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Luxembourg vs Portugal: Predictions
Luxembourg stunned the Republic of Ireland on the weekend after defying the odds to beat Stephen Kenny’s side 1-0 in Dublin. Dynamo Kyiv’s Gerson Rodrigues scored the only goal of the night as the 25-year-old’s 85th-minute strike secured maximum points for the underdogs to leave their hosts at the bottom of Group A.
Portugal opened up their World Cup Qualifiers with a narrow 1-0 win over Azerbaijan which was followed by the weekend’s most controversial game against Serbia which ended 2-2. Despite taking a 2-0 lead into half-time, the 2016 European Championship winners let their lead slip as Serbia pulled it back to secure a draw.
However, Portugal will go into Tuesday’s game with a point to prove after Cristiano Ronaldo’s late effort on goal was deemed not to have crossed the line – much to the rage of the Juventus man. The draw left Fernando Santos’ side second in the table behind Serbia only on goal difference.
Having played a game less, Tuesday’s hosts have the opportunity to leapfrog Portugal with a win on the night, however, they will have to defy the odds for the second game in a row to do so with the odds heavily in the favour of the visitors.
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Luxembourg vs Portugal: Match Stats
Diogo Jota netted twice in the draw against Serbia and since returning from injury the Portuguese forward has scored three goals in his last two games for both Liverpool and his national side. The 24-year-old’s impressive start to the Premier League campaign which saw him score five in his first nine came to a halt through injury, however, he has returned in impressive fashion.
These two sides met twice back in 2019 in the Euro Qualifiers which saw Portugal run out comfortable 3-0 and 2-0 victors. In their last 10 games across all competitions, Portugal have kept six clean sheets having only conceded in games against Croatia, Serbia and current World Cup holders France.
17 November 2019 – Luxembourg 0-2 Portugal – Euro Qualifiers
11 October 2019 – Portugal 3-0 Luxembourg – Euro Qualifiers
17 November 2015 – Luxembourg 0-2 Portgual – Friendly
15 October 2013 – Portugal 3-0 Luxembourg – World Cup Qualifier
If the recent pattern of meetings is anything to go by then Portugal should be in store for a 3-0 victory. Portugal will obviously go into this game as clear favourites to win, however, there may be even more fight in them following the controversy which denied them the three points on Saturday night against Serbia.