Portugal will lock horns with North Macedonia in the Path C final encounter of the FIFA World Cup 2022 European qualifiers at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto, Portugal on Wednesday, March 30. The match will start at 12:15 AM IST.
Portugal vs North Macedonia odds for FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers
North Macedonia: 16.00
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Portugal vs North Macedonia recent form
Under the tutelage of head coach Fernando Santos, Portugal head into the playoff clash after defeating Turkey 3-1 in the Path C semi-final of their FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers. The Cristiano Ronaldo-led side rode on goals from Otavio, Diogo Jota and Matheus Nunes to secure a convincing win while Burak Yilmaz netted the consolation goal for Turkey.
On the other hand, North Macedonia stunned European champions Italy 1-0 in their Path C semi-final encounter at Renzo Barbera on Friday. North Macedonia forward Alexander Trajkovsky scored the match-winning goal in the 92nd minute to knock Italy out of the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers.
Portugal: W, L, D, W, W
North Macedonia: W, W, W, L, W
Portugal vs North Macedonia head-to-head
Portugal and North Macedonia have faced each other twice previously, with the former winning one while the other match ended in a goalless draw.
Portugal vs North Macedonia prediction for FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers
With the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Diego Jota and Bruno Fernandes in their ranks, Portugal will start as favourites against North Macedonia in the FIFA World Cup 2022 playoff final. However, considering North Macedonia knocked out reigning European champions in their last match, we can’t rule out them punching above their weight and beating the star-studded Portugal side on Wednesday.
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