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Portugal vs Azerbaijan Prediction & Match Preview

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24 March 2021 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET World Cup Qual

David faces Goliath at Allianz Stadium as Portugal and Azerbaijan go head to head in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. 


Portugal aim to build on a 3-2 win over Croatia, and we are positive that they will stick to their attacking style of play against the Azeri. 

As always, a man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Cristiano Ronaldo, who has netted 102 goals for the Portugal national team.

Veteran defender Pepe returns to the squad following his excellent display in Porto’s Champions League clash against Juventus. Andre Silva is back to contention as well. 

Azerbaijan, on the other hand, obviously struggle in front of goal, with the team failing to find the net in the previous five games in all competitions. 

As previously mentioned, this will be a David-vs-Goliath clash, and we are positive that the visitors will return to Baku empty-handed.

Portugal vs Azerbaijan Head-to-head

Teams Portugal Azerbaijan played so far 4 matches.
Portugal won 4 direct matches. Azerbaijan won 0 matches. 0 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.50 goals per Match.

Portugal vs Azerbaijan Prediction

Portugal in actual season average scored 2.03 goals per match. In 14 (70.00%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 11 (55.00%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Azerbaijan average scored 0.83 goals per match in season 2021. In 11 (73.33%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (46.67%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Unsurprisingly, Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Rui Patricio - Portugal's ninth most-capped player - will not be joining up with the team after the horrific head injury he sustained against Liverpool earlier this month.

Anthony Lopes should therefore be given the nod in goal, but there ought to be some Premier League representation in the backline with Manchester City duo Joao Cancelo and Ruben Dias in line for starts.

Pepe, William Carvalho, Trincao and Nelson Semedo are all notable absentees for Santos's side, and Ronaldo is set to lead the line despite pressure from prolific Eintracht Frankfurt forward Andre Silva.

Azerbaijan captain Maksim Medvedev was late to arrive at his team's training camp due to personal reasons, but the Qarabag right-back has now joined up with the squad and will be ready to lead his side out onto the Turin turf on Wednesday.

Medvedev scored the winner in his side's only triumph of 2020 - a 1-0 victory against Cyprus - and at 31 years of age, he is the oldest player in De Biasi's setup for the qualifiers.

Uncapped forward Anatoliy Nuriyev is the sole player in the team who does not ply his trade in Azerbaijan, with the 24-year-old currently on the books at Ukrainian Premier League outfit Mynai.

Portugal possible starting lineup:
Lopes; Cancelo, Dias, Fonte, Guerreiro; Pereira, Moutinho, Fernandes; Jota, Ronaldo, Felix

Azerbaijan possible starting lineup:
Balayev; Medvedev, Huseynov, Badalov, Kryvotsiuk; Sadikhov, Qarayev, Diniyev, Mutallimov; Sheydayev, Emreli

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