rafael Leão, Diogo Jota, and, naturally, Cristiano Ronaldo. Through its qualification campaign, Portugal scored 36 goals in 10 matches and only in two matches Selecção das Quinas scored less than two. With these statistics, and being the favourite of the upcoming match, as per Portugal vs Czechia odds, at least two goals from Cristiano and company is well-expected. This outcome can be picked up at 1.65 at MrPlay.

First Half Winner — Portugal

Portugal is quite fond of winning the first halves, to ensure the dominance and then proceed to securing the advantage in the second half. This philosophy of Martínez was vividly manifested during the qualification campaign, when Selecção das Quinas secured wins in 8 out of 10 matches. The head-to-head history also favours these statistics, as Portugal emerged as a winner of the first half in the last two consecutive games between the two, in the framework of UEFA Nations League. The win of Portugal in the first half of the upcoming clash comes at 2.03 at MrPlay.

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