Info of Guangzhou Fuli FC vs Changchun Yatai

Guangzhou City welcome Changchun Yatai to the Yuexiushan Stadium on Friday in round six of the 2022 Chinese Super League season.

Both teams will be looking to get back to winning ways in this one having failed to come away with all three points last time out.

Match preview

Guangzhou City’s downward spiral continued in Monday’s meeting against Zhejiang Professional as they suffered a fifth straight defeat.

Jean-Paul van Gastel’s men conceded four unanswered goals inside the opening 50 minutes to Jin Cheng, Donovan Ewolo and Franko Andrijasevic before Gong Zhang and Tixiang Li halved the deficit with two late strikes.

With no points picked up from their five outings this term, the Blue Lions remain rooted to the bottom of the standings but can count themselves lucky to be only three points adrift of safety at the moment.

Next up is the challenge of an opposing side who came out on top in each of the last three clashes between the teams by an aggregate score of 8-2.

Having lost three straight home games prior to Friday’s encounter, the hosts will be aiming to arrest their slump in form and get their season up and running.

Changchun Yatai had to make do with a point for the third time in four matches following a goalless draw against Henan Songshan Longmen at the Development Area Stadium on Monday.

In what was a fairly even contest, Chen Yang’s men failed to find the breakthrough despite having just about the better chances on the day.

Nonetheless, the Jilin-based outfit have moved up to 10th place in the league table, albeit now a whopping seven points shy of current leaders Wuhan Three Towns and Shanghai Shenhua.

Still yet to win on the road since the turn of the year, Friday’s visitors set out to heap more misery on their hosts and secure a much-needed three points.

Team News

Twenty-year-old Zhuoxuan Li will be pushing to reclaim his place in the starting XI after he was dropped to the bench in Guangzhou’s last outing against Zhejiang.

Despite failing to find the back of the net in the aforementioned game, Hong Gui racked up his second assist of the season and has now been directly involved in two-thirds of his side’s total goals this term.

Tan Long will be looking to deliver the goods for Changchun once again having grabbed a game-winning hat-trick in the last edition of this fixture.

However, the Chinese forward has had little luck in front of goal ever since and now would be as good a time as any to get back on the scoresheet.

Guangzhou City possible starting lineup:
Cheng; Fu, Yi, Jiang; Huang, Zhang, Wang, Zhang; Chen, Gui, Li

Changchun Yatai possible starting lineup:
Wu; Sun, Okore, Han; Liao, Tudi, Zhang, Rao; Tan, Negao, Erik

Info of Sao Paulo vs Palmeiras

Three days after facing each other in a heated Brasileiro Serie A fixture, arch-rivals Sao Paulo and Palmeiras will do battle in the opening leg of their round of 16 Copa do Brasil clash at Estadio Cicero Pompeu de Toledo on Thursday.

Palestra scored twice in the final few minutes Monday, stunning Tricolor Paulista 2-1 and extending their unbeaten run in all competitions to 19 straight games.

Match preview

Marquinhos celebrates scoring for Sao Paulo in October 2021

Sao Paulo looked poised to win consecutive home games but lost their focus at the most inopportune time, moving down to ninth in the table after losing a second straight domestic encounter.

That was the fifth time in their previous seven domestic contests in which they had failed to hold a second-half advantage, having squandered 13 points from winning positions since May.

After a pair of solid defensive outings in the first two rounds of this competition, Rogerio Ceni’s men reacted well in the second half of their opening third-round fixture versus Juventude, erasing a two-goal deficit, earning a 2-2 draw heading home where they won 2-0 in the return matchup.

The club from the Morumbi district are successful when their defensive midfielders can control and dictate possession, while they rely heavily on their attack-minded players to be adaptive in defensive transitions.

Soberano have made it into the last 16 of this competition for a fourth successive time, advancing beyond this point in each of their previous two campaigns.

In 2022, Sao Paulo have won 15 of their 20 home games played in all competitions, collecting 11 clean sheets, with a mere two losses.

Since the beginning of the year, Palmeiras have shown they will be a tough side to beat, and lately, no one has managed to do so.

Abel Ferreira and his team last suffered a defeat on April 9, 3-2 to Ceara, scoring four winning goals since then with fewer than 10 minutes remaining.

Every time they need to adjust or react, Verdao have been able to do so, erasing a 1-0 deficit in their opening third-round leg versus Juazeirense to earn a 2-1 victory and winning by that same score in the return match, thanks to an 83rd-minute penalty.

Ferreira is full of tactical surprises that tend to catch opposing coaches off guard and make them think, while his players are intelligent enough to apply minor tweaks in the middle of a game.

Palestra are rarely in a hurry to win the ball back when out of possession and have been content to defend deep, waiting for the right moment to strike.

Even though they rarely lose a 50-50 duel, their deep defensive setup can sometimes take a toll on them physically given how much space they need to cover, leading to fatigue in the late stages of an encounter, as their goalkeeper Weverton has been called upon to save the day on multiple occasions.

Team News

Robert Arboleda notched a goal for Sao Paulo in each of their third-round fixtures versus Juventude, Reinaldo scored the equaliser in leg one of that tie, while Igor Vinicius netted in the return match and Jandrei picked up a clean sheet.

Patrick has two goals in his last two home games, giving his side the lead versus Palestra until the latter stages this week, while Diego Costa and Eder have each tallied once at this year’s Copa do Brasil.

Jonathan Calleri, who leads the league in goals with nine, continues to search for his first in this competition, and is without a strike in his previous three domestic contests.

Sao Paulo are still without Nikao and Gabriel Sara with ankle problems, Alisson has not recovered from his sprained knee, while Luan and Andres Colorado have thigh injuries.

Goals from Gustavo Gomez and Murilo six minutes apart helped them earn a victory over Tricolor Paulista on Monday, enabling them to remain in first, three points clear of Corinthians.

Four different players found the back of the net for the reigning two-time Copa Libertadores champions in the third round of this tournament, including Danilo, Raphael Veiga, Breno Lopes and Gustavo Scarpa, while Ze Rafael and Rafael Navarro have each tallied one assist.

Marcos Rocha and Veiga are nursing thigh issues, Jorge has a problem in his knee and Jailson is out for the remainder of the campaign with an ACL injury.

Sao Paulo possible starting lineup:
Jandrei; Leo, Arboleda, Costa; Maia; Vinicius, Reinaldo, Neves, Nestor; Calleri, Patrick

Palmeiras possible starting lineup:
Weverton; Jorge, Kuscevic, Gomez, Mayke; Danilo, Menino; Wesley, Scarpa, Lopes; Rony

Info of Incheon United vs Gangwon FC

Gangwon go into Wednesday’s K-League 1 match versus Incheon United winless in three straight matches. The Kodiaks are second from the bottom of the standings and desperately need a win to move away from the relegation places.

Incheon United are fifth in the 12-team league. The Mariners are in a good position in the standings, but they are not in good form. Incheon United failed to win five of their last six matches in the K-League 1.

Manager Jo Sung-hwan needs to find a win against Gangwon at home in midweek.

Wins against Gangwon have not always been forthcoming for Incheon United. The Mariners have a record of 2W-1D-3L across the last six encounters.

The good news for Jo is that Incheon United are unbeaten in back-to-back matches versus Gangwon.

Last season, the Mariners claimed a 1-1 draw away to Gangwon. Earlier this season, the Mariners went to Gangwon again and won 1-0.

The reverse fixture saw Kim Jun-Yub scored in the 87th minute to give Incheon United the win.

The last five games between these Korean rivals have been close with under 2.5 goals scored. Based on form, there could be more goals on Wednesday in Incheon, however.

Incheon United saw three of their last five games end with more than 2.5 goals.

Last time out, the Mariners lost 2-1 to Jeju United. Two of Gangwon’s last three matches finished with over 2.5 goals scored. The Kodiaks were beaten 3-1 by Pohang Steelers at the weekend.

Both Incheon United and Gangwon are in similar form despite being separated by nine points in the table. The Mariners picked up five points from the last six games with a –3-goal difference. Gangwon picked up five points from the last six games with a goal difference of –6.

Incheon United’s home form could come into play on Wednesday. The Mariners have a record of 3W-4D-2L at home with nine goals for and eight against. Gangwon’s road form has been atrocious. The Kodiaks have an away record of 0W-4D-3L with six goals for and 12 against.

The Mariners have scored 18 goals this season with 11 of those strikes coming from striker Stefan Mugosa. The Montenegrin has played 129 times for Incheon United, scoring 65 goals.

Gangwon have scored the league’s second-fewest goals. Kim Daewon leads the side in scoring with five strikes.

Incheon United are unbeaten in back-to-back games versus Gangwon and should post a second win of 2022 versus the Kodiaks. The Mariners should pick up a 2-1 victory at home and potentially move into the top four.

Info of Sao Paulo vs Palmeiras

One of the most bitter rivalries in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A will take place on Monday as Sao Paulo host Palmeiras at Cierco Pompeu de Toledo in the first Choque-Rei derby of this domestic campaign.

Verdao are top of the table, unbeaten in their last 18 matches in all competitions, while Sao Paulo fell further behind in their quest to catch them on Thursday, dropping a 1-0 decision to Botafogo.

Match preview

A failure to win on the road in this domestic campaign has kept Sao Paulo from contending for the title, currently seven points back of first place following their defeat this week.

Unlike their rivals Palmeiras, Tricolor Paulista like to be in possession and build from the back, though it has not always produced the desired results, as they only managed two efforts on target versus Botafogo, despite having the ball for 68% of the match.

With their road record hampering them, Rogerio Ceni’s men have had to be nearly perfect at home to remain near the top of the table, and they have achieved more favourable results in Morumbi, unbeaten in this domestic campaign, winning four of their five fixtures played there.

A crucial part of this team’s success at their famous stadium has been an ability to start quickly and get their fans into the game, scoring first in all but one of their home matches, with three of their opening goals coming before the 20-minute mark.

Sao Paulo have not beaten their cross-town rivals at home in this competition since 2017, though they are unbeaten in their last four domestic encounters against them.

The backline of this club are depended upon heavily to cover a lot of open space out wide, while adding an extra dimension to their counter-attacking play, making them a dangerous team to contend with in transition.

Since a surprise 3-2 defeat to Ceara in their opening Serie A encounter this year, Abel Ferreira and his side have been on the warpath, aiming to destroy everyone who stands in their way.

They have only allowed multiple goals in one contest since that blemish, though Palmeiras still won comfortably on Thursday against Atletico Goianiense, 4-2.

Ferreira likes his players to sit back with a more passive approach, waiting until the halfway line before defending with much more urgency.

While that tactic might make it easier for their opponents to get into the Palestra third of the field, rarely are there many great scoring chances in their box, with Verdao allowing the fewest goals after 12 matches in this domestic campaign (seven).

Their compact mid-block system has been a handful for other teams to adjust to, with Palmeiras creating their share of turnovers, while they have been particularly effective at pressuring goal-kicks.

They are not a heavily possession-based team, instead aiming to get the ball up the field as quickly as possible, often catching their opponents off guard with that style, scoring the most goals domestically in 2022 (23).

Team News

Gabriel Sara and Luciano scored the only goals in their previous domestic encounter against Palmeiras, winning 2-0 as their former first-choice goalkeeper Tiago Volpi made four saves to collect the clean sheet.

Sara and Nikao are out of the lineup with ankle injuries, Alisson has a sprained knee and Andres Colorado is nursing a thigh issue.

Jandrei has picked up two clean sheets at home for Sao Paulo so far this year, and Jonathan Calleri still leads Serie A with nine goals, despite failing to find the back of the net in his last two games.

A brace from Gustavo Gomez and goals by Ze Rafael and Gustavo Scarpa helped them get past Atletico Goianiense earlier this week as the Paraguayan skipper is now just one tally behind Rony for first on the team.

Marcos Rocha and Raphael Veiga are out with thigh injuries, Jailson will not return this season after tearing his ACL and Jorge is not expected back until next month at the earliest because of a problem in his knee.

Weverton saw his six-game shutout streak snapped on Thursday when his teammate Luan scored an own goal in the 29th minute, although he still leads the league when it comes to clean sheets with six.

Sao Paulo possible starting lineup:
Jandrei; Leo, Arboleda, Costa; Reinaldo, Nestor, Gomes, Nikao; Patrick; Calleri, Luciano

Palmeiras possible starting lineup:
Weverton; Gomez, Luan, Murilo, Piquerez; Danilo, Ze Rafael; Lopes, Scarpa, Wesley; Rony

Info of Pohang Steelers vs Gangwon FC

Pohang Steelers are fifth in the Korean K-League 1 ahead of Friday’s visit from Gangwon FC. The Steelers are midtable, but well off the pace for the K-League 1 title with 13 points separating them from first-place Ulsan Hyundai.

Gangwon FC are 10th in the table and fighting to get away from the relegation zone. Friday’s visitors have picked up 15 points from 15 games this season.

Gangwon FC head into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw with Suwon Samsung Bluewings last time around.

Pohang Steelers are unbeaten in their last two K-League 1 games. In the previous round, the Steelers drew 2-2 with Daegu FC away from home.

The Steelers have a solid head-to-head record against Gangwon FC in the teams’ last six meetings. Pohang have a record of 3W-2D-1L and are unbeaten in back-to-back games versus Gangwon FC.

Gangwon FC took just five points from their last six K-League 1 games. They scored a mere four goals and conceded nine times.

Pohang Steelers, on the other hand, took eight points from the last six matches. Steelers scored six goals and conceded five times across those fixtures. Pohang have been strong at home with a record of 3W-2D-1L on their own turf.

Gangwon FC’s away record has been weak with four points from six road games. All four points have come from draws on the road in 2022.

Pohang Steelers have scored the league’s fourth-most goals with 18. Heo Yong Joon leads the team in goals with five.

The forward will be counted on to get a goal against Gangwon to continue Pohang’s current unbeaten streak. Heo has tallied 28% of the team’s scoring.

Sin Jin Ho and Lee Seung Mo have combined for six assists. The midfield duo has been excellent at creating goals for the Pohang strikers.

Gangwon FC are led in scoring by Kim Daewon with five goals. The visitors have scored the K-League 1’s third-fewest goals this term with just 14.

Meanwhile, the defence has allowed the fourth-most goals with 19. Gangwon FC failed to score in two of their last six games.

At the moment Gangwon FC occupy the relegation playoffs in the standings. A win against Pohang Steelers could take them out of the bottom three.

However, Pohang Steelers are on a good run of form and should post a win against Gangwon FC at home. Steelers should collect a win to nil with the game ending 2-0.

Info of Botafogo RJ vs Sao Paulo

Current title contenders Sao Paulo have a chance to capture their first road victory of this Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A campaign when they head to Estadio Olimpico Nilton Santos to face relegation-threatened Botafogo on Thursday.

Fogo are winless in their previous five domestic encounters, while Tricolor Paulista have points in nine straight league contests and are sitting in third.

Match preview

At the moment, times are tough for the newly-promoted club from Rio, who have dropped four consecutive matches, sliding down into the final relegation position with 12 points.

Losing to the likes of Palmeiras can be understood, given their talent and top-flight experience, but Botafogo have failed to earn any points versus teams near them in the table, as three of their last four defeats have come against sides who were with them in Serie B a season ago (Coritiba, Goias and Avai).

Despite having the bulk of the possession over their current four-game losing streak, they have not been able to find that finishing touch, without a goal in three of their last four league matches.

Manager Luis Castro has reiterated that he does not intend to make drastic changes to the team’s tactics or formation despite their recent struggles, instead calling on his players to increase their intensity and competitive attitude.

From the outset of this Serie A campaign, Castro has called his side a construction project which they need to keep building over the next few years by remaining in the first tier.

Their offensive approach has not been effective in recent matches due to a lack of duels being won in the final third and middle of the field, which their boss has vowed to address.

Sao Paulo continue to find ways to pick up points, as they remained unbeaten at home this year thanks to a 1-0 triumph over America Mineiro this past weekend.

Rogerio Ceni has employed a unique approach which focuses on overloading the middle of the field with skilled players who are vital in transition.

This strategy has worked well because of the talent that we have seen from their forward players, along with a tireless work rate, which has allowed them to cover spaces when out of possession.

While they have not conceded much defensively, it seems as though there is a heavy dependence on Jonathan Calleri to score, as they have not had as many secondary contributors to this point of the season.

Sitting four points behind the league leaders Palmeiras at this stage of the season is an improvement from where they were in 2021 under previous boss Hernan Crespo, when they only won two of their first 11 contests and were in early relegation danger.

Away from home, this team have had a hard time maintaining an advantage, failing to hold onto a second-half lead in their previous four road games, drawing Fortaleza, Corinthians, Avai and Coritiba by a 1-1 score.

Team News

Botafogo made two changes to their starting 11 against Avai on Monday, with Chay and Erison drawing into the squad in place of Lucas Fernandes and Renzo Saravia.

The team seems to be missing the presence of a solid number nine since their top goalscorer in Serie B last season, Rafael Navarro, moved to Palmeiras.

Erison and Diego are their leading contributors this year, with five and two tallies, respectively, while Daniel Borges leads them in assists with two.

Renzo Saravia missed their match on Monday through suspension, Diego Goncalves has not recovered from his thigh issue and Gustavo Sauer is out until late June with an ankle injury.

Patrick notched his first domestically for Sao Paulo on Sunday, while Jandrei stopped five shots, collecting his second clean sheet of the 2022 Brasileiro season.

After Calleri, Luciano is their next highest goalscorer, with three, well back of the Argentine, who leads the league with nine, while Eder, Rodrigo Nestor and Reinaldo all have one.

Alisson remains sidelined with a sprained knee, while Nikao and Gabriel Sara are still recovering from ankle injuries.

Botafogo possible starting lineup:
Fernandez; Saravia, Kanu, Cuesta, Hugo; Oyama, Chay; Lopes, Del Piage, Sa; Erison

Sao Paulo possible starting lineup:
Jandrei; Maia, Miranda, Leo; Luan; Nestor, Gomes, Reinaldo, Rafinha; Calleri, Luciano

Goias vs Internacional RS Preview

Goias is in a tough spot right now. According to the results of the past 11 rounds Serie A, this team managed to win 3, 5 matches were drawn, as well as suffered 3 defeats, which threw it to the 14 position in the championship. If you plunge into more detailed statistics, you can see that most often this team misses minutes of the match c 0-15 (6 goals). At the same time, on average, they missed at home on average stats.0.goals Against.home.value goals.

Being among the leaders of Serie A after 11 matches is not a bad achievement, since in general this tournament is very competitive, Internacional having won 4, having drawn 6 matches and having suffered 1 defeats, take the 4 position in the championship with 18 scored points. They play very active home games, scoring on average 1.6 goals per game. At the same time, they are most dangerous with 76-90 minutes, because they managed to score 3 goals.

The history of the teams head to head matches includes 26 matches. Goias was stronger than 9, but Internacional left the field as the winner in 13. 4 matches, games ended in a draw 4. The last face-to-face meeting was recorded by 11 January 2021. In that match, the score was 1:0. The difference between goals scored and conceded is: 29-36.

Info of Armenia vs Scotland 

Armenia and Scotland square off in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday evening with the two nations occupying the bottom spots in League B Group 1.

However, that does not tell the whole story, with the teams just three points adrift of leaders Ukraine and level on points with second-placed Republic of Ireland.

Match preview

When Scotland cruised to victory in the reverse fixture versus Armenia last week, it appeared that Steve Clarke’s side were back on track after their failure to qualify for the World Cup.

However, the Tartan Army were well beaten by Republic of Ireland in Dublin, the home nation dominating from start to finish to end their own disappointing run of performances.

The manner of the defeat was regarded as a genuine surprise, highlighting how far Scotland have recently improved, but Clarke has a tough job on his hands to galvanise his squad ahead of a long trip to Yerevan.

Since ending 2021 with six wins in succession, Scotland have prevailed in just one of their last five outings, that game being the 2-0 triumph over Armenia on June 8.

Clarke will expect his players to deliver a similar performance, but they have already witnessed the minnows of the group cause a surprise in recent games.

Arguably aided by the same humid temperatures which will be present on Tuesday, Armenia outlasted Republic of Ireland to open the group with a 1-0 win.

In the away double-header which has subsequently followed, Armenia have conceded five goals in setbacks against Scotland and Ukraine without troubling the scoresheet.

Nevertheless, Joaquin Caparros will be backing his players to inflict more misery on their next opponents having also posted a home win over Montenegro in a friendly this year.

Scotland will be making their first-ever trip to the country, last week’s contest representing the first clash between the nations.

Team News

Clarke will almost certainly ring the changes to his Scotland side, potentially dropping Andrew Robertson after an exhausting season with Liverpool.

Aaron Hickey could replace him at left wing-back, while Billy Gilmour and Stuart Armstrong will both expect to play in midfield positions.

Jacob Brown may get the opportunity to impress down the middle of the attack, replacing Che Adams, with John Souttar a likely inclusion in defence.

Armenia are expected to make at least one change after Artak Dashyan was forced off with an injury during the latter stages against Ukraine.

Vahan Bichakhchyan may be drafted into the starting lineup as his replacement, while Sargis Adamyan could be restored to the attack.

Armenia possible starting lineup:
Yurchenko; Ararat, Voskanyan, Mkrtchyan, Mkoyan; Hovhannisyan, Udo, Bayramyan; Bichakhchyan; Barseghyan, Adamyan

Scotland possible starting lineup:
Gordon; McKenna, Souttar, Hendry; Ralston, Gilmour, McTominay, Hickey; Armstrong, Christie; Brown

Info of Japan vs. Ghana

Japan and Ghana square off at the Misaki Park Stadium in the semi-final fixture of the 2022 Kirin Cup on Friday.

This will be the 21st edition of the international friendly football tournament, with the last one taking place in 2016. Japan were in the final of that edition, losing 2-1 to Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Ghana have been called up to the competition for the first time in their history and will be looking to make it to the final. Chile and Tunisia will be in action in the first semi-final on Friday.

While this is just a friendly game, it will be a good opportunity for both sides to get themselves ready ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals.

Japan vs Ghana H2H

  1. This will be the seventh meeting between the two sides across all competitions, with all games producing decisive results. Ghana have just two wins to their names against their Asian rivals, who have four wins in this fixture.
  2. Ghana have found the back of the net in all six games in this fixture but have been outscored 12-10 by Japan, who have failed to score in their two losses against Ghana.
  3. Japan have five clean sheets in their last 10 games across all competitions while the Black Stars have three shutouts in their last 10 games across all competitions.
  4. Both sides scored four goals in their two games in the ongoing international break ahead of this match.

Info of Portugal vs Czech

Portugal and the Czech Republic will both endeavour to continue their unbeaten starts to the 2022-23 UEFA Nations League in Thursday’s League A Group 2 encounter in Lisbon.

Fernando Santos’s side put four unanswered goals past Switzerland last time out, while their visitors impressively held Spain to a 2-2 stalemate.

Match preview

Back in the starting XI with a bang, Cristiano Ronaldo made it 116 and 117 international goals for himself to help his Portugal side teach Switzerland a footballing lesson on matchday two, as the Selecao ran out comfortable 4-0 winners.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner struck two goals either side of assisting William Carvalho’s opener and witnessing Joao Cancelo complete the job in the second half, and Portugal have their eyes firmly on the prize ahead of the third of four fixtures this month.

Santos’s side find themselves at the top of the League A Group 2 rankings on goal difference and know what it takes to go all the way in the Nations League after winning the inaugural edition three years ago, but they have bigger fish to fry in the form of the World Cup later this year.

Portugal have now lost just one of their 14 Nations League encounters since the tournament’s inception and welcome the Czech Republic to Switzerland having won six of their last seven at home in all competitions, but the visitors have already frustrated one Iberian nation.

Goals from Jakub Pesek and Jan Kuchta either side of a response from teenage starlet Gavi raised hopes of a famous win over Spain for the Czech Republic, but there was to be late heartache for the world’s 33rd-ranked nation in Prague.

A much-changed Roja outfit would level through Inigo Martinez’s header off the crossbar in the dying embers of the match to deny the Czech Republic all three points, but Jaroslav Silhavy’s side have still made quite the impression in League A early doors.

An opening-day win over Switzerland means that the Czech Republic sit second with four points from their first two fixtures, and Silhavy admitted after the draw with Spain that he “wouldn’t have imagined in my dreams” that his side would boast such a tally at this point.

The visitors can afford to focus all their efforts on success in the Nations League – or at least avoiding relegation to League B – after coming so close yet so far to qualifying for the World Cup, but they have conceded one goal in all five of their Nations League battles away from home so far.

Portugal and the Czech Republic have only ever met three times before – all of which came in European Championships – with the Selecao claiming a 3-1 win at Euro 2008 before a Ronaldo winner got them over the line by a goal to nil four years later.

Team News

Portugal boss Santos once again saw his side come through the encounter with Switzerland unscathed, but changes will certainly be in the offing despite such a rampant success on home soil.
Pepe’s 39-year-old legs may not be able to handle three starts in the space of a week, so Domingos Duarte could be presented with an opportunity in defence alongside Raphael Guerreiro.
Bernardo Silva and Rafael Leao will also pine for reintroductions after coming on as substitutes on matchday two, while Diogo Costa and Rui Patricio will continue their battle for the gloves.
In contrast, the Czech Republic lost left-back Jaroslav Zeleny to injury in the first half against Spain, and his replacement Jakub Jankto was also forced off during the half-time interval.
Silhavy is unsure of the severity of the duo’s injuries at this stage, but right-back Milan Havel ought to ready himself for an emergency stint on the opposite flank.
Bayer Leverkusen starlet Adam Hlozek will eye a return to the final third over Ondrej Lingr this week, with Pesek unlikely to drop out of the side given Silhavy’s recent crisis on the left flank.
Portugal possible starting lineup:
Patricio; Cancelo, Pereira, Duarte, Guerreiro; Moutinho, Palhinha, Fernandes; Silva, Ronaldo, Leao
Czech Republic possible starting lineup:
Vaclik; Mateju, Brabec, Zima; Coufal, Kral, Soucek, Havel; Hlozek, Kuchta, Pesek