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Portugal vs Czech Republic Nations League preview: Where to watch, prediction, form guide

When is it? How can you watch it? All you need to know about the UEFA Nations League Group A2 game between Portugal and Czech Republic.

Portugal training in Lisbon on Wednesday
Portugal training in Lisbon on Wednesday AFP via Getty Images

Portugal and Czech Republic meet in UEFA Nations League Group A2 on Thursday 9 June.

Portugal vs Czech Republic at a glance

When: Thursday 9 June (20:45 CEST kick-off)
Where: Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon
What: UEFA Nations League Group A2 fixture
How to follow
: Build-up and live coverage will appear here

Where to watch Portugal vs Czech Republic on TV

Fans can find their local UEFA Nations League broadcast partner(s) here.

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Starting line-ups

Portugal: Diogo Costa; João Cancelo, Pepe, Danilo, Guerreiro; Gonçalo Guedes, Carvalho, Rúben Neves; Ronaldo, Diogo Jota, Bernardo Silva

Highlights: Portugal 4-0 Switzerland

Czech Republic: Staněk; Zima, Brabec, Matějů; Coufal, Souček, Sadílek, Havel; Lingr, Kuchta, Hložek

Form guide

Portugal (most recent match first): WDWWLD

Czech Republic (most recent match first): DWDLWW

Group A2 so far
02/06: Spain 1-1 Portugal
02/06: Czech Republic 2-1 Switzerland
05/06: Portugal 4-0 Switzerland
05/06: Czech Republic 2-2 Spain

Expert prediction

Carlos Machado, match reporter: The teams go into this level at the top of Group A2, and Portugal are strong favourites to go it alone at the summit. Cristiano Ronaldo looked sharp in Sunday's 4-0 triumph over Switzerland, but the Czechs will surely not afford the Manchester United forward the same freedom he enjoyed at the weekend. The plot of sitting back and hitting on the counter has certainly served the Czechs well so far.

Highlights: Czech Republic 2-1 Switzerland

What the coaches say

Fernando Santos, Portugal coach: "We will need to be patient, we'll have to be attentive. The Czechs were beating Spain and earned a draw in the end, and they beat Switzerland. It was not all by chance. Individual creativity will also be important. They are well organised and compact defensively. We need to be patient and wait for the right moment. We will not change our philosophy, though; we want to impose ourselves on the game."

Jaroslav Šilhavý, Czech Republic: "There won't be many changes [against Portugal]; we won't have a whole new XI, but Jindra Staněk will be in goal. Our opponents are really very good, but we don't just want to defend. We have already shown with Spain that we can be dangerous on the break. Would it be better for us if Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t play? Playing against a player like Ronaldo is an experience and the boys will want to take him on."

What happens after the UEFA Nations League group stage?

The four group winners in League A will advance to the knockout finals with, in principle, one appointed as hosts. The semi-finals will be played on 14 and 15 June 2023 with the final and third-place play-off to follow on 18 June.

The teams finishing fourth in the groups in League A will be relegated to League B for the 2024/25 edition.