Portugal v Czech Republic Nations League 2022/23 Football Tips

Portugal are clear favourites to win this Nations League A Group 2 encounter, and with good reason. Fernando Santos’ side have won five of their six home matches in all competitions this season, including the 4-0 demolition of Switzerland in this competition last weekend.

Double Chance: Draw or Czech Republic to Win

The hosts boast an impressive record in the Nations League, having become the tournament’s inaugural winners three years ago.

But there is merit in backing Czech Republic to get something from this game.

The visitors only trail Portugal at the top of the group on goal difference, after beating Switzerland 2-1 and drawing 2-2 against Spain.

Czech Republic led twice against Spain and would have claimed all three points had they not conceded a 90th-minute equaliser.

Their excellent form so far in this competition is no fluke, either.

Jaroslav Silhavy’s side are unbeaten in their last nine matches, with their only defeat in normal time this season coming against Belgium last September.

Portugal, meanwhile, are beatable on home turf.

They lost 2-1 against Serbia in Lisbon last November, a result which relegated them into a World Cup qualification play-off and reduced Cristiano Ronaldo to tears.

Don’t be surprised if Czech Republic cause a similar upset here.

Anytime Goalscorer: Jan Kutcha

Jan Kutcha has flourished in the absence of Patrik Schick, Czech Republic’s star striker, who is out injured after undergoing groin surgery.

Kutcha scored against both Switzerland and Spain and is an attractive price to make it three goals in as many games against Portugal.

Both Teams to Score: Yes

Czech Republic have scored in eight of their last nine matches, while it’d be similar to back against Portugal – who, alongside Ronaldo, boast gifted attacking players such as Diogo Jota, Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva – finding the net.

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