Fernando Santos's side were on a two-game winning run, which came to an end in their last match at Switzerland.
Portugal will be keen to retake the top spot in League A Group 2 of the UEFA Nations League when they face the Czech Republic. The Saturday night clash will be an interesting one since both sides will be heading into this match on the back of losing their last game in June. Hence, they will be eager for a quick response on Saturday. Even though Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal will be the slight favourites in this fixture, nothing can be taken away from the Czech Republic, especially with the match happening in their own backyard.
|Czech Republic vs Portugal||Key details|
|Kickoff time in India||12:15 am (Sunday)|
|Kickoff time in Czech Republic||8:45 pm|
|Kickoff time in Portugal||7:45 pm|
Second-placed Portugal have seven points from four games – one less than table toppers Spain. Fernando Santos’s side were on a two-game winning run, which came to an end in their last match at Switzerland. The 1-0 defeat condemned the Portuguese side to the second spot. On the other hand, the Czech Republic have not won a game since beating the Swiss nation in their opener. Since then they are on a three-game winless streak. It also includes a two-game losing streak. When these two countries faced in June, Portugal ran out as 2-0 winners.
Michal Sadilek’s absence from these two matches will be a big blow for the Czech Republic. To make things worse, Petr Sevcik’s health situation will be another cause for concern. It is not yet clear if the Slavia Prague midfielder will be fit for the clash. On the positive side, Patrik Schick’s return to the national team will be a significant boost for the home side. On the other hand, Portugal will miss Joao Cancelo for this match due to a suspension. Normally it would be a massive setback but Diogo Dalot’s resurgence at Manchester United will mean he can do the job at right-back without much difficulty. On the other flank, Raphael Guerreiro has pulled out of the squad along with veteran centre-back Pepe due to injuries. There are also question marks over Joao Felix’s participation, nonetheless, Ronaldo is set to lead the line for them.
Czech Republic starting line-up: Vaclik, Zima, Jemelka, Brabec, Coufal, Kral, Zeleny, Soucek, Cerny, Hlozek, Schick
Portugal possible line-up: Patricio, Dalot, Dias, Pereira, Mendes, Neves, Palhinha, Fernandes, B. Silva, Jota, Ronaldo
The UEFA Nations League match between the Czech Republic and Portugal will take place at Eden Arena on Sunday at 12:15 am IST.
For the football fans in India, the live telecast of the UEFA Nations League is available on the Sony Ten network. You can also live stream through SonyLIV App/ website and Jio TV. Besides, the supporters in the Czech Republic can watch the match between the Czech Republic and Portugal on ČT Sport; and RTP 1, Sport TV1, RTP Play, Match Player, Sport TV Multiscreen in Portugal.