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Portugal's squad, key players, winning odds for the 2019 UEFA Nations League finals

May 23, 2019 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
Fernando Santos will lead out the Selecao in search of another silverware after the historic triumph at EURO 2016 in France.

Portugal enters the inaugural UEFA Nations League finals after finishing ahead of both Italy and Poland in the group stage. The Selecao is now gearing up to go head-to-head with Switzerland in the semi-final, come June 5. Having featured in the same group in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, the stakes are once again high for both countries with the very first edition of the UEFA Nations League title there for the taking.

What is Portugal's squad for the UEFA Nations League finals?

Goalkeepers: Beto, Ruit Patricio, Jose Sa

Defenders: Raphael Guerreiro, Mario Rui, Nelson Semedo, Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Pepe, Jose Fonte

Midfielders: Bruno Fernandes, Danilo Pereira, William Carvalho, Pizzi, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho 

Forwards: Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Jota, Dyego Sousa, Joao Felix, Goncalo Guedes, Rafa Silva

Who are the key players for Portugal?

Cristiano Ronaldo:

The five-time Ballon d'or winner who remains Portugal's record top goalscorer with 85 goals in 156 appearances looks set to lead the attacking line for the Euro 2016 winners. The 34-year-old was excused from international duty during the group stage but looks pumped to return following a stellar season with Juventus.

The newly-crowned Serie A Player of the Year scored 21 goals and assisted eight in his first season in the Italian League for the Bianconeri.

Bernardo Silva:

The Portuguese playmaker was outstanding throughout the 2018/19 campaign for Manchester City and, deservedly so, was named the Etihad Player of the Season. The attacking midfielder played a huge role in the Blues' domestic treble this season, contributing a combined 25 goals and assist to the cause.

Bruno Fernandes:

Bruno Fernandes could be a real asset for Portugal ahead of the UEFA Nations League after recording mind boggling numbers in the Primeira Liga this season. The Sporting CP skipper has been hailed as the Selecao's top performer this season after scoring 31 goals and providing 17 assists from midfield.

There is no need telling how essential he will be to Fernando Santos' plans should he replicate the form in the upcoming tests.

What are the odds of Portugal winning the 2019 UEFA Nations?

Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates are just two matches away from getting their hands on the very first-ever trophy of the UEFA Nations League on home soil. Should they overcome the upcoming test with Switzerland, the Selecao could potentially meet England or the Netherlands in the final.

The former impressed at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and has been tipped by many bookies as favorites to win the tournament. With a blend of experience and youth, Gareth Southgate's side overcame the tests of Spain and Croatia to reach the semis.

Relatively, Roland Koeman's resurgent Netherlands cruised past the last two World Cup winners, France and Germany, to book a place alongside the Three Lions. All in all, should Portugal successfully see off Switzerland, whichever adversary that may await Fernando Santos' side will be a force to reckon with although the Selecao's home advantage could prove to be the deciding factor.

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