[[LIVE TV]] Luxembourg vs Portugal live 26.03.2023
Luxembourg vs Portugal Head-to-Head and Key Numbers The two teams have a long-standing rivalry and have met 20 times in all competitions since 1955. As expected, the visitors have been the dominant side in these meetings and have 18 wins to their name. The hosts have just one win to their name, coming in 1961. Portugal are on a 12-game winning run against the hosts and recorded a 5-0 win when they last met in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier in 2021.
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Luxembourg vs Portugal Prediction The hosts have seen an upturn in form in recent games and are on a six-game unbeaten run. They have failed to score in their last two games and will need to improve upon their attacking output. Portugal have an impressive record against the hosts and, having scored four goals in their campaign opener, they are the favorites in this match.
Luxembourg actually played an impressive World Cup qualifying campaign, finishing third in their group with the same tally as Republic of Ireland. They also finished second to Turkey in League C Group 1 of the Nations League, racking up 11 points from six matches. Leaving Portugal aside, the rest of this group, including the likes of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and, of course Slovakia, will all seem beatable to them. Team News With no reported injury worries after the Slovakia draw, Holtz isn’t expected to change anything for Sunday, which means captain Laurent Jans is likely to start on the bench again.
Portugal are, of course, the strongest team in this group by far and barring something completely unexpected, nobody can see them being challenged seriously for the top spot. Though some may point to the fact that they were unexpectedly beaten to it in the World Cup qualifications, with all due respect, there is a difference between Serbia and the teams Portugal face here. Following Portugal’s disappointing exit from the tournament in Qatar in the quarterfinals, where they succumbed to Morocco, Fernando Santos left the position of head coach and has been replaced by former Belgium boss Roberto Martinez. Martinez fielded a fiercely offensive 3-5-2 lineup against Liechtenstein, and much like Holtz, he isn’t expected to tinker with it.
Prediction: Luxembourg vs Portugal - Soccer NewsVerdict: Portugal to score three or more goals Best odds: 5/6 Bookmaker: Betfair The Euro 2024 qualifications are already underway in Group J of the UEFA region, and the clash between Luxembourg and Portugal, set to take place on Sunday evening at the Luxembourg Stadium, in the city bearing the same name as the country itself. Though relatively modern and rather sightly, the venue is small, holding just over 9, 300 seats. Luxembourg Marked as perpetual outsiders, Luxembourg have been steadily improving over the recent years. They still aren’t quite considered favourites in many games, but until recently, other teams counted on the three points against them in advance. Now they’re mostly being forced to work very hard to earn them, and nothing is a given anymore, as Slovakia discovered in the opening round. Slovakia mostly dominated that match, but Luc Holtz’s team stood their ground and kept a clean sheet despite the hosts taking a total of 18 shots, picking up an important point while extending their unbeaten run to six matches in all competitions.
The visitors have scored at least three goals in nine of their last 12 games against Luxembourg. They have kept 10 clean sheets in that period as well. Luxembourg are undefeated in all competitions since June 2022. They have also kept clean sheets in three of their last four games. Portugal's last 12 games have produced conclusive results, with eight wins to their name and four defeats. They have failed to score in just one of their last seven games.
With Anthony Moris in goal, the back line should see Lars Gerson pair up with Maxime Chanot, flanked by Mica Pinto and Florian Bohnert. The flat midfield line should consist of Yvandro Borges Sanches, Christopher Martins, Leandro Barreiro and Danel Sinani, while Portugal-born Gerson Rodrigues joins Mathias Olesen upfront. Portugal Unsurprisingly, it’s all about Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal at the moment, whose start in the 4-0 thrashing of Liechtenstein made him the most capped player in the history of international football. It was his 198th appearance for his country, and the two goals he scored raised his total tally to 122. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has had his share of controversy and criticism, but having dominated the world scene (alongside Lionel Messi, of course) for more than 15 years, at the age of 38, he’s still going strong and there’s no doubt whatsoever that the football lovers across the globe have been privileged to witness such a remarkable career.
Cristiano Ronaldo made his 197th international appearance for Portugal against Liechtenstein and had a memorable outing by scoring twice in the second half. He is now the most capped player in men's international football. Luxembourg have been in good form in recent games. They played out their second goalless draw in a row. They will be looking to maintain this form against Portugal.
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