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Portugal vs. Lithuania Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
14 November 2019
Thursday 14 November
Estadio Algave – European Qualifiers
Portugal welcome Lithuania to the Estadio Algave on Thursday, in desperate need of a win. Fernando Santos’ side are second in the league table, having lost to leaders Ukraine, but should be confidence against Lithuania, who have lost all but one game in their qualifying campaign.
Portugal have won all of their games against Lithuania, the most recent, in Vilnius back in September, saw Cristiano Ronaldo score four, before William Carvalho added one more in the 90th minute.
Portugal’s talisman and captain, Ronaldo, is a doubt for the match having come off injured last weekend. This adds to an already stacked injury list for Santos’ who is missing Andre Gomes, Joao Felix, Nelson Semedo and William Carvalho.
Valdas Urbonas will welcome back a number of key players, with captain Fedor Chernyhk returning from injury. However, winger Ovidijus Verbickas has been left out of the squad through injury, meaning that Avydas Novikovas may step in.
Portugal vs. Lithuania Preview and Predictions
Portugal face Lithuania on Thursday, knowing that anything other than a win pretty much guarentees failure to qualify top of Group B. The European champions dropped points in their last game against leaders Ukraine, and are just one point above Serbia in third place.
Fortunately for Santos’ side, Lithuania have been as close to guarenteed points as it gets in the qualifiers, and conceeded four goals in their home leg against the Portugese. That’s reflected by Portugal’s odds of 1.01 to win, with the visitors at 66.50 and even the draw at 18.00. However, with Ronaldo likely missing, and his heir Joao Felix also sidelined, the manager has a right to be concerned as to where the creativity will come from.
Bernardo Silva has not been in as strong form this season, whilst Wolves’ Diogo Jota has been struggling for fitness. Lithuania will doubtless sit deep and look to frustrate the inaugural Nations League winners, who’s intenational stars may be slightly fatigued having played both Champions League and domestic football in the last 10 days.
Regardless, Santos has a strong pool of players to pick from, many of whom are still looking to prove themselves, and who should easily be able to overcome Lithuania’s back line.
Over 3.5 goals score at 1.55
All three of the previous meetings have ended with four goals scored or more!
A goals scored in the first 30 minutes at 1.80
Portugal will look to go out of the gates quickly, with an early goal ideal for settling nerves.