Portugal vs Ukraine Preview, Predictions, Lineups, Team News

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Portugal vs Ukraine
Euro 2020 Qualifying, Europe
Date: Friday, 22nd March 2019
Kick off at: 19.45
Venue: Estadio da Luz, Lisabon, Portugal

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Coming of a positive UEFA Nations League display, Portugal are ready to start their Euro 2020 qualifying stage. Fernando Santos’ men will play their opening group game at home against tricky Ukraine side on Friday.

Portugal vs Ukraine Possible Lineups

Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they prepare themselves for this Euro 2020 qualifying match.  Let’s take a look at the potential lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them get the result they’re looking for.

Portugal

Expected Formation: 4-4-2

Probable Lineups: Patricio(g)Cancelo, Pepe, Dias, Rui(def);B. Silva, W. Carvalho, Neves(mid);Ronaldo, A. Silva(att).

Ukraine

Expected Formation: 4-5-1

Probable Lineups: Pyatov(g)Karavaev, Burda, Krivtsov, Mykolenko(def);Tsygankov, Stepanenko, Marlos, Malinovskiy, Zinchenko(mid);Moraes(att).

Recent Form

Before going into this Euro 2020 encounter, both teams have already been involved in several other games. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been acquiring to have an idea about their current form.

Portugal

Recent form in all competition (last five matches): WWWDD

Selecao das Quinas have been in a positive form recently as they grabbed three wins and two draws in their last five. However, Portugal only picked up two straight draws in their latest fixtures.

Nevertheless those latest results won’t be affecting Santos’ side confidence ahead of Friday game. The home side will be looking to get themselves back into winning ways against Ukraine.

Ukraine

Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :WDWLD

Andriy Shevchenko’s team  have been getting mixed results in their last five fixtures. Ukraine squad grabbed two wins, two draws and one defeat during those stretch of games.

Only drawing their latest fixture 0-0, Sheva’s boys will be aiming for at least similar result on Friday. It won’t be an easy task though for the visitor as they must battle hard to get something positive.

Team News

Portugal

Selecao das Quinas will have a positive boost for their upcoming tie with Cristiano Ronaldo’s return into the squad. Aside from CR7 return, Portugal also have some interesting new addition for the upcoming squad.

Santos called up exciting new faces such as Joao Felix, Diogo Jota and Dyego Sousa. Nevertheless, one of the main man for Friday tie would by Bernardo Silva, who has been brilliant for Manchester City.

Ukraine

Shevchenko squad also got themselves a new interesting name for their match against Portugal. The Yellow Blue is set to play Brazilian born attacker, Junior Moraes, as he received his passport recently.

Man City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko will play further up the pith compared to his role at the club. In midfield, Sheva will also rely on Taras Stepanenko’s quality to link up his team’s play.

Head to Head Records:

Previous two meetings between both teams ended with a victory for each of them.

Their upcoming encounter on Friday could decide which team will have the upper hand from their head to head records.

Match Prediction

Santos will be looking to start Portugal’s qualifying campaign with a win, as they play at home. Ronaldo’s return into the squad should provide that extra sharpness up front for Seleca das Quinas.

Ukraine themselves won’t go down without a fight as Sheva will try to lead his team into victory. The home team should be favorite on paper, but lack of focus could put them under trouble.

Final Score: 2-0

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