Knowing that three points will secure an automatic route to next year’s European Championships, Portugal will make the trip to Luxemburg’s Stade Josy Barthel on Sunday afternoon.
Keeping the morale in their camp at a high with a thumping 6-0 victory over Group B whipping boys Lithuania in midweek, the reigning European champions hold a one-point buffer over Serbia before the Eagles host group leaders Ukraine also on Sunday.
While Portugal may have won four of their last five qualifying appearances, Luxemburg have long since seen any EURO 2020 dreams go up in smoke and find themselves simply in a battle not to lift the wooden spoon in Group B.
Failing to win any of their six qualifying appearances, Sunday’s hosts will also be haunted by their most recent meeting against Fernando Santos’ men.
Handed a 3-0 defeat last month, you might be interested to know that Portugal can be found at 9/2 with Bet365 to land an identical scoreline this weekend.
Luxembourg limp over the finish line
Once again shipping a trio of goals out in Serbia on Thursday night, Luxembourg have continued to show some rather drastic struggles since opening their Group B campaign with a 2-1 victory over Lithuania back in March.
Now in the midst of a six-match losing run across all competitions and still with the looming possibility of ending qualification at the foot of the table, it will undoubtedly be their continued issues at the back giving Luc Holtz the biggest headache.
Lucky to have only conceded three out in Belgrade in midweek, Luxembourg have now shipped at least of trio of goals in each of their last four matches on the bounce. You might be interested to know that Sunday’s hosts can be found at 13/8 with William Hill to ship over 3.5 strikes at the Stade Josy Barthel this weekend.
However, despite their continued defensive struggles, Holtz should take some solace from his side’s ability to find the back of the net at a regular rate.
Luxembourg have scored in each of their Group B matches on home soil this year, including finding the net against both Ukraine and Serbia. The Red Lions are pencilled in at 2/1 with 888sport to breach Portugal’s defence at some point this weekend.
Cristiano Ronaldo – The hat-trick hero
Bouncing back from their defeat out in the Ukraine last month to put six past Group B whipping boys Lithuania in midweek, Portugal still have their destiny in their own hands.
Holding a one-point buffer over Serbia, the defending European champions have won six of their last seven matches across all formats, a run that also saw them lift the inaugural Nations League title over the summer.
Unsurprisingly, one man who stole the show on Thursday night and will once again spearhead their charge this weekend is five-time Ballon d’Or winner and skipper, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Picking up the match ball against Lithuania in midweek and extending on his remarkable international run, the Juventus superstar has five goals in his last three Group B appearances.
Already bagging 16 goals for club and country since opening the 2019/2020 campaign, you might be interested to know that the 34-year-old can be found at 9/2 with Paddy Power to leave the Stade Josy Barthel with another match ball this weekend.