18:45 GMT 03 September 2017
With the first international break of the 2017/18 season comes more FIFA World Cup qualifiers for a place at next year’s tournament in Russia. One of the bigger ties sees Portugal make the trip to Hungary in Group B after Cristiano Ronaldo notched his 48th career hat-trick in a 5-1 win over Faroe Islands. The hosts are struggling to qualify as they sit third in the group with an eight-point gap between themselves and second-placed Portugal, who are three points behind the leaders, Switzerland.
Hungary have never beaten Portugal on the international stage, a run of seven games which dates all the way back to 1966. They have managed one draw while losing the other six, the draw came at the 2016 Euro’s and was one of the most entertaining matches at the tournament as it ended 3-3. The reverse qualifier saw Portugal win 3-0.
Head to head matches: Hungary - Portugal
Their convincing win over Latvia in their last match means they are unlikely to make any changes in this match. They might choose to go more defensive as a loss will end their hopes of qualification. The performance of Szalai will be vital if they want to take all three points in this one.
Latest matches: Hungary
A win for Portugal could see them go top of the group and will guarantee them at least second place. Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to play a big role and build on the 78 international goals he has also managed. Nélson Oliveira came off the bench and scored in their last game so he could start.
Latest matches: Portugal
Portugal are undoubtedly the strongest team in Group B and are expected to come away from this one with all three points and a few goals. For them to guarantee automatic qualification, they must win this game and then beat Switzerland. Hungary will be right up against it and must win to keep qualification hopes alive. A comfortable Portugal win is in the script, it’s very hard to see past that. Hungary will struggle and their hopes of the World Cup should be ended.
03 September 2017 - 18:45 GMT
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