Liechtenstein vs Portugal Match Analysis & Prediction
16/11/2023 10:45 pm
Runaway Group J leaders Portugal travel to Rheinpark Stadion in Vaduz to face the section’s whipping boys Liechtenstein in Euro 2024 qualifying on Thursday night.
With Portugal aleady confirmed to win the group and Liechtenstein guaranteed to finish bottom, the game will be a dead rubber.
Another two defeats this month would see Liechtenstein finish pointsless in a section for the first time since they bagen qualifying – for Euro 96.
The microstate are now 33 matches without a win, and they have scored just six goals in that time, losing 28 of their previous 29 games, with the only exception being a draw with Armenia where their late equaliser came in remarkably fortuitous circumstances.
Konrad Funfstuck’s side have scored just once in Group J, but it was arguably the best goal seen anywhere across qualifying, through Sandro Wolfinger’s astonishing volley away to Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Their recent form saw them sli as low as 204th in the FIFA World Rankings over the summer – their lowest-ever position – and they have only managed to rise to 200th since.
Euro 2016 champions Portugal are safely through to next summer’s finals and stand on the verge of history if they can win their final two qualifiers.
Having won all eight matches so far under new manager Roberto Martinez, victories in two kind fixtures to finish the section here in Liechtenstein and at home to Iceland would see Portugal finish a qualifying group with a 100% winning record for the first time.
While progression is already secured, UEFA’s new seeding format incetivises teams to continue to take their remaining qualifiers seriously, as the pots for the finals will be decided based on how many points are won in qualifying, so Martinez’s side will have a spot in pot one on their agenda.
Liechtenstein vs. Portugal Head to head
In the eight previous meetings between these two teams, Portugal have claimed seven victories while they have drawn once. Liechtenstein have scored just three goals and conceded 39 in the process.
09/10/2004Liechtenstein2Portugal2UEFA World Cup Qualifiers
08/10/2005Portugal2Liechtenstein1UEFA World Cup Qualifiers
Liechtenstein Team News
Liechtenstein will be without their captain Nicolas Hasler again as he remains out with the injury he picked up against Luxembourg in June.
Former Oxford United goalkeeper Benjamin Buchel, who also had spells at six other English clubs, is set to captain the team in his place in what is set to be his 60th cap.
Liechtenstein's Last 5 Matches
Portugal Team News
Ricardo Horta is back in the Portugal squad after missing October’s internationals with injury, as is Pepe, who at 41 became the Champions League’s oldest-ever goalscorer last week.
Missing out on this squad are Danilo Pereira and Pedro Neto who have picked up injuries recently, as well as Renato Sanches, who has not had the best start to life at Roma.
Portugal's Last 5 Matches
Liechtenstein vs. Portugal: Odds and Predictions
Handicap Portugal (-4.5): Yes
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