EURO 2020 – UEFA European Qualifiers – Portugal vs Lithuania Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Portugal vs Lithuania kick off? Thursday 14th November, 2019 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is Portugal vs Lithuania being played? Estádio Do Algarve

What television channel is Portugal vs Lithuania on? Sky have the rights to UEFA European Qualifiers matches in the UK, so it is worth checking the Sky Sports schedule

Where can I stream Portugal vs Lithuania? If the match is televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go

What was the score when the teams last met? Lithuania 1-5 Portugal

THE TEAM NEWS

PORTUGAL

  • A 2-1 defeat in Ukraine last time out means Portugal can no longer finish top of Group B, but victory here coupled with Serbia dropping points would confirm second place.
  • With Joao Felix injured, Goncalo Paciencia has been called up to the squad alongside his Eintracht Frankfurt teammate Andre Silva and will be hoping to add to his solitary cap in 2017.
  • Fellow strikers Eder and Diogo Jota are also back in the squad but Nelson Semedo has pulled out after suffering an injury at the weekend, so in-form Leicester right-back Ricardo Pereira could make his first appearance since last year's World Cup.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Rui Patricio; Ricardo Pereira, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Raphael Guerreiro; Danilo Pereira, Joao Moutinho, Bruno Fernandes; Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruma

Unavailable: William Carvalho (Injured), Nelson Semedo (Injured), Andre Gomes (Injured), Joao Felix (Injured), Goncalo Guedes (Injured)

Doubtful:

LITHUANIA

  • Lithuania have taken just one point from seven matches in this campaign and have lost nine of their last 11 European qualifiers away from home.
  • Coach Valdas Urbonas has made four changes to his squad with goalkeeper Emilijus Zubas, midfielders Mantas Kuklys and Vykintas Slivka, and captain Fedor Chernykh returning after injury.
  • Winger Arvydas Novikovas is set to return to the side after serving a suspension against Serbia and is likely to take the place of Ovidijus Verbickas, who is out injured.

Predicted line-up (4-1-4-1): Setkus; Baravykas, Klimavicius, Girdvainis, Mikoliunas; Simkus; Chernykh, Vorobjovas, Kuklys, Novikovas; D. Matulevicius

Unavailable: Verbickas (Injured)

Doubtful:

THE PREDICTION

Portugal won 5-1 when these teams met just two months ago and a similar scoreline is quite conceivable this time. The European champions have netted 13 goals in their last four games and need the three points here, while Lithuania have conceded 16 in their last five.

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