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            Liechtenstein vs Portugal Preview, Tips & Stats

            Rheinpark Stadion hosts Liechtenstein and Portugal in matchday nine of the UEFA Euro Qualifiers. Portugal have long since qualified and merely look to increase their lead at the top of the group, but Liechtenstein will be looking to grab a single point for their campaign.

            Liechtenstein currently sit rock bottom of Group J after eight games. In those eight games, Liechtenstein have been on the losing side eight times, which leaves them on zero points and nine points from the nearest side Bosnia and Herzegovina.

            In their last five games in all competitions, Liechtenstein have five losses. Denis Vavro scored in the added time of the first half with the only goal of the game for Slovakia in their 1 - 0 win over Liechtenstein. Liechtenstein had just 23% of the possession but an equal four shots on target. Liechtenstein were on the scoresheet against Bosnia and Herzegovina through Sandro Wolfinger, however, a goal from Edin Dzeko and an own goal by Simon Luchinger gave Bosnia and Herzegovina the 2 - 1 win.

            Back against Slovakia, Liechtenstein were still on the losing side. David Hancko breached the Liechtenstein defence after just a minute, and the lead was doubled just two minutes later. In fact within six minutes of this match Liechtenstein were 3 - 0 down, with Robert Mak grabbing the third goal. Liechtenstein could only manage one shot, and none on target in the 3 - 0 win for Slovakia. Amar Rahmanovic and Miroslav Stevanovic both scored in the 2 - 0 win for Bosnia and Herzegovina in which the winners had 23 shots with 13 on target and Liechtenstein had two shots with one on target.

            The last time out for Liechtenstein was against Iceland. Gylfi Sigurdsson grabbed a brace and was joined on the scoresheet by Alfro Finnbogason and Hakon Arnar Haraldsson in the 4 - 0 win for Iceland.

            Portugal, on the other hand, sit top of Group J. In eight games, Portugal have eight wins which leaves them on 24 points, eight points ahead of second place Slovakia. Portugal have been completely dominant, having only conceded two goals in eight games and scoring 32.

            In their last five games in all competitions, Portugal have five wins. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal of the game in the 89th minute in the 1 - 0 win for Portugal over a ten-man Iceland who had Willum Willumsson sent off in the 80th minute. Another 1 - 0 win came against Slovakia. This time Bruno Fernandes supplied the goal in a game where Portugal had seven shots on target in comparison to Slovakia’s two shots on target.

            All the goals came at once against Luxembourg. Goncalo Inacio, Ronaldo and Diogo Jota all grabbed braces and were joined by goals from Ricardo Horta, Fernandes and Joao Felix in the 9 - 0 win for Portugal. Goncalo Ramos and a Ronaldo penalty put Portugal in a 2 - 0 lead at halftime against Slovakia. However, Hancko got Slovakia back in the game in the 69th minute. Ronaldo scored again to restore the two goal cushion, and despite a late goal from Stanislav Lobotka, Portugal held on for a 3 - 2 win.

            The most recent outing for Portugal was against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ronaldo picked up yet another brace and was joined in the goals by Fernandes, Joao Cancelo and Felix in the 5 - 0 win for Portugal.

            Liechtenstein and Portugal have met just eight times in their histories, with the first meeting coming back in 1994. Portugal also dominate this fixture with seven wins whereas Liechtenstein have never beaten Portugal, but have drawn once back in 2004.

            Liechtenstein Team News

            Konrad Funfstuck will likely stick to his favoured 3 - 5 - 2 formation to try and make Liechtenstein as hard to break down as possible.

            Portugal Team News

            Roberto Martinez has a stacked side for this international break. Some of the big names include Ronaldo, Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Felix, Rafael Leao and the returning Pepe.