Portugal vs Ukraine Betting Preview – 22/03/2019

Portugal vs Ukraine Betting Preview – 22/03/2019

Portugal vs Ukraine

Portugal kick-off their European Championship Qualifiers with a fixture against Ukraine this Friday at the Estádio da Luz. Portugal will be hoping for another successful campaign after winning Euro 2016, defeating host nation France at the Parc des Princes. Qualifying from Group B should not be too much of a tough task for the hosts as they sit as favourites to do so. Ukraine, on the other hand, will be most likely battling with Serbia for the second qualifying spot in the group. The last time these sides met was back in 1996, where they crossed paths twice and both secured a win.

Fernando Santos will be planning on building on his sides successful run in the Nations League which saw them finish in pole position and secure a spot in the Semi-Finals. Out of the four games played during the Nations League, Portugal avoided losing a single game with them securing two wins and two draws. The hosts went up against Poland in their latest fixture and picked up their second consecutive draw.  As mentioned above, Portugal are the favourites to qualify from Group B and have odds of 8/13 with SkyBet to do so. Bet365 has Portugal to win priced at 2/5.

All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo this Friday as this will be the first match back for 34-year-old since the World Cup. The Portuguese talisman always plays a vital role for his side and you can expect a big performance on his return. The forward has bagged 19 goals in 26 games for Juventus and can be backed with Betway to score anytime for a price of 3/4. Portugal have only managed to score a single goal in all of their last four home games and Bet365 has them score one goal again priced at 2/1.

Ukraine have the odds stacked against them for this fixture, but with it being the first game of the international break anything could happen. The hosts will be battling for second place with Serbia so every point they can pick up will be vital. However, Ukraine will need to improve on their latest performances which have seen them go two games without a win. Their latest fixture threw them up against Turkey which ended in a 0-0 stalemate. SkyBet has the travelling side to win priced at 13/2.

Arriving as the away side for this fixture will not fill Andriy Shevchenko with tonnes of confidence as they have only emerged victorious in two of their last six away games. However, a draw may be on the cards with Ukraine drawing three of their last six away games. SkyBet has a draw priced at 3/1. Ukraine have only managed to score a single goal in all of their last four matches they have netted and Bet365 has them to score one goal priced at 13/8.

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