International Friendly: Slovenia vs Portugal Preview & Lineups

 

Slovenia Aim to Spoil Portugal's Perfect Record in International Friendly

Slovenia will be looking to cause an upset when they host Portugal in an international friendly on Tuesday night. The match at Stadion Stožice serves as a chance for both sides to experiment and prepare for upcoming challenges.

Slovenia Seeking Redemption After Malta Stumble

The home team comes into the game on the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Malta in their last outing. Manager Matjaž Kek will be keen to see his side bounce back and put on a strong performance against a much higher-ranked opponent. Slovenia will be hoping to use their home advantage and passionate fans to get a positive result.

Portugal Eyeing 12th Straight Win Under Martinez

Portugal, on the other hand, are on a roll. Fernando Santos' successor, Roberto Martinez, has overseen a perfect record of 11 wins since taking charge. However, with a much-changed squad for this match, it will be interesting to see how the team gels and maintains their winning momentum. Key players like Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, and Cristiano Ronaldo have been rested, giving opportunities to fringe players to impress.

Predicted Lineups:

Slovenia (4-4-2): Oblak; Balkovec, Bijol, Drkusic, Stojanovic; Mlakar, Kurtic, Cerin, Horvat; Sesko, Sporar

Portugal (4-2-3-1): Rui Patrício; Dalot, Pepe, António Silva, Cancelo; Danilo Pereira, Rúben Neves, Vitinha; Otávio, João Félix, Cristiano Ronaldo

Players to Watch:

  • Benjamin Sesko (Slovenia): The young striker is highly sought after by top European clubs and will be looking to showcase his talent against a strong Portugal defense.
  • João Félix (Portugal): With Ronaldo rested, the Atletico Madrid forward has a chance to be the focal point of Portugal's attack and prove his worth to the national team.

A Close Encounter on the Cards?

Despite Portugal's superior ranking and recent form, Slovenia's desire to bounce back and their home advantage shouldn't be underestimated. This match could be a closer affair than many expect, with both sides looking to prove a point.

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