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New Zealand v Portugal predictions, betting tips & match preview: European champions to ease into Confederations Cup semi-finals

Leigh Copson 22 Jun 2017
  • New Zealand v Portugal kicks off at 16:00 BST on Saturday
  • Get free betting tips & predictions for this Confederations Cup match
Cristiano Ronaldo (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

New Zealand v Portugal predictions for Saturday’s FIFA Confederations Cup match. Will European champions Portugal secure a semi-final place at the expense of already-eliminated New Zealand? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

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Portugal have put themselves on course for the semi-finals after bouncing back from a disappointing result on opening night. The reigning European champions twice surrendered the lead and conceded an equaliser in added time as Mexico held them to a 2-2 draw, but Cristiano Ronaldo & Co bounced back last time as they beat Russia 1-0 thanks to an early goal from their Real Madrid superstar.

The scoreline would have been more convincing had Ronaldo and other team-mates taken their chances in that one, but the 1-0 scoreline was enough to land all three points and keep them level on points with Mexico in Group A. That means a win over New Zealand on Saturday will secure a place in the semi-finals of the Confederations, while a draw would leave them needing Mexico to beat or draw Russia in the other match.

Portugal should get the job done themselves though, meaning they will not need any favours this weekend. New Zealand already know they are heading home after back-to-back defeats at the hands of Russia and Mexico. The All Whites gave themselves a shot at an upset when Chris Wood gave them the lead against the Mexico, but they could not hold on as Juan Carlos Osorio’s men came battling back to win and I do not see them getting close to Portugal in this one.

Ronaldo & Co were guilty of being wasteful against Russia, but they have lost just two of their last 19 international matches and they have been racking up clean sheets with 10 coming in their last 15 matches. They should shut out New Zealand on Saturday evening and they should rattle in a few goals at the other end to run out comfortable winners – seven of their last eight victories have come by three goals or more. 

Cristiano Ronaldo, of course, is always an option worth looking at in the goalscorer markets but I have a feeling they may use him sparingly in this one because he has started in both of their games so far. Therefore I suggest backing Nani to get on the scoresheet here. The Valencia man dropped to the bench for the win over Russia but is likely to be recalled for this one, and a meeting with one of international football’s minnows is a great opportunity for Nani to end his six-match goalless run for the national team.

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  • Portugal have lost only two of their last 19 international matches
  • Seven of Portugal’s last eight victories have been by three goals or more
  • Portugal have kept clean sheets in 10 of their last 15 international matches
  • This is the first international meeting between Portugal and New Zealand
  • New Zealand have lost each of their last four international fixtures – scoring just one goal
  • New Zealand have not beaten a European nation since the 1-0 win over Serbia in May 2010

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