Liechtenstein - Portugal predictions and free betting tips [16/11/2023]
On Thursday, as part of the 9th round group stage of the European Championship qualifier, Liechtenstein will host Portugal in Vaduz at the 'Rheinpark Stadion'.
Liechtenstein: Büchel, Traber, Marxer, Wieser, Göppel, Büchel, Sele, Meier, Lüchinger, Salanovic, Hasler.
Portugal: Diogo Costa, Dias, Inácio, Dalot, Cancelo, Fernandes, Pereira, Otávio, Cristiano Ronaldo, Leão, Felix.
Liechtenstein is one of the weakest footballing nations within UEFA, which isn't surprising considering the country's population. The key club for the national team is 'Vaduz', competing in the Swiss championship. Any point gained is already considered a success, the biggest victory was gained over Luxembourg - a 4:0 win. In the current cycle, Liechtenstein has not gained a single point, with a goal difference of 1:25. In the previous round, the team was crushed on the road in Iceland with a score of 0:4. Head coach Konrad Fünfstück utilises a 3-5-2 formation.
Portugal is steamrolling their opponents in their qualifying group, sitting in first place and having secured their place in the continental championship in advance. The team has 24 points, with a goal difference of 32:2. Last round, at home, they made mincemeat of Bosnia and Herzegovina – defeating them with a score of 0:5. Head coach Roberto Martinez used a 4-2-3-1 formation. Cristiano Ronaldo has dubbed the current qualifying cycle as the easiest in the history of the Portugal national team. The only motivation for the team is to gain maximum points in the remaining rounds in order to be placed in the first pot for the Euros. Ronaldo is in great spirits and scoring a lot, still playing a vital role in the national team. The forward scored 45 goals in 2023 across all tournaments, only trailing Kane and Haaland in this measure. The veteran has 125 goals for the national team, with the only unbroken record being the number of accurate passes to partners, he is 2 assists away from surpassing Luís Figo. Martinez can afford to rotate the squad, giving game time to reserve players. Under the new coach, Portugal has yet to drop points. Furthermore, the team has not conceded away goals for more than a year.
The opponents have played 8 matches against each other, the only time Liechtenstein managed to get points against the Portuguese was in 2004, ending in a 2:2 draw. In the first round, Portugal won with a score of 4:0, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring 2 goals.
Match prediction for Liechtenstein – Portugal
Liechtenstein has no chance of winning. Betting on a penalty in the match looks promising. Liechtenstein does not always use a defensive approach, therefore the Portuguese have chances for quick counterattacks.