Ireland vs Portugal (0-0) November 11, 2021 Preview and match statistics

Portugal hopes to regain top spot in Group A of the World Cup Qualifying when they face Ireland on Thursday night.

Cristiano Ronaldo and company. They are currently second in the group with 16 points taken in six games.

Serbia has played one more game and is one point ahead.

So far Portugal have only lost group points to Serbia in a match that ended 2-2 in March.

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Ireland, meanwhile, have won just one of their first six matches and are now proudly playing in Group A.

Anthony Lopes, Joao Mario and Rafa Silva are not on Portugal’s list due to injury.

Manchester City star Bernardo Silva was in the squad but has been ruled out due to injury. However, head coach Fernando Santos is confident that his player will return for the big game against Serbia this weekend.

Rui Patricio could start in goal behind the back of four of Joao Cancelo, Pepe, Ruben Dias and Nuno Mendes.

Bruno Fernandes, Joao Palhinha and Ruben Neves could form the midfield three, although Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho will push to start.

With Bernardo Silva out, there is a place in the three forwards up for grabs, and that could be taken by Andre Silva.

Ronaldo and Diogo Jota will be in the other places.

For Ireland, James Collins was recently replaced in the squad by Callum O’Dowda, but there is positive news for Stephen Kenny as Jayson Molumby and Alan Browne are back available after serving suspensions against Azerbaijan.

Gavin Bazunu should start in goal, with Andrew Omobamidele, John Egan and Shane Duffy on four defenses.

In midfield five we will see Matt Doherty, Jeff Hendrick, Josh Cullen, Browne and James McClean.

At the top, Adam Idah will likely be Callum Robinson’s partner.

Scheduled XI: Ireland v Portugal

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