Czech Republic and Portugal are among the heavyweights who will be facing off in this round of the UEFA Nations League. Czech will host the inaugural winners of this competition in Group 2 of League A, both seeking to recover from losses in the last round. Czech go to this game with four points, in third place and three points behind second placed Portugal. The hosts are coming from two straight losses and a run of three winless outings. They have no clean sheet in five matches and have conceded twice in each of the last three matches. They are however a different side when playing at home. Their last two matches, which ended in defeats, were away games, but at home, they haven’t lost in the last seven, and scored at least two goals in each of the last five home games.
Portugal are coming from a loss in their last game, an away match against Switzerland. This was their first defeat in six matches and also the first time they failed to score in seven games. They did beat Czech 2-0 in their first meeting in this group and will go into this game hoping to bag three points, which could take them ahead of Spain and put them in pole position for the semis. While they have managed three clean sheets in the last five matches and also scored two or more goals in these three matches, the small issue they have to deal with is their away form. Portugal are winless in three straight away games and failed to score in two.
Portugal have the better run coming into this game, but they will meet a Czech Republic side with a good run at home. On the other hand Portugal have struggled away from home and are coming from a 1-0 loss away to Switzerland. With their home record, and Portugal’s away run in mind, we will back the hosts to win here.