Luxembourg go in search of an unlikely first victory over Portugal in almost exactly 60 years when they visit the Estadio Algarve in World Cup qualification. Beating the recently deposed European and Nations League champions away from home appears a fanciful tale for Les Lions Rouges, however.
Where and when: Estadio Algarve – 12 October, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Portugal vs. Luxembourg: Sky Sports
Last time: Luxembourg took a shock lead through Gerson Rodrigues in the reverse fixture back in March, but Portugal stormed back to win 3-1 courtesy of goals from Diogo Jota, Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Palhinha.
Portugal v Luxembourg Predictions and Preview
Portugal are looking to secure their 12th straight victory over Luxembourg when these countries meet on the Algarve on Tuesday night. The Selecao have been utterly dominant in this fixture as you’d expect, and this week’s fixture looks set to follow suit.
The Portuguese squad is brimming with talent, not least in the form of captain Ronaldo, Manchester United teammate Bruno Fernandes, and other attacking weapons including Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva and Diogo Jota. Milan forward Rafael Leao will also hope to make his debut, if he doesn’t in the friendly against Qatar on Saturday.
All roads point to Qatar for Portugal now, as the 2016 European champions look ahead to next year’s World Cup. Fernando Santos’s side come into this qualifying fixture unbeaten in their five matches so far, winning four and drawing the other 2-2 away to Serbia.
That was the Selecao’s toughest game on paper, while this is one of their easiest. Luxembourg may have done well to amass six points from their opening four fixtures, courtesy of a shock 1-0 win away to the Republic of Ireland and a 2-1 home victory over minnows Azerbaijan, but Portugal are a completely different proposition.
The Selecao hit three goals in the first meeting between these countries in Group A, while they also put three past Azerbaijan away from home in their last World Cup qualifier. Given they’re back on home soil here, a much bigger win could be on the cards.
A Selecao victory with over 4.5 cards could be one of the ways to extract some value out of the home team in this Portugal v Luxembourg preview. A home win to nil should be a safe bet, with the Portuguese very much expected to keep a clean sheet against the Red Lions this time round.
One to watch for Portugal: All eyes are usually on Cristiano Ronaldo, who showed his displeasure at not starting Man United’s most recent match. The Selecao skipper will expect to start in these Portugal v Luxembourg predictions and will be the favourite to open the scoring if he does.
One to watch for Luxembourg: Gerson Rodrigues scored Luxembourg’s first goal against Portugal in five games against the Selecao in March, and the Troyes forward will carry his team’s hopes once again here.
Long shot: If you want to get big odds in these Portugal v Luxembourg tips, a correct score prediction could be the way to go. A 5-0 home win may be worth a look, while you can bump up the odds even further by adding Ronaldo as the first scorer.