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Players in the Portugal vs Slovakia predicted lineups will give everything they can tonight to get closer to a place in the upcoming Euro 2024 finals. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo can also home in on yet another record if Portugal beat Slovakia.
A seventh Euro 2024 qualification win would send Portugal through, and as Cristiano Ronaldo is already the record holder for the most Euro final tournaments participations (five), he will once again want to steal the limelight.
The match will take place at Estádio do Dragão, home of FC Porto, in Portugal, and kick off is scheduled for 19:45 UK Time.
Portugal vs Slovakia predicted lineups
Portugal vs Slovakia Euro 2024 qualifiers: Team news
Portugal are having an absolutely fantastic qualification campaign, with six wins in six games, 24 goals scored and 0 goals against under Roberto Martinez. There are no major absences due to injury except Nuno Mendes, while there is a maiden call-up for João Neves, the latest Benfica wonderkid.
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The overall quality of Portugal is uncanny, in all positions, and some names are still outside of this list even though they started the season superbly. The likes of Bruma or Diogo Leite would have been difficult omissions.
Portugal predicted lineup
Diogo Costa ; Diogo Dalot, Ruben Dias, Antonio Silva, João Cancelo ; Palhinha, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes ; João Félix, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Leão
Slovakia are currently second in Group J, battling for their first qualification for an international competition since Euro 2020. And they put up a decent fight against Portugal in Bratislava during the reverse meeting, bravely going down 1-0 to the 2016 European champions.
Slovakia predicted lineup
Dubravka ; Pekarik, Vavro, Skriniar, Hancko ; Benes, Lobotka, Duda ; Suslov, Bozenik, Haraslin
Featured duel: Cristiano Ronaldo vs Milan Skriniar
The battle of the captains will most likely be one of the decisive factors for this game. With five goals scored in six games, Ronaldo still continues to defy age and logic, and with players such as Bruno Fernandes or Bernardo Silva to serve him, it is likely that he will have his opportunities to shine this week.
In opposition, Skriniar will try to lead his nation to their fifth clean sheet in seven games. Even though it is likely that Ronaldo will suffer some moments of frustration against the PSG defender, there are high chances that CR7 will be the man smiling at full-time, given the sheer quality supporting him.
Will João Neves play against Slovakia?
Called up for the first time by Roberto Martinez, the central midfielder from Benfica could have some minutes in the upcoming games to show what he is made of.
The 18 year-old has been a regular starter at Benfica, relegating Florentino Luis to the bench, and is already seen as one of the hottest prospects in the world, as he has been included in the final list for the Golden Boy award as one of the five wild cards.
Portugal vs Slovakia predicted lineups – The final word
Ronaldo is a born record breaker, and considering Portugal’s recent form along with home advantage, this can surely go only one way. Our call is Portugal 3, Slovakia 0 with Ronaldo to score.
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