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World Cup Portugal Preview, Predictions, Players and Stats

Portugal Preview, Predictions, Players and Stats

Led by coach Fernando Santos Portugal want to use the experience gained at last summer’s tournament in Russia and they are highly motivated for World Cup 2018. They are actual EURO Champions but this time it will be a hard job to reach World Cup finals. Here's everything you need to know about the team:

The reigning European champs Portugal enter the 2018 World Cup knowing this could be Cristiano Ronaldo's last. Maybe he is one of the best football players on the World, but he can't play alone and he must know it. Cristiano Ronaldo remains Portugal’s biggest star, but Portugal also have lots of talented players who are highly motivated for World Cup 2018 in Russia. Portugal qualified for Russia after topping a group that included Switzerland and Hungary.

FIFA Ranking: 4

Portugal World Cup 2018

Portugal Coach

FERNANDO SANTOS - lead Portugal to their first major tournament success at EURO 2016

Portugal Players

It is provisional squad and will be reduced to 23 players for the World Cup.

GOALKEPERS:
Anthony Lopes (Olympique Lyonnais/France), Beto (Goztepe SK/Turkey), Rui Patricio (Sporting CP)

DEFENDERS:
Antunes (Getafe/Spain), Bruno Alves (Rangers/Scotland), Cedric (Southampton/England), Joao Cancelo (Internazionale/Italy), Jose Fonte (Dalian Aerbin/China PR), Luis Neto (Fenerbahce/Turkey), Mario Rui (Napoli/Italy), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona/Spain), Pepe (Besiktas/Turkey), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund/Germany), Ricardo (Porto), Rolando (Marseille/France), Ruben Dias (Benfica)

MIDFIELDERS:
Adrien Silva (Leicester City/England), Andre Gomes (Barcelona/Spain), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City/England), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting CP), Joao Mario (West Ham United/England), Joao Moutinho (Monaco/France), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow/Russia), Rony Lopes (Monaco), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers/England), Sergio Oliveira (Porto), William (Sporting CP)

FORWARDS:
Andre Silva (AC Milan/Italy), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Spain), Eder (Lokomotiv Moscow/Russia), Gelson Martins (Sporting CP), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia/Spain), Nani (Lazio/Italy), Paulinho (Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas/Turkey)

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Portugal Stats

Stats are based on the last 10 games (including friendly matches)

Portugal
FORM(WON-DRAW-LOSS)6-3-1
GOALS SCORED16
SHOTS ON TARGET60
SHOTS OFF TARGET63
GOALS CONCEDED7
TOTAL GOALS23
OVER 1.5 GOALS8
OVER 2.5 GOALS5
OVER 3.5 GOALS1
UNDER 1.5 GOALS2
UNDER 2.5 GOALS5
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE3
CLEAN SHEETS6
CORNERS64
FOULS118
YELLOWS7
REDS1
OFFSIDES28

Portugal World Cup History

World Cup appearances: 6
Semifinals: 2
Best finish: 3rd place on World Cup 1966
Last World Cup: 2014

Portugal World Cup 2018 Matches

June 15 - Portugal vs. Spain
June 20 - Portugal vs. Morocco
June 25 - Portugal vs. Iran

Portugal Prediction and Expectations on World Cup 2018

Anything short of the semi-final will be seen as a failure for this team. Portugal will get out of the group stage, but it may not get past the quarterfinals. They like to play strong and aggressive football and for sure you can win some cash with placing bets on fouls and yellows on their matches. Also they usually have lots of corners per match.

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