Portugal take on the visitors Iceland in the round 10 match of group stage of UEFA Euro-2024 qualification. The match will be played on Sunday, November 19th at Estádio José Alvalade (Lisbon).
The Portuguese effortlessly sailed through the Euro qualifying cycle, confirming their status as the strongest team in their group. In nine matches, the "European Brazilians" secured nine victories with a goal difference of 34-2. Impressive! Some might argue that the hosts may not score many goals in the final qualification match as they lack tournament motivation. However, firstly, the Portuguese have already secured their place in the Euros, yet they continue to score and secure victories. Secondly, the team includes someone named Cristiano Ronaldo, who is competing with Lukaku for the title of the top scorer in the European qualifiers and has no qualms about boosting his statistics even against a team like Liechtenstein. In conclusion, throughout the current qualification, the Portuguese national team has not scored fewer than three goals on their home turf: 3-2 against Slovakia, 3-0 against Bosnia, 4-0 against Liechtenstein, and 9-0 against Luxembourg.
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Iceland completely failed in the Euro qualifying cycle. It was expected that the "Vikings" would be contenders for the second spot in the table and a ticket to Germany. However, in the end, representatives of Luxembourg competed with the Slovaks for the second place in the group. It was mentioned earlier that the Portuguese do not score fewer than three goals at home in the current Euro qualifying cycle. So, Iceland is defensively terrible away from home, excluding the match against Liechtenstein on their turf. Looking at the other away games, the "Vikings" suffered defeats against Bosnia and Herzegovina (0-3), Luxembourg (1-3), and Slovakia (2-4). It's unlikely that Iceland's goalkeeper will prevent Portugal, the best team in the group, from scoring less than three times.
Most likely, Portugal will put a bold end to their performance in the Euro qualification with a tenth victory based purely on class. Iceland does not inspire any confidence whatsoever. More than half of their goals during the current qualification were scored at home (19 out of 34). In contrast, the "Vikings" conceded 10 goals in four away matches, accounting for almost their entire total. Considering this and everything mentioned earlier, I expect at least three goals from the favorite in this match. My prediction is Over 2.5 goals for Portugal.
Prediction for the match: Portugal to score over 2.5 goals.