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Slovakia vs Portugal

September 08, 2023

7:45 pm GMT+1

Slovakia vs Portugal match preview

Group J’s top two go head-to-head at Národný futbalový štadión, so who’s unbeaten record will continue?

For Portugal, Euro 2024 qualifying has been simply too easy so far, currently sat on maximum points.

Roberto Martínez’s reign began with a pair of emphatic victories in March, demolishing Liechtenstein 4-0 before a 6-0 drubbing at Stade de Luxembourg.

Then, in June, Bruno Fernandes’ brace downed Bosnia at Estádio da Luz, before Cristiano Ronaldo was the 89th minute hero in Reykjavík, his winner awarded following VAR review.

The Euro 2016 winners have qualified for every single edition of the European Championships since 1992, very much on course to extend that streak with plenty to spare.

Hosts Slovakia meantime are seeking to reach a third successive Euros and, after four fixtures, are currently well-placed to achieve this.

Francesco Calzona’s team were held to a goalless draw by Luxembourg in Trnava on opening night, but the Falcons have enjoyed three wins on the spin subsequently.

They’ve defeated Bosnia 2-0 in Bratislava, Iceland 2-1 at Laugardalsvöllur and then Liechtenstein 1-0 last time out, with Denis Vavro the only scorer at Rheinpark Stadion in June.

Slovakia host the group’s minnows on Monday and, ahead of decisive fixtures to come later in the year, anything they can accrue from this clash will be seen as a massive bonus.

Will Portugal’s perfect record in Group J continue at Tehelné pole?

Slovakia team news

Marek Hamšík came out of retirement to start in midfield against both Iceland and Liechtenstein in June, following an injury crisis, but there’s no suggestion he’ll be repeating that any time soon.

These days, Milan Škriniar is the captain, while Juraj Kucka will become the fifth Slovak to reach 100 caps.

In goal, Francesco Calzona has two Premier League number twos to choose from, namely Martin Dúbravka and Marek Rodák, neither of whom have played a lot of club football over the last year or so.

Portugal team news

40 year old Pepe, Raphaël Guerreiro, Renato Sanches and Matheus Nunes are all not in this squad.

Roberto Martínez has deployed a back three for all four matches since his arrival, set to continue with this system.

Despite plying his trade in Saudi Arabia, Cristiano Ronaldo will continue to lead the line; his 123 international goals have been scored against 47 different opponents, seeking to add Slovakia to this list.

Alongside, Portugal have an array of attacking talents, namely Bernardo Silva, Diogo Jota, João Félix, Rafael Leão, Bruno Fernandes, Gonçalo Ramos and more.

Elsewhere, Diogo Costa is likely to keep his place in goal, chosen over long-time number one Rui Patrício.

Euro 2024 qualifying Group J table

Euro 2024 qualifying Group J results and fixtures

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