Portugal vs Lithuania
Date: Thursday, 14 November 2019
Kick-off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Estádio Algarve (Faro/Loulé).
Portugal are in contention for a ticket to the next round, as they sit behind table-toppers Ukraine at the moment. However, with third-placed Serbia breathing down their necks, the hosts cannot afford a slip-up on Thursday.
Portugal vs Lithuania Head to head (h2h)
Apart from two international friendlies, their only recent encounter witnessed Lithuania lose by a whopping 5-1 scoreline.
Portugal vs Lithuania Prediction
Portugal tasted defeat for the first time in the qualifiers last month after Ukraine took them down on the road with a narrow 2-1 victory. Despite enjoying the majority of possession and registering twice as many shots on target than their counterparts, Fernando Santos’s men fell short of expectations and had to return home empty-handed.
On the other hand, Lithuania are yet to break free from their losing streak and have hit rock bottom with just one point to their name. The visitors have been the whipping boys of Group B so far. And, have lost by a two-goal margin or more in four of their previous five clashes.
It is also worth mentioning that the away side have not tasted success in any of their outings this year. Their last victory on the global stage came against Sri Lanka, back in 2018, that too in an international friendly.
Meanwhile, the Portuguese outfit have been a force reckon with on home soil. The hosts have been recording back to back wins in their last three clashes here, and are unbeaten in their past eight as well. Taking into account that the home side also ran riot over this foe in the reverse fixture, count on Portugal to win and to win big at that too.
Furthermore, as previously mentioned, Lithuania have hardly been a threat to any of their opponents. The away side have conceded nineteen goals so far, which is six more than any other side in the cluster. Considering that the hosts thrashed five in their previous meeting alone, it is certainly well within reason to expect Portugal to rack up the goals tally in this one.
Additionally, Cristiano Ronaldo is Portugal’s top scorer at the moment, with seven goals, four which came against Lithuania. The Juventus forward has also been consistent in finding the back of the net at least once in each of his last four games in a running. Hence, back the in-form skipper to get his name on the scoresheet this week as well.
Portugal vs Lithuania Betting tips
Portugal -3 Asian Handicap @ 1.60 (3/5)
Over 3.5 goals @ 1.60 (3/5).
Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime @ 1.50.