On Thursday Night, Portugal will look to open their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with a victory as they welcome Liechtenstein to the Estadio Jose Alvalade.Portugal form guide
The Selecao will go into this clash with Roberto Martinez as their head coach for the first time. The Spaniard has been hired on the back of two defeats in their last three games against South Korea and Morocco. The latter saw Portugal exit the World Cup at the final eight stage.
One big plus for Portugal starting their qualification campaign is that they have thrived in European Championships qualifiers of late, winning five of their last six games. They have also scored at least two goals in all five of the recent qualifying victories.
The Selecao are unbeaten in their previous seven home qualifiers for the Euros, having recorded five victories.Liechtenstein form guide
As one of the minnows of the world game, Liechtenstein faces a battle to gain anything every time they go out onto the pitch. That status is reflected by the fact that the visitors have lost their last 13 international games. They have also not won in their previous 25 international matches, dating back to October 2020.
Unsurprisingly, Liechtenstein has also conceded at least two goals in 12 of their last 13 international matches. At the other end of the pitch, the visitors have failed to score in 11 of their previous 12 games.
Liechtenstein has failed to win in their last 15 European Championship qualifiers, having also suffered three straight games in qualifying. They have also suffered defeat in 12 of their last 14 qualifiers.
On their travels in qualifying, Liechtenstein has lost six of their last seven matches qualifiers away from home.What am I backing?
I cannot back anything other than a big home win. If you are looking for slightly longer odds, back over 3.5 goals scored.