Croatia v Portugal betting tips – back super Croats to win in Lens

Back super Croats to win in Lens

Croatia's Ivan Perisic celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game


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Betting Tip: Croatia @ 18/11 with bet365

We should be thankful to Cristiano Ronaldo. If he was unavailable for Portugal, then Croatia would be closer to the even money mark, although the Real Madrid star’s presence means that the bookies pay the Portuguese far too much respect.

Backing the Croatians looks like a straightforward business. They managed to beat Spain without Luka Modric and they previously beat Turkey comfortably and were in the driving seat against Czech Republic before collapsing at the end.

Portugal have flattered to deceive thus far. Lots of possession, a fair few chances although it was a 1-1 draw against Iceland followed by a goalless one against Austria. Then there was a 3-3 draw with Hungary where the Portuguese couldn’t tame the Hungarians.

Therefore, Croatia should pose plenty of problems. Ivan Perisic is emerging as one of the stars of the tournament and he found the winning touch against the Spanish, while we already know about the impact of Modric and Ivan Rakitic in midfield.

Defensively, the Croats are not the best team in the tournament although their football has been better than any other side thus far and it’s not as though other managers have time to find a winning formula.

Therefore, providing that Ronaldo can be kept quiet, then this Portugal side look there for the taking. Nani is the only other player seemingly capable of assists and goals, although they just fall so much shorter as a team than the Croats.

Betting Tip: Croatia @ 18/11 with bet365

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