Sports Innovation previews the World Cup qualifier between Portugal and Luxembourg and offers team stats and betting tips with the latest odds.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal look to wrap up the international break on a high in Tuesday’s showdown with Luxembourg in Algarve.
Depending on the outcome of Serbia’s match against Azerbaijan, Portugal could go top of Group A. The Navigators currently sit one point off the top of the table in second place with a game in hand. They have 13 points from five outings, having won four times and drawn once.
Luxembourg, meanwhile, know defeat will all but crush what little hope they have left of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. The Red Lions are third in Group A on six points from five games. They lie seven points behind Portugal, who hold the playoff spot in second place.
Stats and facts for Portugal vs Luxembourg
Facts are calculated for World Cup:
- Portugal has won the last 3 matches in a row;
- Portugal unbeaten the last 5 matches in a row;
- Portugal has won the last 3 matches in a row at home;
- Portugal unbeaten the last 23 matches in a row at home.
- Luxembourg conceded in the last 6 of 8 matches;
- Luxembourg scored in the last 5 of 7 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 3.5 in Luxembourg’s last 2 of 4 matches;
- Both teams scored in Luxembourg’s last 4 of 6 matches.
Form Guide – Portugal vs Luxembourg
The Navigators are in sound form.
Portugal go into this encounter high on confidence following 4 wins from their last 6 matches. Fernando Santos’ side have really been enjoying their football in their previous 3 matches, which started off with a 3-1 win against Qatar. They went on to beat Azerbaijan by 3-0, before also getting the better of Qatar in a 3-0 victory.
The Red Lions look poor on the road.
Form has left a lot to be desired on the road and Luxembourg will need to dig deep to claim three points in a tough match. In their last 3 matches, Luc Holtz’s side lost 4-1 to Serbia before claiming a 1-1 draw with Qatar. They lost to Serbia again last time out by a 1-0 scoreline.
Portugal vs Luxembourg – Fixture history
The last time these two teams played each other, Portugal came away as 3-1 winners back in March.
At the time of writing, the bookmakers are offering the following prices on this encounter. A win for Portugal pays out at 1.06, the best price for a draw is 15.00, while an away win for Luxembourg gets you odds 51.00.
Entertainment is close to guaranteed with over 2.5 goals being scored the last 8 of 10 times Portugal clashed with Luxembourg. The hosts have also won each of their last 10 rounds in this fixture, making a home win appear inevitable.
Standings in World Cup
Man of the Moment
After scoring his 112th international goal in the 3-0 win over Qatar, Cristiano Ronaldo hopes to add to his tally here. The Manchester United man has scored one goal in each of his last five games against Luxembourg. Andre Silva is another Portugal goal threat to look out for.
On the other side, Gerson Rodrigues has been the away side’s leading man in recent games.