Santos’ Portugal should see off Scots

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Alex McLeish

Scotland’s momentum stalled in Israel and they look set for another tough evening against Portugal.

Portugal to win to zero @ 8/5

Alex McLeish won his first competitive game in charge against Albania but that was a brief respite and his team were second best throughout in Haifa.

Portugal, in contrast, defeated Poland 3-2 and seem to be strangely relishing not having their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo around.

The greater freedom brought by not relying on their skipper seems to have galvanised the young Selecao squad, going unbeaten in their Nations League campaign.

This is a chance for them to cut loose so look for Fernando Santos’ side to put Scotland to the sword.

Israel to win @ 1/1

After losing their League C Group 3 opener, Israel bounced back by beating Scotland and can get revenge on Albania today in Beersheba.

Despite going behind to a penalty, the Israelis dominated the second half on Thursday and will have taken plenty of confidence from the victory.

While Albania won when the pair met in September, and are often better on the road than at home, Israeli are a confidence team and will be keen to move ahead in the pool.

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