After losing 3-1 against Spain, Portugal will need to overcome Macedonia in their final group game to have any hope of reaching the European Under-21 Championship semi-finals.
With just one of the three group runners-up progressing to the final four in Poland, the Esperancas are available at 1/7 (1.14) with bet365 to give themselves their best shot of earning that right by collecting maximum points at the Stadion Miejski.
Already eliminated after taking just one point from their first two matches, Blagoja Milevski’s team are on offer at 16/1 (17.00) head home on a high after a shock victory.
Just one of the four previous meetings between the sides has resulted in a draw, but you can get odds of 13/2 (7.50) on them cancelling each other out in this one.
Having qualified for this competition on the back of a strong defensive record, it is fair to say that the Red Lions have been unable to cope with the step-up in quality. While they let in just seven goals in 10 qualifiers, the tournament minnows have conceded the same amount in just two fixtures against Spain and Serbia so far.
Considering Rui Jorge’s men outscored everyone but Germany en route to Poland with 34 goals in 10 qualifiers, they should feel confident of punishing their opponents’ defensive frailty in a match they must go all out to win.
However, considering they have also conceded seven times in their last four competitive fixtures, it would not come as a great surprise should that attacking approach be punished by a team playing with the freedom of having nothing to lose.
All in all, odds of 5/4 (2.25) seem generous on over 3.5 goals being scored for Macedonia’s third consecutive competitive game and fourth in five for Portugal.