19:45 GMT 17 November 2018
The third international break of the European domestic season is well underway and Nations League football has been dominating. There’s another heavyweight clash on Saturday as Italy host Portugal in Group A3.
Portugal’s record against Italy has improved recently as they have won both of the last two meetings following a run of 10 consecutive Italian victories. Five of the last 10 games have finished 1-0, including the last two which also means over 2.5 goals have been scored in just two of the last seven matches. On both occasions, both teams scored, the only times this has happened in the same amount of meetings.
To increase their chances of avoiding relegation from the group, Italy need to win against Portugal. Federico Bernardeschi has been forced to drop out of the squad while there could be debuts for Sandro Tonali, Stefano Sensi and Vincenzo Grifo. Latest matches: Italy
Latest matches: Italy
The headline news concerns Cristiano Ronaldo and his continued absence from the Portugal squad. Although, Jose Fonte, Raphael Guerreiro, Andre Gomes and Joao Mario are all back in the international fold.
Latest matches: Portugal
Portugal have been in considerably better form than Italy recently and it certainly wouldn’t be a surprise to see them win on Saturday evening. However, with neither side’s games tending to produce too many goals, there might be some value when backing under 2.5 goals. If he starts, Andre Silva looks a likely goalscorer.
17 November 2018 - 19:45 GMT
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