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Russia vs Portugal Match Preview

19 Jun 2017 Keith M. INTERNATIONAL: Confederations Cup, Group A
INTERNATIONAL: Confederations Cup, Group A

Russia

  • L
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • W

vs

Kick-off
15:00 GMT
21 June 2017

Portugal

  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D

Kick-off
15:00 GMT 21 June 2017

The Russia vs. Portugal match will be played on Wednesday, June 21, at the Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow. This is the second round match of Confederations Cup group A. In the first round, Russia defeated New Zealand by 2:0, while Portugal recorded a draw against Mexico, 2:2.

STATS

  • Russia is currently in a series of 4 matches without a defeat. They scored 9 goals in that period, so their attackers are in an excellent form at the moment.
  • Portugal was defeated only once in their last 8 games. Also, they scored at least two goals in all those matches, and we might witness a real goal fiesta against Russia.

HEAD TO HEAD

These national teams played 6 head to head matches up to date. Portugal won 3 , Russia 2 , while one game ended in a draw. All games were played in the 21st century. In 5 out of those six games, we saw under 2.5 goals. In 2004, Portugal humiliated Russia, beating them by 7:1 in World Cup qualifying match.

RUSSIA NEWS

Russia recorded a comfortable victory against New Zealand in the first round match by 2:0. Boxall scored an own goal in the 31st minute, while Smolov scored another one for the Russia in the 69th minute. As it was expected,  Russia completely dominated in the match, and the result could have been even more convincing. However, now they will face a reigning European champion, and the upcoming game should be a whole different cup of tea. Russia will probably be more defensive and wait for their chance to counter-attack Portugal.

Latest matches: Russia

17.06.2017 Conf Russia New Zealand 2:0 W
09.06.2017 Int. Russia Chile 1:1 D
05.06.2017 Int. Hungary Russia 0:3 W
28.03.2017 Int. Russia Belgium 3:3 D
24.03.2017 Int. Russia Ivory Coast 0:2 L

PORTUGAL NEWS

Portugal recorded a draw against Mexico, despite leading twice. Moreno scored the equalizing goal in the stoppage time and made the life difficult for Portugal. The European champion will probably have to defeat Russia to secure the place in the knockout stage of the tournament.

Latest matches: Portugal

18.06.2017 Conf Portugal Mexico 2:2 D
09.06.2017 Worl Latvia Portugal 0:3 W
03.06.2017 Int. Portugal Cyprus 4:0 W
28.03.2017 Int. Portugal Sweden 2:3 L
25.03.2017 Worl Portugal Hungary 3:0 W

SUMMING UP!

Both teams are in a very good form at the moment. It is hard to predict who will win the match, but we should see an attractive game full of goals.

About the author - Keith M.

Dedicated tipster with five years of experience. Devoted Arsenal fan and sports writer.

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