Portugal, who face Luxembourg next, are in impressive form right now. And they have five wins from five games when they beat Slovakia last week. Roberto Martinez’s men will be looking to achieve a similar result against Luxembourg and will be heavy favorites in this context.
Meanwhile, the visitors are also in impressive form and will be looking to upset the odds. Luxembourg have made it three wins on the bounce and it remains to be seen if they can cause problems for the home team.
The last time these two sides met was in March and Portugal won 6-0. And tomorrow they will look to get another comfortable win. The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the clash ahead of the last meeting between the two sides.
Roberto Martinez will be without his talismanic striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who is suspended for Monday’s match with Luxembourg after a booking against Slovakia.
Portugal are expected to start in a 4-3-3 formation with Diogo Costa in goal. Diogo Dalot and Joao Cancelo are likely to be deployed at full-back and will look to contribute offensively as well.
Antonio Silva will start alongside Ruben Dias in the heart of defence. In the center of the midfield, defensive midfielder Joao Palhinha will try to break up the opponent’s attacks. Bruno Fernandes and Vitinha will add creativity and drive to the side. Finally, Goncalo Ramos will lead the line in Ronaldo’s absence, with Bernardo Silva and Rafael Lea either side.
The visitors have no injury or suspension issues in this fixture and should be able to field a full squad. Luxembourg will likely form in a 4-5-1 formation with Anthony Moris in goal.
Marvin Martins and Michael Pinto will be the full-backs and will look to contain Portugal’s wings and protect the centre-backs. Enes Mahmutovic should start alongside Maxim Chanot in the heart of the defence.
Dejvid Sinani and Yvandro Sanches will be deployed as full-backs and will try to create counter-attacking opportunities for the visitors. Leandro Barreiro will start in the midfield three alongside Christopher Martins and Mathias Olesen. Finally, Alessio Curci will lead the line for the visiting side.
Probable Lineup (4-3-3):
Costa; Dalot, Silva, Dias, Cancelo; Vitinha, Palhinha, Fernandes; Silva, Ramos, Leao
Probable Lineup (4-5-1):
Moris; Martins, Mahmutovic, Chanot, Pinto; Sinani, Barreiro, Martins, Olesen, Sanches; Curci