CRO vs POR Dream11: Croatia and Portugal will meet for a second time in this season’s UEFA Nations League A game in the group stages in Stadion Poljud. When the two sides last met, Portugal hammered Croatia, putting 4 goals past him. Since then, Portugal has gone on to win all their games until they lost 1-0 to France which puts them second in the table. Portugal needs a win in order to keep their hopes of defending their title still alive whereas Croatia will be fighting Sweden, who play France, to avoid relegation as former currently sit above on goal difference.
Croatia vs Portugal, UEFA Nations League A
18th November, 1:15 am (IST)
Stadion Poljud, Split, Croatia
Croatia – WWLDL
Portugal – DDWWL
Head-to-head (last five meetings): Of the last 5 meetings, Portugal has beaten Croatia 4 times, with one draw being played out.
Last meeting: Portugal 4-1 Croatia (UEFA Nations League A, 5th September 2020)
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A) Croatia Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Duje Caleta-Car picked up another yellow card in the group stages which rules him out of this game.
Doubtful starters: Filip Uremovic had to be taken off just before half-time with an injury but the length of absence is still unknown.
Expected changes: Dejan Lovren returns just in time to replace Caleta-Car in the lineup and Josip Juranovic will be ready to deputize for the injured Uremovic if the need arises. Zlatko Dalic is likely to name a similar team apart from the aforementioned changes. A Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic double pivot will be crucial for the game with Ivan Perisic and Josip Brekalo playing on either flank for the CRO vs POR Dream11 Prediction.
CRO Playing 11 (probable):
Dominik Livakovic (GK)
B) Portugal Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Fernando Santos has no injured players for the game against Croatia.
Doubtful: Raphael Guerreiro has picked up a muscle injury but should be deemed fit for the game.
Expected changes: Rui Patricio is expected to continue in goal, behind Nelson Semedo, Ruben Dias, Domingos Duarte and Raphael Guerreiro. Mario Ruiz may take Guerreiro’s place in case of his unavailability. Ruben Neves might replace William Carvalho in midfield, alongside Danilo Pereira and Bruno Fernandes. Diogo Joto, who has had an excellent start to his time at Liverpool, may get his chance ahead of Joao Felix. Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to lead the line.
POR Playing 11 (probable):
Rui Patricio (GK)
Bookies aren’t giving Croatia much of a chance with Coral and Betway offering odds of 3.75 and 3.50 respectively and a Portugal win at 2.00. The Selecao were in excellent form but the loss to France will be a crushing one and Fernando Santos will have to get a win and hope that France loses their game in order to progress. Croatia will also hope to stay in League A but with their poor form, they’ll have to do well against a determined Portugal in the CRO vs POR Today Match Prediction.
Captain Options –
Ivan Perisic – Perisic has moved back to Inter and has managed 2 goals and 2 assists in that time. He has also provided 16 key passes and created 18 chances as well. He covers up very well at left-back too with 18 clearances and 5 interceptions. He was one of the main players in the Croatian side that spectacularly reached the finals of the 2018 World Cup.
Nikola Vlasic – Vlasic has had an excellent season so far with 6 goals and 6 in just 15 appearances. He has been great for CSKA Moscow, providing a massive 48 key passes and 54 created chances across all competitions this season. He has put in 13 accurate crosses, succeeded 43 dribbles and has a passing accuracy of 83%.
Josip Brekalo – Brekalo has been a key player for Croatia with a goal and 2 assists in just 3 starts. He also bagged a goal and assist in their friendly against Turkey. He has created 10 goal scoring opportunities in the Nations League so far.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 6 goals and provided 2 assists in all competitions for Juventus in just 5 starts. He has 2 goals in 3 starts for Portugal in the Nations League and came off the bench against Andorra to bag a goal and assist in 45 minutes.
Diogo Jota – Diogo Jota is loving life in Liverpool with 7 goals in 5 starts for the club, including a hattrick against Atalanta and the winning goal against West Ham United. His form in the Nations League has been as impressive with 3 goals and an assist in 2 starts for Portugal.
Bruno Fernandes – Fernandes has 6 goals and 5 assists in just 9 starts for Manchester United this season. He put in a man of the match performance against Everton in United’s last game with 2 goals and an assist. He also has created 23 chances and provided 20 key passes in the Premier League and 17 key passes and 18 created chances in the Nations League.
Differential picks –
Luka Modric – Modric has been one of the best midfielders of the modern era and has helped Croatia to the World Cup finals in 2018 and Real Madrid to multiple major titles. He also has 16 goals and 20 assists for the Croatian national team and Zlatko Dalic will turn to experienced players like him to get a result against Portugal.
Ruben Neves – Ruben Neves is likely to replace William Carvalho in midfield owing to his excellent work at both ends of the pitch at Wolves. Upfront, he has created 9 chances and provided 9 key passes with a passing accuracy of 86%. In defence, he has 15 clearances and 11 interceptions.