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Iceland vs Portugal betting tips: Euro 2024 qualifier preview, predictions, team news and odds

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Iceland vs Portugal match preview

Portugal have never ended a qualification campaign with maximum points, but are well on their way to changing that fact in 2023.

On Saturday night, A Seleção swatted aside Bosnia 3-0 at Estádio da Luz, with Bernardo Silva breaking the deadlock on the cusp of half time, before Bruno Fernandes bagged a late brace in Lisbon.

This made it thee wins out of three for Roberto Martínez since taking over, having overseen a 4-0 hammering of Liechtenstein and a 6-0 demolition in Luxembourg back in March.

Os Navegadores have qualified for all 12 major tournaments this century and, in an otherwise weak Group J, Portugal were always likely to cruise through.

Iceland are hoping to join Portugal at next summer’s European Championships, although their hopes seem slim.

In Åge Hareide’s first game in charge on Saturday, they were beaten 2-1 by Slovakia in Reykjavík, despite equalising via Alfreð Finnbogason’s penalty in first half stoppage time.

Overall, Iceland have won only three of their last 22 competitive fixtures, all of these wins coming against a pretty abysmal Liechtenstein.

The Nordic nations are guaranteed a Euro 2024 play-off place, but will be going into it with no momentum or confidence at all.

An away win seems likely at Laugardalsvöllur.

Iceland team news

Alfreð Finnbogason bagged his 16 international goal on Saturday, scoring Iceland’s first-ever World Cup goal against Argentina in 2018, so can he find another massive goal here?

Goalkeeper Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson, who’s still on Arsenal’s books, will earn his 24th cap, keeping just one competitive clean sheet so far.

Portugal team news

Nuno Mendes, William Carvalho and Matheus Nunes have all not been called up for this squad.

Since taking over, Roberto Martínez has switched to a back three, with wing-backs Raphaël Guerreiro and João Cancelo thriving in their new, more attacking roles.

Diogo Costa was back in goal on Saturday, having taken over from Rui Patrício as the number one.

Midfielder Rúben Neves provided an assist for Bruno Fernandes against Bosnia, but is set to join Saudi side Al Hilal, so how will this effect his international career?

One man already in Saudi Arabia of course is Cristiano Ronaldo.

Here, he’ll become the first man to reach 200 international caps, seeking to add to his 122 goals for Portugal, one of which came against Iceland, this coming 13 years ago.

Euro 2024 qualifying Group J table

Euro 2024 qualifying Group J results and fixtures


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