World Cup qualifiers – Portugal vs North Macedonia
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World Cup qualifiers – Portugal vs North Macedonia: Prediction
Both teams have been involved in high scoring games in their last few fixtures. While the hosts have scored 17 goals in the first round of the qualifiers, their opponents have scored 23. Hence expect a high scoring fixture.
Portugal, despite conceding the fewest goals, in their group in the previous round of the qualifiers, have failed to keep a clean sheet more often than not. Therefore, expect both teams to get on the score sheet.
World Cup qualifiers – Portugal vs North Macedonia: Betting tips
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.73 odds.
Both teams to score @ 2.80 odds.
Pre-match press conference
Portugal coach, Fernando Santos: “We need to show the same respect to North Macedonia that we would to Italy.
“I told you before we could be playing them, those games are not a joke, it’s like a final and anything can happen.
“You have to face it with the focus and concentration that it deserves.
“A team that goes to Italy and beats the European champions doesn’t need introductions.”
North Macedonia coach, Blagoja Milevski: “North Macedonia are obviously not the favorites for this game, but we have our qualities and it’s not by chance that we’re here. We’ll see what happens and it’s not even worth talking about the great quality of Portugal, which has known players worldwide and that can make a difference at any time. We will be up to the challenge, I’m sure of that, because we didn’t come here for tourism, but to do our best and win.
“Nobody ever expected Macedonia to be in this playoff, but we’re not going to waste this opportunity. The message I’ve already given to the players is to enjoy this special moment that they’re going to have, to make the most of it, because it’s not every day that is in a game of this importance.
“We won against one of the best teams in the world, Italy, the reigning European champions, on the road.
“We will not stop here, another final step is waiting for us to reach the World Cup. And we are on track to confirm why we are among the 20 best teams in Europe.”