Portugal vs Lithuania Match Info
Date: Thursday November 14 2019
Kick-off time: 7.45pm GMT
Venue: Estadio Algarve
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
Portugal vs Lithuania Head-To-Head Record
3 previous matches
September 10 2019: Lithuania 1-5 Portugal
June 5 2004: Portugal 4-1 Lithuania
August 16 2000: Portugal 5-1 Lithuania
Portugal vs Lithuania Stats
- Lithuania have lost 12 of their last 13 matches
- Both teams have scored in eight of Lithuania’s latest 11 games
- Portugal have kept only two clean sheets in their last seven matches
Portugal vs Lithuania Match Preview
Portugal have been second best in Euro 2020 Qualifying Group B to the Ukraine, but will surely cement the runner’s-up berth by beating Lithuania on Thursday.
The reigning European champions cannot finish top of the table after losing 2-1 away to the Ukraine last time out when even Cristiano Ronaldo’s 95th international goal was not enough to save them from defeat.
It means Portugal are only one point ahead of Serbia, who host Luxembourg on Thursday. The likelihood is that the race for automatic qualification will go down to Sunday’s final games, in which Portugal are away to Luxembourg while Serbia host the Ukraine.
In any case, the Portuguese, as Nations League winners, will be top seeds if they have to go into the play-offs, while Serbia could find themselves competing directly with Scotland in March for a place in next summer’s tournament.
But of more immediate concern to Fernando Santos’ side is winning against Lithuania, as they did in Vilnius two months ago when Ronaldo helped himself to four goals in a 5-1 mauling.
However, the 34-year-old superstar has been somewhat off-colour in his last few games for Juventus, perhaps affected by a knee injury, and it will be interesting to see whether he is risked in this match.
Whether Ronaldo is rested or not, Portugal should again be far too strong for Lithuania, although the ‘both teams to score’ records of these teams in recent times (see stats above) suggest there may not be a clean sheet kept at this venue just outside Faro.
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Portugal vs Lithuania Betting Tips
Portugal -3 on the handicap @ 11/10 with Paddy Power
Portugal to win and both teams to score @ 3/1 with BetVictor