Poland-Portugal Match Highlights UEFA Nations League Picks

Sunday, October 7, 2018 8:11 PM UTC

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 8:11 PM UTC

The UEFA Nations League returns on Thursday, and Poland against Portugal is the pick of the contests, while Russia and Serbia also offer value. Let's find some winning bets.

<h2 style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"https://www.youtube.com/embed/_HUXgdbn0_k", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Poland vs. Portugal</h2><p>This is the biggest game on Thursday and Poland has a great opportunity to vanquish a Portugal side that will be without star player Cristiano Ronaldo. The 33-year-old forward has stayed in Italy to concentrate on his fledgling Juventus career, and the team will miss his influence and his lethal finishing ability.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Fernando Santos confirms that Cristiano Ronaldo will not play for Portugal until at least March 2019.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Full story: &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/jsE8PxrAi0\"&gt;https://t.co/jsE8PxrAi0&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/CXiLv0vrin\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/CXiLv0vrin&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/ESPNFC/status/1047819523053838337?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;October 4, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/soccer/" title="Live Soccer Odds">Portugal remains the favorite</a> to secure victory, priced at +145 with <a href="http://https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4512&amp;book=Bet365" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bet365</a>, but that will be a tall order away from home and without their talisman. Poland is a disciplined, diligent team and they will fight for every ball and remain tough to break down throughout the game. In Robert Lewandowski they have a superstar of their own, and he will be extremely dangerous in this game. Portugal looks slightly more cultured on the ball, but Poland can negate that if they work hard and remain organized. They have not lost a competitive match at home in more than five years, so they should feel confident in their ability to get a result in this game. Poland "draw no bet" looks good at +100 with Bet365 and <a href="http://https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4531&amp;book= William Hill" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">William Hill</a>.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">Russia vs. Sweden</h2><p>Russians were pleasantly surprised by their team’s showing at the World Cup, as they went all the way to the quarterfinals. Host nations typically exceed expectations, but few envisaged Russia even getting out of the group stage at the tournament. Yet they played with panache and vitality, delighting fans with some exciting attacking football en route to the quarters. The likes of Aleksandr Golovin, Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba were on fire, and that gives the team plenty to build on as they gear up for Euro 2020. Sweden was also widely written off ahead of the tournament, as it was their first major competition in many years without star player Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Yet the striker, who has retired from international football, was not missed, as Sweden banded together and emerged as a far better team collectively. They too went to the quarterfinals, where they finally lost to England, but they emerged with a lot of credit. They are stubborn defensively, but Russia’s creative players should be able to unlock their backline. <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/" title="Free Sports Picks">Home advantage could just swing it in Russia’s favor</a>, and the +100 on offer at <a href="http://https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4531&amp;book= William Hill" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">William Hill</a> and various others on them to win looks tempting.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">Montenegro vs. Serbia</h2><p>This is shaping up to be an entertaining battle between two former Yugoslav nations. For a country with a population of just 7 million people, Serbia punches well above its weight on the global stage. Nemanja Matic and Aleksandar Kolarov are household names, while Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is a really exciting young talent, Dusan Tadic is a strong creative force and Aleksandar Mitrovic is a handful up front. There are just 600,000 people living in Montenegro, so they have a much smaller talent pool to choose from. Yet they too have a couple of very talented players in Stevan Jovetic and Stefan Savic. This should be a fiery clash between two passionate teams, but ultimately Serbia’s superior quality should see them grind their neighbors down and secure victory. <a href="http://https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4512&amp;book=Bet365" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bet365</a> has -109 on an away win for Serbia and that looks like a good bet. Elsewhere, a double of Romania to win away at Lithuania and Kosovo to beat Malta at home will get you a decent set of odds.</p>
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