On Wednesday, Portugal take on the Republic of Ireland in World Cup qualifying with the hosts being top of Group A.
Fernando Santos’ side have won seven points from a possible of nine, following 1-0 and 3-1 victories over Azerbaijan and Luxembourg, as well as a 2-2 draw away at Serbia where striker Cristiano Ronaldo was controversially denied a winning goal due to there being no goal-line technology in use.
Meanwhile, Stephen Kenny’s side have started their qualifying campaign for the World Cup in Qatar in shambolic fashion, losing 1-0 at home to Luxembourg before being comfortably beaten 3-2 away at Serbia, leaving their hopes in serious doubt.
The player in focus here is Manchester United bound forward Cristiano Ronaldo. The 36-year-old finished as the top scorer at Euro 2020 despite his side being knocked out in the Round of 16 by Belgium, scoring five and assisting one of Portugal’s seven goals at the tournament, seeing him priced at 8/5 to score first against the Republic of Ireland.