Portugal vs Iceland: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast
The Euro 2016 winners host Iceland at their home ground to make it 9 wins in a row in the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers.
It’s the Matchday 10 of the Euro 2024 qualifiers and Portugal are already through to Germany for the tournament. But on the other hand, Iceland need to win this game to have any chances of securing a spot given that they win against Slovakia. The match takes place on a Sunday night in Portugal’s home ground and they clearly have an advantage with the high quality players they possess.
The Portuguese side is going to be led by Ronaldo in attack and Fernandes handling the midfield. Even though Portugal are facing injury concerns, yet they havea strong team. Iceland need to be at their peak game to guarantee their ticket to Germany for the Euro 2024. It will be a high profile must win game for Iceland. Let us look at these thrilling match’s details!
Monday, 20th November 2023, 7:45 PM GMT; 01:15 AM IST
Location: Estádio José Alvalade
Portugal (in all competitions): W-W-W-W-W
Iceland (in all competitions): L-L-W-D-W
Players to watch for
Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal
If there is a matchup including Ronaldo in the lineup, he is surely the one to watch for! Portugal’s footballing icon Cristiano Ronaldo provides the team with unmatched leadership and experience. His prolific goal-scoring ability at international stage is commendable. He strengthens Portugal’s attacking line and we can expect him to score in this game also. He is the second-highest goal scorer in the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers.
Gylfi Sigurðsson – Iceland
Gylfi Sigurðsson is recognised for his imaginative playmaking and tactical vision. He has been a key member of the team for over the years. He dominates Iceland’s midfield with his accurate passes and set-piece expertise. The Iceland team fans have high hopes from their players in this high-profile game against Portugal. This is going to be a must-win for Iceland and they need to make it count!
- Portugal have won their last three games by scoring atleast three goals or more, so they are confident going into this one.
- Portugal are undefeated at the Estádio José Alvalade, having won their past 8 games in the UEFA Euro Qualifiers.
- Bruno Fernandes is highest assist provider, while Cristiano Ronaldo is the second top-scorer in this series of UEFA Euro Qualifiers.
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Injury and team news
Portugal’s lineup weakens because of the absence of important players like Pepe, Nelson Semedo, Rafael Leao and Matheus Nunes due to injuries. Diogo Dalot was released as well as he awaits for his child’s birth. Portugal’s scoring options and defensive stability are put to the test by these absences. On the other hand, Iceland has no reported injuries going into the match, which could provide them an advantage in terms of team availability and squad fitness.
Portugal : 1
Iceland : 0
Predicted lineup for Portugal vs Iceland
Portugal Predicted lineup (4-4-2)
Meireles Costa; Dias, J Mario, D Pereira, Guerreiro; R Neves, B Fernandes, Cancelo, B Silva; G Ramos, Ronaldo
Iceland Predicted lineup (4-3-3)
Rúnarsson; Fridriksson, Palsson, Ingason, Magnusson; Willumsson, Sigurdsson, J Gudmundsson; Thorsteinsson, A Gudmundsson, Finnbogason
Match prediction for Portugal vs Iceland
Portugal have been clinical this Euro 2024 qualifiers. They have already won 8 out of the 8 games that they have played in Group J. In Matchday 9 against Iceland football team, they are going to come out with their best team captained by Cristiano Ronaldo. Iceland, on the other hand, need to win this match in hope for glory to knockout stages. But since it is at the home of Portugal, it should be an easy win for them.
Prediction: Portugal 3 : 1 Iceland
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