Last Updated on Oct 16, 2021 12:26 PM
Venue: Estadio Do Algarve
Portugal will meet Luxembourg on Tuesday in an attempt to reclaim first place in World Cup 2022 Qualifying Group A. They have won 4 of their 5 games here and will look to make it 4 wins on the bounce once this one is in the books. The visitors, on the other hand, have lost their last 2 Qualifiers and are all but out of the running for the World Cup.
At the weekend, Fernando Santos team cruised to a 3-0 friendly victory over Qatar, while Luxembourg was defeated 1-0 by group leaders Serbia.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the obvious choice among forwards in this match. Ronaldo has 3 goals in 4 matches in the Qualifiers and averages 7 shots per game. He also averages 1.5 key passes and has created 1 big chance.
Bernardo Silva can be a great midfield option for this one. The Manchester City midfielder has one goal and one assist so far in the Qualifiers while averaging 2.2 shots to go with 2 key passes per game.
Joao Cancelo is a great defensive pick as he contributes on both ends of the pitch. He has 2 assists to his name so far while averaging 1.6 key passes per game and has created 3 big chances as well. He also averages 2.2 interceptions per game to go with 2.4 tackles per game.
Gerson Rodrigues is the top scorer for Luxembourg and can be a good attacking pick. He has 3 goals and 1 assist in the Qualifiers so far and averages 3 shots per game to go with 1 key pass per game.
Danel Sinani can be a good midfield option as he has assisted twice in his 5 appearances. He averages 2.6 shots, 1.2 key passes, and 1.4 tackles per game as well.
For the defense, Mica Pinto can be a solid option. Pinto is one of 3 goal scorers for Luxembourg in the Qualifiers and also averages 1.3 interceptions to go with 2.3 tackles per game.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo: Ronaldo is easily the best captaincy option for this match and it’s a no-brainer. He scored twice in his last competitive outing for Portugal and has 7 goals in his last 7 games for club and country in competitive action.
2. Bernardo Silva: Bernardo Silva is a decent vice-captaincy pick here with the Manchester City midfielder averaging 2.2 shots per game to go with 2 key passes per game in the Qualifiers. He also scored in his last outing in the Qualifiers.
3. Gerson Rodrigues: Gerson Rodrigues is the top scorer for Luxembourg with 3 goals and one of them came against Portugal in the reverse fixture. He also has a goal and an assist in his last 2 games in the Qualifiers.