The reigning European Champions Portugal start their Euro 2020 qualification campaign with a home game against Ukraine at Estádio da Luz, in Lisbon, Portugal, on Friday night (IST).
What competition it is? UEFA Euro Qualifiers
Teams: Portugal and Ukraine
Kick Off: Saturday 23 March
Match Timing: 01:15 AM (IST)
Where the game is played? Estádio da Luz (65,647)
TV Info: The International fixtures can be watched across Sony India Network.
Portugal have never been short of the talent, and there was hardly any period when their talent pool could be considered bleak. However, their success at the international level tells a whole different story; too many close encounters, and way too many failures in big tournaments.
But this is the era of Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably one of the best players of all time. He can’t leave without having his legacy imprinted on Portugal’s football history. He may have had his own shares of bad lucks, but he touched the gold in 2016 as Selecção finally ended their barren run at the international level, winning the Euro 2016 by beating the favorites France.
The Juventus superstar is well and truly heading towards the twilight of his career but Portugal’s next generation boasts some of the finest young players. The likes of Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva, and Jaao Cancelo are more than ready to step up.
While visitors Ukraine are in a decent form heading into this match. They were in Legaue B, having given a group alongside the Czech Republic and Slovakia. But they earned the League A after winning the group with three wins from four games.
But their next hurdle will test the true potential of this team as Andriy Shevchenko prepare his side for the Euro 2020 qualifiers.
However, Ukraine are favorite to finish the group at 2nd, and this is the least they should target as the likes of Lithuania and Luxembourg are in the group.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Portugal – D W W W D D
Ukraine – W W D L W L D
POR vs UKR Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Portugal vs Ukraine Team News:
Injured – Fernando Santos has a healthy squad to choose from as Bruno Fernandes is the only player out of the matchdays squad due to an injury, while Cedric Soares and Ricardo Pereira aren’t in the squad.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: Cristiano Ronaldo’s international sabbatical is set to end here as the former Real Madrid star is now back in the national set-up. It means Fernando Santos may go back to 4-4-2 here. But who gets to partner Ronaldo at the front is a big debate as both Andre Silva and Benfica wonder kid Joao Felix are in the squad. The latter is more likely to come from the bench, it seems.
Mario Rui should start at the left-back, and if that happens Raphael Guerreiro is expected to play in a more advanced role.
Key Players – Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernanrdo Silva
Injured – A clean bill of health.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: Ukraine legend Andriy Shevchenko has some decisions to make, especially at the left side of the defense. Mykola Matvyenko started every match in the UEFA Nations League so far, but Vitaliy Mykolenko is also in the squad. The 19-year-old has been a revelation of sorts for Dynamo Kyiv and may be given a start in this high-profile match.
Key Players – Zinchenko, Moraes
POR vs UKR Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Portugal– Patricio (GK), Rui, Dias, Pepe, Cancelo, Carvalho, Pizzi, Guerreiro, Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo
Ukraine– Pyatov (GK), Karavaev, Burda, Krivtsov, Mykolenko, Zinchenko, Malinovskiy, Stepanenko, Marlos, Tsygankov, Moraes
POR vs UKR Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Portugal are favorites to win the group as well as the match.
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