Croatia vs Portugal Prediction, 11/17/2020 UEFA Nations League Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Croatia vs Portugal
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Location: Stadion Poljud in Split, Croatia
TV: ESPN 2
Odds/Point Spread: Croatia (+244) Portugal (+106)
Stadion Poljud is the site where Nikola Vlasic and Croatia (1-0-4 in Nations League) will play Portugal (3-1-1 in Nations League) on Tuesday. The starting goalkeepers are Dominik Livakovic for Croatia and Anthony Lopes for Portugal. The Portuguese are at at +106 while the Croatians are priced at +244. The O/U opens at 2.5.
Croatia has been able to control possession for 52.4% of matches. They have committed 59 fouls and have drawn 44 fouls in this tournament. They have attempted 48 shots with 20 on target, which means they have a 41.7% SOT percentage. Croatia have accounted for 6 goals for the tournament, which has them 14th in the league.
Nikola Vlasic is one guy you are going to want to keep your eye on for the Croatians. He has accounted for 46 assists while tallying 30 yellow card warnings in his career. Vlasic has been given a starting assignment in 226 contests in his career and has 0.39 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Croatia has earned 88 goals in 20,098 minutes. One more guy who should impact this match is Josip Brekalo, the forward playing for Croatia. Brekalo has accumulated 18,260 mins in 206 career starting assignments and has been handed a total of 19 yellow card warnings. He has assisted on a goal 47 times so far in his career while scoring 35 goals. He currently averages 0.17 goals per 90 mins so far in his career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Croatia will be Dominik Livakovic. Livakovic has seen the pitch for a total of 17,992 mins and has earned 378 stops during his soccer career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.13 (188 goals allowed) and he has a save percentage of .673. The goalkeeper taking the field for Croatia has had 566 shots attempted against him in 200 career starts. Livakovic (98-38-64 record during his soccer career) has tallied 76 clean sheets, which has earned him a 38.0% clean sheet percentage.
Portugal has accumulated 66 total fouls this tournament (33rd in the league) to go along with 67 fouls against them. In their matches thus far in the tournament, they maintain possession of the ball 54.8% of the game. The Portuguese average 6.8 shots on target per 90 and have a total of 9 goals so far in the tournament. They have been able to hit on 37.0% of their shots on target on 92 shots.
Joao Felix will be counted on for Portugal. The forward from Portugal has 3,856 mins while scoring 14 goals. He has earned 21 yellow card warnings thus far in his career. He scores 0.33 goals per 90 and has had a starting assignment in 39 outings in his pro soccer career. Make sure to watch out for Bruno Fernandes, the midfielder representing Portugal. He has accumulated 68 goals in his pro soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 35 times. Fernandes has been handed 62 yellow card warnings in 14,339 mins played (157 career starting assignments). His G/90 average in his career is 0.43.
Anthony Lopes will look after the net for Portugal. In his pro soccer career, Lopes has allowed 273 goals and has earned 717 saves in 253 starting assignments. He has given up 1.08 goals per 90 while holding a mark of 130-57-64. He sports a save percentage of .737 and his clean sheet rate sits at 35.2%. Lopes has accumulated 89 clean sheets and has defended 967 shots attempted against him in 22,711 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's UEFA Nations League game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Portugal (+106)
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