New Zealand v Portugal match preview and betting tips
It should be an easy ride for Portugal as they dispose of sorry New Zealand on Saturday
June 23rd, 2017
Portugal are in a very strong position as regards their chances of making it into the Confederations Cup semi-finals with their disappointing 2-2 draw with Mexico being followed by a 1-0 win over competition host nation Russia. The Euro 2016 winners squandered the lead twice against Mexico to go in level on the final whistle, however the victory over Russia kept them in contention for the next stage of the tournament with goal-difference alone keeping them in second place in Group A.
Table-topping Mexico face hosts Russia in what looks set to be a tough battle and this could pave the way for Portugal to go top of the table should they collect all three points against the All Whites this afternoon. Indeed we don’t envisage the reigning European champions having too many problems against a New Zealand side which are already resigned to their fate. The All Whites lost their first two matches and it will likely be three consecutive defeats this afternoon against a Portugal outfit which have suffered just two defeats in their last nineteen outings.
Cristiano Ronaldo will be on many punters’ minds when it comes to backing an anytime goalscorer and while he looks the obvious choice, we’ll be avoiding him completely considering his measly odds and the fact that he will likely be used sparingly given that tougher clashes are on the horizon. Nani may be the man to watch this afternoon, the Valencia player sitting on the bench in the win over Russia but likely to feature against New Zealand as he seeks to end his six-game international goal-drought by scoring against the group minnows.