Portugal vs Andorra
European Qualifiers – 2018 World Cup
Date: Friday, 7th October 2016
Kick-off: 19:45 UK
Venue: Estadio Municipal de Aveiro.
The European Champions Portugal has the perfect opportunity to bounce back to winning ways when they face the lowest ranked nation in Europe, Andorra on the matchday 2 of the World Cup Qualifiers.
A Ronaldo-less Portugal succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to Switzerland away from home in their first match of the group B. All two goals fell in the first half and despite an improved second half performance, Fernando Santos managed side failed to find a way through a hard working Swiss defense.
In a group which includes three minnows – Latvia, Faroe Islands and Andorra, Switzerland are Portugal’s biggest rivals. While Hungary are a side capable of pulling out some decent upsets and they will be up-against Switzerland in a crucial fixture on matchday 2. Andorra are ranked 203 by FIFA rankings and Portugal must look to cover the lost ground with a win here.
Portugal vs Andorra: Head-to-Head stats
The latest meeting between these two sides in a qualifying competition can be dated back to the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Portugal come good with two comprehensive wins – 3-0 at home and 7-1 away at Andorra.
They also met in a friendly on 1999 at Lisbon which was won by Portugal by a 4-0 margin.
Portugal vs Andorra: Prediction
Andorra are a side who haven’t won a match in any competition since 2010. They have also failed to score in 17 of their last 20 matches. So there is no doubt that the Portuguese side can eye for a big win here. With Ronaldo coming back from injury, we can expect them to score in plenty here. The goal markets are the best option for this games and I can see Portugal scoring at least 4 goals in this match.
Portugal vs Andorra: Betting Tips
Portugal to Score over 3.5 goals at 4.50 (7/2).