Ace Football previews the European Championship game between Slovakia and Portugal who meet up this coming Friday. The match preview includes the current team stats and a recommended betting tip.
Slovakia and Portugal are set to clash in a highly anticipated Euro 2024 qualifier on Friday.
Slovakia currently sit in second place in Group J with 10 points, while Portugal lead the group with a perfect 12-point record. In their previous encounter, Portugal emerged victorious with a 2-0 win.
Form: Slovakia vs Portugal
Slovakia enter this clash with an impressive run of three consecutive victories. Their winning streak began with a 2-0 triumph over Bosnia-Herzegovina, followed by a 1-2 victory against Iceland, and a 0-1 win against Liechtenstein. In their last six international matches, Slovakia secured three wins and three draws, remaining undefeated and scoring seven goals while conceding just three.
Portugal are in excellent form, having secured victory in their last three matches. They displayed their dominance by defeating Luxembourg 0-6, Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0, and Iceland 0-1 in their most recent outings. Portugal’s away record has been outstanding, with five wins in their last six international matches. They have not experienced any draws, with just one defeat, while their attack has been prolific, scoring 20 goals while conceding only two.
Betting facts for Slovakia and Portugal
Let’s have a look at some of the most interesting betting-relevant facts based on the stats from the most recent games that Slovakia and Portugal played across all competitions.
- In 13 of the last 14 Slovakia matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
- In 10 of the last 12 Slovakia home matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
- Slovakia have not lost the last 7 matches in a row
- Slovakia have won the last 3 matches in a row while scoring less than 2.5 goals
- In 7 of the last 9 Slovakia home matches the sum of goals was under 2.5
- Portugal have won the last 4 matches in a row without conceding a goal
- Portugal have won 8 of the last 10 matches
- Portugal have scored in 9 of the last 10 matches
- Portugal have not lost 8 of the last 10 matches
- Portugal have won 3 of the last 4 matches while scoring more than 2.5 goals
Players under the radar: Slovakia vs Portugal
Juraj Kucka, who has scored only once recently in the European Championship, will be determined to find the back of the net again. On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal-scoring prowess will be crucial for Portugal. The Portugal captain aims to add to his impressive record of seven European Championship goals in his last six European Championship appearances.
Popular betting markets: Slovakia vs Portugal
Slovakia enter the match without a loss in their last seven outings, showcasing their strong form. However, they have only secured two victories in their last ten home matches, with four draws and four losses in that span. On the other hand, Portugal come into the game riding a four-game winning streak, displaying their impressive recent performances. Portugal won five out of their last ten away matches, complemented by two draws and three losses during this period.
Both teams to score
Slovakia managed to score the opening goal in five of their last ten games. In contrast, Portugal have been remarkable at getting the first goal, achieving this feat in six of their last ten matches. Additionally, Portugal have impressively kept a clean sheet in their last four consecutive games.
In Slovakia’s last ten matches, over 2.5 goals were witnessed in four of them. They scored an average of 1.1 goals during this period. On the other hand, in Portugal’s last ten matches, over 2.5 goals occurred in seven of them, with Portugal scoring an average of three goals per game.
Suggested bet: Slovakia vs Portugal
To sum up, the upcoming match between Slovakia and Portugal seems to be a good betting opportunity. Considering the above statements, we have come up with a betting prediction for this European Championship game.