Portugal – Denmark V Portugal

2nd September 2009 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions
World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions

 

Portugal

 

 

 

A dreadful qualifying campaign needs to be put right, urgently, with Portugal only managing to register nine points in their six outings in Group 1. They started in fine fashion, smashing Malta 4-0. However, matters took a serious turn for the worse after Denmark came from behind to beat Portugal 3-2 in the Portuguese capital – Lisbon. Portugal then went on to draw their preceding three qualifiers, all by a 0-0 scoreline.

 

Finally, after four attempts, Portugal did manage to win another qualifier, just their second thus far, and add a massive three points onto their less-than-impressive group tally. Not only did that 1-2 win in Albania bolster their chances of snatching a possible route to South Africa but it should also be a huge boost in confidence for the entire squad after some very lacklustre performances early on.

 

Portugal will be aiming to reach a feat they haven’t yet managed in qualifying, and that’s win back-to-back qualifiers.  They will be heading over to Denmark, currently the group leaders, and the Danes represent stiff opposition for the Portuguese manager, Carlos Queiroz. A team Portugal were beaten by earlier in qualifying, on Portuguese turf, so revenge could be the order of the day here although Portugal’s early performances would indicate that the Danes should have the upper hand, or will they?

 

The Portuguese players should be buoyed by their most recent success against the awkward Albanians, although, the simple fact that Portugal have managed just eight goals thus far doesn’t bode well with Hugo Almeida currently their top goalscorer in qualifying with just two measly goals.

 

 

Portugal Squad:

 

Goakeepers – Beto, Eduardo, Patricio

Defenders – Bosingwa, Bruno Alves, Castro. Miguel, Pepe, Carvalho, Rolando

Midfielders – Deco, Duda, Moutinho, Maniche, Miguel Veloso, Meireles, Tiago

Forwards – Ronaldo, Liedson, Nani, Nuno Gomes, Simao

 

 

 

 

Denmark V Portugal – Saturday, September 6th 19:00 GMT

 

 

Both Denmark and Hungary have taken advantage of a poor start from the Portuguese and lead Portugal by 7 and 4 points respectively. Denmark currently top the group with 16 points and a win over a resurgent Portugal would see them go within touching distance of a spot in the World Cup finals in South Africa. However, a win for Portugal would see them jump right back into contention and close the gap on leaders Denmark to four points.

 

Carlos Queiroz has recalled a few familiar faces for their huge clash with Group 1 leaders Denmark. Maniche and Nuno Gomes are two of the more recognised names recalled with both boasting vast amounts of International experience. However, Portugal have kept up their trend of calling up Brazilians by naming Sporting Lisbon forward, Liedson, in the squad for their forthcoming qualifiers.

 

The Portuguese league has been up and running for several weeks now so the likes of Moutinho, Miguel Veloso, Nuno Gomes & Liedson should all be match fit and raring to go. However, their more influential player and captain, Christiano Ronaldo, has played just one competitive game for Real Madrid and there will be doubts over his sharpness ahead of such an important game.

 

Chelsea fans might have one eye on this game with Ricardo Carvalho, Jose Bosingwa & Deco all likely to feature for Portugal, while Manchester United‘s Nani might play some part, also.

 

This is a game which Portugal must win, there is no ‘if’ or ‘buts’. Anything but a victory would all but scupper their chances of qualifying and provide a huge setback for Carlos Queiroz. They did extremely well to win in such a hostile environment in Albania but they must continue in the same fashion by winning back-to-back away qualifiers.

 

The problem with Portugal at the moment is their lack of quality strikers. They pass the ball around way too much and don’t provide the forward with enough chances. However, that could all change with Liedson now in the squad. He has the pace and intelligence to get behind the Danish back line and he will be a huge threat for Portugal when going forward.

 

 

Match Odds:

 

Denmark – 13/5 Bet365

Portugal – 5/4 totesport

Draw – 23/10 Coral

 

 

 

Matt’s Tip: Liedson to Score Anytime – 7/4 Bet365



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