Just a few days after their UEFA Nations League outings against Israel and Poland respectively, the Scots and the Portuguese lock horns in an international friendly on Sunday afternoon with the hosts certain to have a hard time impressing in front of their own home fans. Indeed Portugal will provide Scotland with tough opposition at Hampden Park this weekend with the visitors certain to be in high spirits following their impressive showing at the 2018 World Cup and in their subsequent two outings, Seleccao das Quinas holding Croatia to a 1-1 draw and following this with a 1-0 win over Italy in Lisbon. Portugal have been having few issues finding the back of the net on their travels and they will be motivated to continue their excellent form in Glasgow, with or without the services of key player Cristiano Ronaldo. Boss Fernando Santos has created a tough defensive set-up and the Scots will find it difficult to find a way through on Sunday, the bookmakers giving away free bets on Scotland v Portugal.
As for the home side, they head into their UEFA Nations League clash with Israel (result not known at time of writing) on the back of a decent 2-0 victory over Albania although while this result will certainly have boosted confidence somewhat, the fact that this was the first outing since May in which the Scots have scored will be of concern to boss Alex McLeish and it will be interesting to see just how the Scotland manager faces the visit of Portugal.
All of the evidence points towards a Portuguese win at Hampden and we’re certainly leaning very much that way, however the Scots will play a part in making this an entertaining affair and the visitors will likely need to outgun their hosts in order to snatch the expected win, BetVictor Bookmakers going 15/4 on Portugal to win and both teams to score.