Portugal will be looking to maintain their lead in UEFA Nations League Group B when they face the Czech Republic on Thursday night at the Estadio Jose Alvalade. Santos' team leads League A Group 2 on goal differential and knows what it takes to win the Nations League after winning the inaugural edition three years ago.
With Qatar 2022 just around the corner, they have a bigger fish to fry and they will hope that this tournament will offer the needed preparatory springboard. Having annihilated Switzerland a forth-night ago via a 4-0 scoreline, the upcoming clash with Czech Republic is one that the Iberians will relish.
They enter the encounter having lost just one of their 14 Nations League encounters since the tournament's inception. Their form across all competitions is also admirable as they have been defeated only once in their last 11 matches across all competitions. Their chances are further boosted by the fact that they have not lost against the Czechs in over two decades.
Needless to say the visitors, will come into the encounter poised to make a difference, having narrowly missed out on a World Cup qualification. They come into Thursday's game on the back of an impressive 2-2 draw with Spain. Silhavy's men are second in League A Group 2 with four points from their first two games. They have conceded one goal in all five of their Nations League battles away from home so far.
Portugal have only lost one of its 14 UEFA Nations League games. They have also score four goals on average at home during the period.
Czech Republic have won five of their past six away games. They are also undefeated in their last six games in all competitions.
Cristiano Ronaldo has already scored twice this season and is the competition's top scorer. He already has 117 international goals, more than any other player in football history.
Portugal are unbeaten in 62 of their last 69 international games.
Predicted starting XI
Portugal: Patricio; Cancelo, Pereira, Duarte, Guerreiro; Moutinho, Palhinha, Fernandes; Silva, Ronaldo, Leao
Czech Republic: Vaclik; Zima, Brabec, Mateju; Coufal, Kral, Soucek, Havel; Hlozek, Pesek; Kuchta
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