International Friendlies : Portugal vs Ireland Match Preview and Lineups

Portugal vs Ireland




Portugal vs Ireland


International Friendlies

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12:15 AM Indian Time
10:45 PM UAE Time


Estádio Municipal de Aveiro

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Prediction and Preview

Match Preview: Portugal vs. Ireland 

In their final preparatory match before Euro 2024, Portugal will face the Republic of Ireland in Aveiro on Tuesday night. Under the guidance of Roberto Martinez, Portugal aims to bounce back from a recent 2-1 loss to Croatia. Despite scoring through Diogo Jota after Luka Modric's penalty, Portugal conceded a decisive goal from Ante Budimir.

Portugal has faced a challenging spell, losing two of their last three friendlies, including a 2-0 defeat to Slovenia in March. However, they are keen to secure a positive result before opening their Euro 2024 campaign against the Czech Republic on June 18. In Group F, Portugal will also face Turkey and Georgia, and they are expected to advance to the knockout stages.

The team last won the European Championship in 2016 but had a disappointing exit in the round of 16 in Euro 2020. They made it to the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo, who was benched in the recent defeat to Croatia, is expected to start against Ireland, with other potential changes including Joao Cancelo, Jota, and Antonio Silva.

For the Republic of Ireland, interim manager John O'Shea will lead the team in this high-profile friendly. Ireland failed to qualify for Euro 2024, finishing fourth in their group. Their recent 2-1 friendly victory over Hungary ended a five-match winless streak, and they look forward to the 2024-25 UEFA Nations League in September.

Historically, Ireland has only qualified for three European Championships, last appearing in 2016. O'Shea might field the same lineup that defeated Hungary, with Adam Idah and Troy Parrott as key attacking options. Seamus Coleman is expected to captain the team, with Robbie Brady and Shane Duffy also likely to start.

This match offers Portugal a final chance to fine-tune their squad before Euro 2024, while Ireland looks to build momentum for future competitions.

Predicted Lineups

Portugal possible starting lineup: Costa; Cancelo, A Silva, Dias, Dalot; Fernandes, Palhinha, Vitinha; Bernardo, Ronaldo, Jota

Ireland possible starting lineup: Kelleher; Coleman, Duffy, D O'Shea; Doherty, Smallbone, Cullen, Brady; Azaz, Idah, Szmodics

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