Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal begin their latest international break with a friendly against 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar in Algarve.
Portugal welcome 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar over to the Algarve Stadium for a friendly on Saturday evening.
Fernando Santos has announced plans to unleash Cristiano Ronaldo. Despite the match being only a friendly, the Portugal boss insists CR7 needs more game time after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer benched him in Manchester United’s last outing.
So, with this in mind, Ronaldo hopes to get back into rhythm as Portugal prepare for a World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg on Tuesday.
Facts and figures for Portugal vs Qatar
Facts are calculated for World Cup
- Portugal has won the last 3 matches in a row;
- Portugal unbeaten the last 5 matches in a row;
- Portugal has won the last 3 matches in a row at home;
- Portugal unbeaten the last 23 matches in a row at home.
- Qatar has won the last 4 matches in a row when playing away;
- Qatar has won in the last 4 of 5 matches when playing away;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Qatar’s last 4 when playing away matches in the row;
- Qatar scored the last 5 matches in a row when playing away.
Form Portugal vs Qatar
Navigators aim to keep strong form going.
Portugal enter this match on a really fine note in recent weeks. In their 3 final outings, Fernando Santos’ side achieved a 2-1 win against Ireland and went on to a 3-1 win against Qatar. Their latest game produced a 3-0 win against Azerbaijan.
World Cup hosts performing to expectations.
Results have been pretty much up to scratch in recent matches for Qatar, who have performed more or less according to expectations. In their 3 final outings, Félix Sánchez’s side achieved a 4-0 defeat against Serbia and went on to a 3-1 defeat against Portugal. Their latest game produced a 1-1 draw with Luxembourg.
Portugal vs Qatar – Fixture history
The last time the pair played each other, Portugal came away as winners back in September 2021 in a match in the World Cup.
At the time of writing, the bookmakers are offering the following prices on this encounter. A win for Portugal pays out at 1.20, the best price for a draw is 6.50, while an away win for Qatar gets you odds 9.50.
Portugal enter the match against Qatar with a 1-0-0 record in their previous 1 encounter in the World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo hopes to add to his record tally of 111 international goals. It’s not clear yet what his role will be against Qatar, but it’s clear Fernando Santos intends to give his captain a handful of minutes and opportunities to score again. As for Qatar, Abdulaziz Hatem has been their most prolific marksmen in recent outings.