World Cup Qualifier : All You Need To Know Before Andorra vs Portugal Match
Portugal are in a two-horse race to clinch top spot in Group B of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification and travel to Andorra on Saturday hoping to draw level on points with pool leaders Switzerland.
Tensions are reaching fever pitch for Portugal manager Fernando Santos, whose side sits three points below the Swiss with only two matches remaining.
Prior to those two teams clashing in what’s shaping up to be a Group B decider in Lisbon next Tuesday, however, Portugal need to beat Andorra if they’re to guarantee they’ll have a chance at finishing first.
The odds are certainly in their favour after dismantling Andorra 6-0 in the reverse fixture precisely one year ago on Saturday, but Santos and Co. will know their World Cup future is far from secure as things stand.
Match Details :
Date: Saturday, October 7
Time: 7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET/ 00:15 IST
Venue: Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella
Live Stream: Sky Go (UK), www.Ronaldo7.net
TV Broadcast : Sony Ten Network (India)
Team News :
In any case, Portugal are already guaranteed to at least finish second in Group B and should thus qualify for the play-off round, considering they’re currently top of the order among teams vying for that route to the World Cup.
But the reigning champions of Europe will feel they’re more deserving of an automatic place at Russia next year, and if Switzerland beat Hungary at home on Saturday, back-to-back wins is their only method of doing so.
Only Belgium (35), Germany (35) and Spain (32) have eclipsed Portugal’s goal tally of 28 during qualification, but the 2-0 loss suffered in the Swiss capital, Basel, last September sees Santos’ side uncertain about their future.
On paper, Andorra shouldn’t trouble their guests in the slightest. Of the 18 men named in manager Koldo Alvarez’s current squad, only four play outside their native land, and even then, Spain’s third division is the highest pedigree any player in the selection can boast.
Score Prediction : Portugal 2-0 Andorra.