Kick-off: 1945, 09/06/2021
Stadium: Estadio Jose Alvalade
TV: Sky Sports
Portugal conclude the Euro 2020 warm-up matches when entertaining Israel and are worthy favourites to come out on top in Lisbon.
The Navigators look ready to mount a strong defence of the trophy they lifted five years ago, boasting a talented and settled side.
We reckon 17/20 for a home win to nil is an obvious place to start with our first Portugal vs Israel prediction.
A Look At Portugal’s Betting Odds
Portugal kick off their campaign in Group F at Euro 2020 by facing Hungary in Budapest before tackling Germany and France.
They were successful at Euro 2016 on the back of a mean defence and that remains an area of importance, judged on Friday’s goalless draw with Spain in Madrid.
Wolves keeper Rui Patricio had to save a close-range Ferran Torres effort late on and Alvaro Morata hit the bar in stoppage time but that was a typically disciplined display.
Nelson Semedo said: “I think the game was balanced and the truth is that it’s a fair result.
“We came here to win, like everywhere else, unfortunately it wasn’t possible, we didn’t get the goal.”
The Navigators have also only conceded once in their last four matches in Lisbon, so we have confidence in that department.
Cristiano Ronaldo is obviously still the talisman up front while the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva and Diogo Jota have grown in stature.
Looking at the Portugal vs Israel odds, we like 19/4 for a 2-0 victory.
A Look At Israel’s Betting Odds
Israel’s bid to reach Euro 2020 ended with a penalty shoot-out loss to Scotland at Hampden Park in October.
They have since faced the Scots twice on home turf, winning a Nations League clash 1-0 and drawing 1-1 in a World Cup qualifier.
Willibald Ruttensteiner will have been happy with March’s 4-1 victory in Moldova and Saturday’s 3-1 success away to Montenegro.
However, a 2-0 defeat by Denmark in Tel Aviv three months ago may have exposed a few limitations and be a pointer towards their prospects in Lisbon.
Hibs keeper Ofir Marciano is a reliable shot-stopper while evergreen striker Eran Zahavi is coming off a solid season with PSV.
Overall, though, this is very much a workmanlike outfit which lacks the class to compete with elite-level opponents.
Many friendlies take a while to get going but we’re backing Portugal to get on top towards the end of the first half.
Let’s finish off our Portugal vs Israel betting tips by taking 21/10 for the Navigators to outscore their opponents between 30:01 minutes and the interval.
Spain 0-0 PORTUGAL
Montenegro 1-3 ISRAEL – Zahavi, Solomon, Kinda
Head-to-head: Portugal 1-1 Israel, Israel 3-3 Portugal, Portugal 2-1 Israel, Portugal 2-0 Israel
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