Tip Portugal - Ukraine
Portugal won the 2016 European Championships They didn't have a good World Cup last year but this summer will bid to win the UEFA Nations League on home territory. Their European title defence begins with a qualifying match at home to Ukraine and the other countries in their group are Serbia, Lithuania and Luxembourg. Portugal's hopes are boosted by the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to the squad for the first time since off-the-field allegations. Portugal are unbeaten in their last six games but have drawn the last two against Italy and Poland. Home form is impressive with only one loss in their last 12 games. Only one of their last 20 home European Championship qualifiers have been lost.
Ukraine also had success in the Nations League winning promotion to League A. They won their group by three points from the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Ukraine have reached the last two European Championship finals but lost all three of their games in 2016 without scoring a goal. There hasn't been much success in the World Cup with no appearance in the finals since a quarter-final in 2006. They come into this game on a run of just one win in their last four games and recently lost 4-1 away to Slovakia and have gone three away games without a win. Only one of their last four European Championship qualifiers have ended in victory (away to Macedonia). This looks booked for a Portugal home win.
Key points Portugal - Ukraine
Portugal are unbeaten in their last six games.
Portugal have only suffered one loss in their last 12 home matches.
Ukraine have only won one of their last four games.
Conclusion Portugal - Ukraine
Portugal start their defence of their Euro title and have a relatively straightforward group. They begin with a home game against Ukraine who aren't always at their best on their travels. Cristiano Ronaldo is back for Portugal and he can lead them to a victory over Ukraine.
Portugal Ukraine Prediction published on March 19, 2019