New Zealand v Portugal Confederations Cup Tips and Predictions - All Whites to put up a strong fight

  • Portugal are looking to round off the group stages with another win
  • New Zealand have lost their opening two games but will put up a solid fight
  • These two teams have never faced off in an international football match before
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Alves

Portugal may ease to a simple win in the final game in Confederations Cup Group A, but the All Whites can be expected to put up a strong fight in St Petersburg.

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New Zealand were never expected to pull up any trees in Russia in the Confederations Cup, and after going down 2-0 to the hosts Russia in the tournament's opening fixture, they then went on to put up a solid fight against Mexico.

Unfortunately for Anthony Hudson's Kiwis, they were eventually beaten 2-1 thanks to goals from Mexico's Oribe Peralta and Raul Jimenez.

At least World Cup qualification is on course for the time being. The All Whites should be able to beat the Solomon Islands in the final of the Oceania qualifying section and the winner of that match will face another play-off fixture. Could they earn a famous, confidence-boosting win prior to that clash?

Portugal come into the Confederations Cup as one of the team's considered to be in with a real chance of winning the tournament and, as such, they'll be disappointed with their opening match which ended as a 2-2 draw with Mexico. A last minute goal from Hector Moreno rescued a point for El Tri after Cristiano Ronaldo had seemingly earned Portugal the win.

They weren't exactly in top form in their second match either, with Ronaldo again getting on the scoresheet as they ground out a 1-0 win over hosts Russia. After winning last year's European Championships though, Portugal have found a way to win games without being at their best and they should win this one too.

Although New Zealand have lost their opening two matches of this competition, they have defended staunchly at times and proven more difficult to break down than you might imagine. Portugal only managed one goal against Russia so for New Zealand to win with a plus three goal handicap looks good to us.

Ronaldo scored the only goal in the win over Russia last time out and although there's little value in backing him to score at any time, the odds for the Seleccao's talisman to open the scoring seem like decent value on the face of things.

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  • New Zealand have lost their last four matches and scored only once in those games
  • Portugal have won one and drawn one of their opening two games in this tournament
  • These two teams have never faced off in an international football match before


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New Zealand v Portugal Confederations Cup Tips and Predictions - All Whites to put up a strong fight

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