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06/09/2018 Kick Off:  7:45 pm Estadio Algarve V Predicted Score:1 - 2

Away Croatia

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Match Summary

One to Watch: Luka Modric

With no Ronaldo, it is hard to argue against Cristiano’s former teammate as the star man on the pitch.

As captain, he is assured a starting spot and after scooping the UEFA Champions League midfielder of the year award for the second time, Modric is a man at the top of his game.

He was, however, the subject of transfer gossip over the summer and rumours were rife he wanted out of Real Madrid.

Whether that affects him or not remains to be seen but with 113 caps and 14 goals, Modric could be one of the savvier picks in our international friendly predictions to help his side get on the scoresheet, with both teams to score at evens with Paddy Power.  

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Team News

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The big news is head coach Fernando Santos leaving Cristiano Ronaldo out of the squad for his nation’s upcoming games.

Santos has taken the decision to allow Ronaldo time to focus on his ‘new journey’ with Juventus, which will be a big boost to Croatia.

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Head coach Zlatko Dalić has announced a strong squad for the game against Portugal, with inspirational midfielder Luka Modric set to carry on with the captain’s armband.

However, perhaps the spotlight will be more on Dalic, who launched a remarkable tirade against Ronaldo in the lead-up to this game.

Portugal vs Croatia Football Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

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Fernando Santos decided to leave Cristiano Ronaldo out of this game against Croatia

Portugal welcome World Cup finalists Croatia to the Estadio Algarve on Thursday, in one of the more eagerly anticipated international friendlies of the week. The home side will be out to prove a point after a last 16 defeat to Uruguay, but will have to do it without star man Cristiano Ronaldo who will be absent.

Their opponents will still be on a high despite losing to France in the Russian final, but know a friendly victory over a tough Portuguese side will cement them as one of Europe’s top dogs. Our football predictions for this game make for a dogged affair early doors, which comes alive as the game progresses. As friendlies go, this is one not to be missed.

Portugal are 29/20 to win and for a side that are the defending European championships, that is a very tempting price. Especially considering Croatia have never beaten Portugal in their four prior meetings, making it one of the best football score predictions for this game.

Croatia are 9/5 to win and that may be worth a punt as today’s football prediction. Cristiano Ronaldo is absent and that could be crucial in getting Croatia their first win over Portugal.

The draw is 9/4, which is a decent price even though there have been no draws between the sides. However, a friendly is a different type of game and much depends on whether the two sides are up for the fight.

No goal before 33:00 is 5/6 and is one of our best football betting tips for this game. Neither side has started quickly in their last couple of games, with Croatia the only side to have scored prior to the 33rd minute in the last 360 minutes of action.

Ivan Perisic to score anytime is 5/2 and that is one of the best football predictions for this game. The Croatian has scored two in his nation’s last two games, as well as twice for club side Inter Milan this season

Predicted Score: Portugal 1 - 2 Croatia

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Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!