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Luxembourg vs Portugal Prediction & Match Preview



Luxembourg

Portugal

30 March 2021 18:45 UK/ 19:45 CET World Cup Qual

Buoyed by a hard-fought 1-0 win over Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Portugal in their second group game. 


Luc Holtz’s men impressed in their opener, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Tuesday’s football match. 

A man to watch in the home team will be Dynamo Kiev attacker Gerson Rodrigues, who scored a beautiful winner against Ireland.

Fernando Santos’ men, on the other hand, dropped two points in a 2-2 draw with Serbia, but it has to be noted that Cristiano Ronaldo had a goal ruled out for not having crossed the line, except it had. 

A Selecao are eager to return to winning ways in Group A, and even though Manchester United ace Bruno Fernandes misses the match through suspension, away win should be considered.

Luxembourg vs Portugal: Head to Head

Teams Luxembourg Portugal played so far 10 matches.
Luxembourg won 0 direct matches. Portugal won 10 matches. 0 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.50 goals per Match.

Luxembourg vs Portugal: Prediction

Luxembourg in actual season average scored 1.03 goals per match. In 12 (75.00%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 9 (56.25%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Portugal average scored 2.00 goals per match in season 2021. In 11 (78.57%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 8 (57.14%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Luxembourg have no need to fix what is not broken, and it would be harsh for Holtz to drop any member of the team who started and starred at the Aviva Stadium at the weekend.

Experienced defender Lars Gerson may therefore be restricted to an appearance from the bench, unless the hosting manager opts for a five-at-the-back in order to quell the rampant attack of Portugal.

Brothers Vincent Thill and Olivier Thill look set to man the engine room once more, but the oldest in the family - Sebastien Thill - was an unused substitute against Ireland and is unlikely to force his way into the lineup here.

In a blow to Portugal but a boost to Manchester United, Bruno Fernandes picked up his second booking of the tournament against Serbia and is suspended for the trip to Luxembourg, so Ruben Neves should fill in.

However, Neves's Wolverhampton Wanderers teammate Joao Moutinho was not involved whatsoever last time out and may be forced to miss this one as well, which could give Renato Sanches the opportunity to impress the manager.

Santos will certainly shuffle the pack once again given the hectic schedule and disappointing result last time out, so Nuno Mendes, Domingos Duarte and Joao Felix are all in contention to start.

Luxembourg possible starting lineup:
Moris; Martins, Mahmutovic, Chanot, Jans; Martins Pereira; Rodrigues, Barreiro, O. Thill, V. Thill; Sinani

Portugal possible starting lineup:
Lopes; Cedric, Duarte, Dias, Mendes; Pereira, Sanches, Neves; Jota, Ronaldo, Felix


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