UEFA Nations League : Portugal vs Czech Republic Match Preview, Line Up, Match Info

Portugal vs. Czech Republic - prediction, team news, lineups

Both Portugal And The Czech Republic Will Look To Continue Their Unbeaten Starts To The 2022-23 Uefa Nations League In Their Group A Group 2 Clash In Lisbon On Thursday.

Fernando Santos' Side Scored Four Unanswered Goals In Their Last Game Against Switzerland As Their Visitors Impressively Held Spain To A 2-2 Draw.

Cristiano Ronaldo Returned To The Starting Xi In Style, Scoring 116 And 117 International Goals To Help His Portugal Side Teach Switzerland A Footballing Lesson As The Selecao Won Comfortably 4-0. The Five-time Ballon D'or Winner Scored Two Goals Either Side As He Assisted William Carvalho's Opener And Saw Joao Cancelo Finish The Job In The Second Half As Portugal Kept A Close Eye On The Prize Ahead Of The Third Of Four Games This Month.

Santos Found Themselves Top Of League A Group 2 After Winning The Inaugural Edition Three Years Ago And Know What It Takes To Make It All The Way To The Nations League, But In Form They Have Bigger Fish To Fry. World Cup Later This Year.

Portugal Have Now Lost Just One Of Their 14 Nations League Matches Since The Start Of The Tournament And Welcome The Czech Republic To Switzerland Having Won Six Of Their Last Seven At Home In All Competitions, But The Visitors Have Already Disappointed One Iberian Nation.

Goals From Jakub Pešek And Jan Kuchta Either Side Of A Reply From Teenage Star Gavi Raised Hopes Of A Famous Win Over Spain For The Czech Republic, But The World Number 33 Had To Strike Late In Prague. Much Changed Roja Would Equalize With Inigo Martinez's Header Off The Crossbar In The Dying Embers Of The Match And Deny The Czech Republic All Three Points, But Jaroslav Šilhavy Still Impressed In The Opening Doors Of The A-league. An Opening-day Win Over Switzerland Means The Czechia Are Second With Four Points From Their Opening Two Games, And Šilhavý Admitted After The Draw With Spain That He "never Dreamed" His Team Could Boast Such A Result. Moment.

The Visitors Can Afford To Focus All Their Efforts On Success In The Nations League

At Least Avoid Relegation To League B - After Coming So Close Yet So Far From World Cup Qualification, Conceding One Goal In Five. For Now, The League Of Nations Is Struggling Away From Home.

Portugal And The Czech Republic Have Only Met Three Times Before 

All At The European Championships - And The Selecao Won 3-1 At Euro 2008 Before Ronaldo's Winner Got Them Over The Line With A Goal To Nil Four Years Later. . Portuguese Manager Santos Once Again Saw His Side Come Through The Clash With Switzerland Unscathed, But Changes Are Certainly On The Way Despite Such Success On Home Soil. Pepe's 39-year-old Legs May Not Be Able To Handle Three Starts In The Space Of A Week, So Domingos Duarte Could Get An Opportunity In Defense Alongside Raphael Guerreiro. Bernardo Silva And Rafael Leao Will Also Be Looking To Recover After Coming On As Substitutes On Matchday, While Diogo Costa And Rui Patricio Will Continue Their Battle For The Gloves.

The Czechia, On The Other Hand, Lost Left Back Jaroslav Zelený In The First Half Against Spain, And His Substitute Jakub Jankto Was Forced Off At Halftime. Silhavý Is Unsure Of The Severity Of The Pair's Injuries At This Stage, But Right-back Milan Havel Should Prepare For An Emergency Intervention On The Opposite Wing.

Bayer Leverkusen Star Adam Hložek Will Be Seen This Week After Returning To The Final Third Through Ondřej Linger, Pešek Is Unlikely To Drop Out Due To Šilhavý's Recent Crisis On The Left Wing.

Portugal possible starting lineup:

Patricio; Cancelo, Pereira, Duarte, Guerreiro; Moutinho, Palhinha, Fernandes; Silva, Ronaldo, Leao

Czech Republic possible starting lineup:

Vaclik; Mateju, Brabec, Zima; Coufal, Kral, Soucek, Havel; Hlozek, Kuchta, Pesek

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