Portugal National team News
It's a battle of top versus bottom in Euro 2016 qualifying Group I on Saturday as leaders Portugal hope to tighten their grip on the pool after a clash against basement side Armenia.
Fernando Santos' men may be the travelling party this weekend, but after winning their last three qualification fixtures in succession, Portugal will feel confident of claiming a fourth.
We provide a full match preview for the encounter, along with viewing information and prediction of who will start in the Armenian capital of Yerevan.
Date: Saturday, June 13
Time: 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET
Venue: Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium, Yerevan
TV Info: Sky Sports 5 (red button, UK)Form Guide
|L 2-1 vs. Albania (A)||L 2-0 vs. Cape Verde (H)|
|L 1-0 vs. Portugal (A)||W 2-1 vs. Serbia (A)|
|L 3-0 vs. France (H)||W 1-0 vs. Argentina (N)|
|D 1-1 vs. Serbia (H)||W 1-0 vs. Armenia (H)|
|L 2-1 vs. Denmark (A)||W 1-0 vs. Denmark (A)|
Portugal boss Santos will serve the second—and last—of his two-match touchline suspension against Armenia, related to unsportsmanlike conduct toward a match official when in charge of Greece at the 2014 World Cup.
On a more positive note, the resurgent Ricardo Quaresma will start against Armenia on Saturday, according to Portuguese football expert Jan Hagen, who quotes the winger:
Quaresma is reported to start for Portugal vs Armenia on Saturday: "I can't even remember the last time I started a match[for Portugal]."— Jan Hagen (@PortuBall)
They are strong, defend well and go out on the break. We had many difficulties in the first game, but we're here to win. We have to be focused. It is a difficult time zone, which we are still getting used to. There are over three hours' time difference. I have difficulties, but that's not what will hamper the game.
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