Portugal host Algeria in a friendly fixture on Thursday evening, with the Euro 2016 winners looking to return to winning ways following a run of three matches without a success. However, with Algeria set to pose a significant threat to the home side, it promises to be a close encounter at the Estadio da Luz in the Portuguese capital.
International Friendly – Estádio da Luz, Lisbon – Thursday 7th June – 20:15 UK Time
Portugal vs Algeria Match Preview
Portugal take part in their final match before this summer’s World Cup in Russia when they host Algeria in Lisbon on Thursday, with Fernando Santos’ side hoping to earn a confidence-boosting victory. The visitors have lost their last three matches, however they have the firepower to cause Portugal problems. For those still unsure of who to back, be sure to check out our top betting tip below. However, let’s first take a closer look at the two teams, starting with the home side.
Portugal Team News & Form
Portugal have drawn with both Tunisia and Belgium in recent weeks, with just a matter of days now remaining until their opening World Cup fixture against neighbours Spain. The hosts are likely to have Cristiano Ronaldo back in their side following his Champions League exploits with Real Madrid, while the likes of Ruben Dias and Rui Patricio could also return to the starting eleven.
Algeria Team News & Form
Algeria come into the match off the back of a disappointing defeat to Cape Verde, with Rabah Madjer’s throwing away a winning position by conceding two second half goals. The likes of Riyad Mahrez and former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb help to make up an athletic and hard-working starting eleven for the visitors, who are certainly better in the final third than they are defensively.
Portugal vs Algeria Head to Head
The two teams have met just once in the past, coming two years ago at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The clash ended in a 1-1 draw that day, however with matches at the tournament featuring mainly players under the age of 23, few conclusions can be taken from the encounter. The meeting in Lisbon will be the first ever senior match between the two nations.
Portugal vs Algeria Betting Odds and Predictions
Given their status as the European champions and their home advantage on Thursday evening, it comes as little surprise that Portugal are the firm favourites for victory with the majority of online bookmakers. The Euro 2016 winners are available to back at odds of 4/11 with William Hill, while Algeria are priced at 11/1 on the same platform to claim a surprise victory. Meanwhile, a draw after 90 minutes is available at 10/3 with Paddy Power.
Top Portugal vs Algeria Betting Tip
However, our top betting tip for the match is to bet on Portugal to win and over 2.5 goals being scored during the 90 minutes in Lisbon, a market is available at a best price of 5/4 with William Hill.
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