We’re starting to get used to not seeing Cristiano Ronaldo in the Portugal squad for Nations League matches and the Juventus star has once again been left out of the group for upcoming clashes against Italy and Poland.
The Ballon d’Or contender appears to have a mutual agreement which means that he won’t appear in a Portugal shirt until the New Year, with Fernando Santos’ side contending pretty well without their captain and talisman.
Indeed, the players are showing that they can thrive without the decorated superstar, with the Portuguese having won both of their Nations League encounters by claiming a 1-0 win over Italy before triumphing 3-2 in Poland.
Italy to Win Looks Like Value
You can get a meaty 28/11 with Unibet about the visitors claiming the spoils at the San Siro, with Bernardo Silva arriving for international duty off the back of some excellent displays for his club side Manchester City and he might be requested to play a more advanced role in Milan.
The 23-year-old is actually a Milan player but is currently on loan at Spanish club Sevilla where he has notched seven goals in ten games, with Unibet going 6/1 that the striker breaks the deadlock and demonstrates to his parent club that he’s more than capable of playing a part.
For Italy, this is an opportunity to build on that 1-0 victory away to Poland last month which effectively keeps them safe from relegation from Nations League A and they can therefore play with freedom in this clash.
Unibet offer an eye-catching 13/10 that the Azzurri hit the top of Group 3 with a victory over Portugal and there’s plenty to like about this Italian squad which has effectively been rebuilt after the disappointment of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Roberto Mancini appears to be creating a team capable of competing with the other European leading lights again, with each department blessed with quality and there’s been so much to like about the performances of Lorenzo Insigne this season.
The Napoli striker has bagged ten goals in fourteen appearances for his club and it appears odd that he’s only managed to score four goals in his twenty-nine games in a national shirt. He’s 9/2 with Bet365 to put things right by scoring the opener in this clash.
All three Italy games in the Nations League have been low-scoring affairs and you can therefore back Under 2.5 Goals with a degree of confidence at odds of 4/7 with William Hill. Some punters might want to be more daring and go for the 9/5 with Unibet that there is only one goal or less.
The reverse fixture saw Portugal edge things by a 1-0 scoreline and perhaps Italy will enjoy a victory by a single goal this time around, with BetVictor going 11/2 that the Azzurri close the game out in this way.
All odds were correct when posted.