Czech Republic will lock horns with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal on Matchday 5 of the UEFA Nations League 2022-23 League A at the Sinobo Stadium, Prague. The match is scheduled to start at 12:15 AM IST on Sunday, September 25.
Both the teams are vying for the top spot in Group 2 of UEFA Nations League A, which is currently held by Spain.
As things stand, the Portugal football team is placed second in the group with seven points from four games whereas Czech Republic are third with four points from as many games.
It’s a must-win game for the Czech Republic as a victory for Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. will strengthen their chances of qualifying for the knockouts, while bringing an end to the hosts’ season.
Taking into account recent form, Czech Republic have won just four of their last 10 matches in all competitions. Moreover, they lost their last two UEFA Nations League A matches to Spain and Portugal by identical scorelines of 0-2.
Portugal, on the other hand, have won six of the last 10 matches in all competitions. They started their UEFA Nations League campaign with a draw against Spain and followed up with convincing wins over Switzerland and Czech Republic.
However, they missed out on a chance to claim the top spot as they lost to Switzerland in the reverse fixture.
Ahead of this encounter, Czech Republic will bank on their strong goal-scoring record at home in the UEFA Nations League. Silhavy's side has scored in every home game since the tournament’s inception, a record that Portugal’s defence would be wary of.
Czech Republic vs Portugal head-to-head record
Portugal boasts a superior head-to-head record vs Czech Republic. The inaugural UEFA Nations League champions have won three out of the four matches between the two sides while Czech Republic clinched the first-ever clash 1-0 at Euro 1996.
Czech Republic vs Portugal predicted XIs
Czech Republic (3-4-3): Tomas Vaclik; David Zima, Jakub Brabec, Vaclav Jemelka; Vladimir Coufal, Tomas Soucek, Jakub Jankto, Jaroslav Zeleny; Vaclav Cerny, Patrik Schick, Adam Hlozek
Portugal (4-3-3): Rui Patricio; Joao Cancelo, Danilo Pereira, Ruben Dias, Nuno Mendes; Bruno Fernandes, William Carvalho, Matheus Nunes; Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Leao
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