Reigning European champions Portugal travel to Group B rivals Ukraine five points adrift in the standings. Crucially, the Seleção have a game in hand over Andriy Shevchenko’s men, and wins from the next two matches will put Cristiano Ronaldo and company top of the pile and close to automatic qualification.
Where and when: Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kiev – 14 October, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Ukraine vs. Portugal: Sky Sports
Last time: The nations played out a goalless draw in the reverse fixture in March.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Over 3.5 goals||13/5||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||15/4||Offer|
|Portugal to win 2-1||15/2||Offer|
Ukraine v Portugal Predictions and Preview
With five victories from six games, Ukraine have been one of the surprise packages of the qualifying phase. Yellow-Blue, led by legend of the game Shevchenko, has put together an impressive outfit, with a host of familiar faces. West Ham United’s Andriy Yarmolenko is over his injury troubles and looks back to his best.
The winger has three goals from six appearances this domestic campaign and is 13/5 to net anytime. Júnior Moraes will lead the line and the striker is in fine form.
Euro 2016 victors Portugal beat Luxembourg 3-0 in their last matchup, courtesy of efforts from Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva and Goncalo Guedes.
The Portuguese skipper hit his 94th goal for his country, and only trails Ali Daei, who is the all-time leading goalscorer in the history of men’s international football. The Juventus attacker is the 3/1 favourite bag first and 15/4 to get a brace.
Compatriot Joao Felix is in line to make his fifth appearance and is now a regular for the national side. The Atletico Madrid youngster will take his place from the left flank with Manchester City’s Silva on the other side.
One to watch for Ukraine: Marlos has registered double figures in the last two campaigns for club side Shakhtar and will operate from the left flank. The Brazil born forward is 7/5 to score anytime.
One to watch for Portugal: Gonçalo Guedes has a habit of popping up with vital goals and is a valued squad member. The UEFA Nations League final match winner is 15/4 to net last.
Long shot: Portugal are notoriously slow starters in qualifying, but come up against a Ukraine squad who have scored the same number as Fernando Santos’ troops. Moreover, Yellow-Blue have only conceded one effort, and so far, have the defensive resilience to match the attacking prowess. A 1-1 stalemate is available at 6/1.