Portugal v Ukraine Euro 2020 betting preview and tips

20:45 Fri 22 Mar
Football
Euro
2020 Qualifying
Tip: Ukraine +0.5
Units: 1/5
Odds: -102

It remains to be seen whether Cristiano Ronaldo will be part of the Portugal team that lines up for this Euro 2020 qualifier, with the Juventus star having been absent for his national side throughout the Nations League campaign which saw the team reach the final stage.

Fernando Santos might be able to call upon his services for Euro 2020 and, considering that Ronaldo hasn’t retired from international football, it is surely implausible that he will continue to be absent considering that the Portuguese are the reigning European champions.

Even so, we’re happy to get with Ukraine when it comes to this Euro 2020 qualifier, with the visitors available at around the even money mark with a +1 goal start and there’s a case for thinking they can keep this game particularly close.

In all honesty, both teams should be capable of reaching the final stage of Euro 2020 given the modest sides who are in their qualifying group, with Serbia probably the ones who are going to provide the stiffest test.

Andriy Shevchenko is currently manager of the Ukrainian national side and the team have only been beaten once in the past twelve months, with that defeat a 4-1 scoreline that took place in Slovakia.

It was a freak scoreline considering that Ukraine had won their other three matches and have therefore landed promotion to the Nations League A when that comes around again.

Shevchenko is doing well with the national side and he’s had to contend without the injured Andriy Yarmolenko who looked so bright for West Ham before sustaining an injury that has kept him out for most of the domestic campaign.

Artem Kravets is someone who can score goals at international level, while there are several capable operators in midfield including Yevhen Konoplyanka and Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Football is a cyclical process and Portugal continue to rely on much of the old guard, with this team opposable considering we don’t know about team selection.

BETTING TIP
Ukraine +1 @ 1.98 with bet365