Expect Portugal to give Andorra a tonking on Friday night, live on Sky Sports 2.
Portugal v Andorra - Friday 19:45, Sky Sports 2
Euro 2016 Champions Portugal haven’t had the best of times since their Euro 2016 triumph as they were beaten 2-0 in Switzerland in their opening World Cup qualifier, suffering an understandable hangover after their miraculous victory in Paris. However, they should get back to winning way against lowly Andorra, who last won a game all the way back in 2004.
Portugal have in fact lost three of their last seven home games, but each of those defeats came in friendlies while their home record in competitive matches since 2011 is W10-D2-L1. As they were at the Euros, the Portuguese are generally strong defensively as seven of these 10 wins were without conceding.
Indeed, Andorra have managed just one goal in their last nine games and only one in their last 18 road games. According to our rankings, Portugal are 11th in the world and Andorra have lost and failed to score in all seven of their trips to top-25 ranked sides since 2006, conceding at least three goals in each of these defeats and five goals on average.
Portugal put five past Gibraltar in a home friendly after the Euros, despite Ronaldo not being in the side but the Real Madrid man will be back here and will no doubt view this as an excellent opportunity to pad his international goal statistics, so we’re backing him to net a hat-trick (no market up yet) and for his Portugal side to cover the -4 handicap, with the 5-0 correct score worth a punt at 8.0.