Portugal are on the cusp of qualifying for the Euro 2024 finals. Roberto Martinez’s side sit atop of qualifying Group J with six wins in as many matches as they prepare to face second-placed side Slovakia on Friday evening. We preview this fixture by picking out some of the best markets available to punters.
Teenager Joao Neves has been called up to the Portugal senior squad for the first time by Roberto Martinez, following the Benfica star’s excellent start to the season. Bayern Munich left-back Raphael Guerreiro has been recalled to the team after recovering from an injury.
There are no fresh injury concerns for Portugal or Slovakia heading into Friday’s clash.
Portugal to win both halves @ 6/4
It was only last month when these two sides met. Portugal were the victors on that occasion, winning 1-0 in Bratislava. With the Selecao being on home soil this time around, they will be looking to deliver a glittering performance for their supporters, and one that they will hope features a few goals.
Although it was a narrow win over Slovakia last time they met, Portugal were unquestionably the better side, and that should boost their confidence for this home clash in Porto.
Portugal have scored a lot of goals in this qualifying campaign, with 24 scored in six matches. Four of those six matches have seen Portugal win both halves, and we are backing them to do so again on Friday.
Bruno Fernandes to score anytime @ 6/4
Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes may not be in the best form for his club right now but he is performing for his national team. The attacking midfielder has been a key figure in this qualifying campaign and has contributed four goals in six games, including the winner in the reverse fixture against Slovakia.
Fernandes always gets himself in promising positions to receive goalscoring opportunities, and he is always influential in moving the ball between the thirds. He is a handful to play against when he is on form, and sometimes unplayable. Slovakia will try and keep him quiet after he was the match-winner when they last met, but a player of his quality will make it very difficult to do so.