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Portugal - Azerbaijan Preview: Seleccao seeking three more points in Braga

Portugal - Azerbaijan Preview: Seleccao seeking three more points in Braga

Cristiano ronaldo in Portugal Training camps

The Euro 2012 semi-finalists will be targeting for another win, but a far more impressive performance, after kicking off their campaign with a laboured 2-1 victory in Luxembourg

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

PORTUGAL

Rui Patricio
Pereira, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Coentrao
Moutinho, Meireles, Veloso
Ronaldo, Postiga, Nani

AZERBAIJAN

Agayev
Allahverdiyev, Medvedev, Abisov, Sadygov 
Sukurov, Chertoganov, Gokdemir
Subasic, Aliyev, Javadov


Portugal boss Paulo Bento is expected to name an uncharged starting lineup for Tuesday night's 2014 World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan.

The Seleccao kicked off their Group F campaign with a distinctly underwhelming 2-1 victory over Luxembourg, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Helder Postiga replying to Daniel da Mota's early opener.

However, in spite of the paucity of the performance, Bento is set to keep faith with the 11 he fielded at the Stade Josy Barthel.

That means that Postiga will again occupy the central striking role, with Nelson Oliviera again forced to make do with a seat on the bench.

In addition, right-back Joao Pereira and midfielder Miguel Veloso will get a chance to make amends for dismal performances against Luxembourg.

Meanwhile, it will also be a case of same again for Azerbaijan, with coach Berti Vogts likely to field the same players that held Isreal to a highly creditable 1-1 draw in their opening game last Friday.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Portugal boss Paulo Bento is poised to name the same starting lineup for the seventh time in eight games.
  • The Seleccao's opponents in Braga, Azerbaijan, are ranked joint-107th in the world, one place below Luxembourg.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo's strike against Luxembourg means he has now racked up 39 goals in 97 appearances for his country.
  • These two nations have met on four previous occasions, having been drawn in the same qualification group for Euro 2000 and Euro 2008.
  • Portugal routed Azerbaijan 7-0 in their first meeting, in Guimaraes in March 1999, but they needed a last-minute equaliser from Luis Figo to snatch a 1-1 draw in Baku six months later.
  • The Seleccao, though, won both games during the Euro 2008 qualifiers, winning 3-0 at home, with Cristiano Ronaldo netting a double, and 2-0 away.
  • Azerbaijan have yet to qualify for a major tournament since securing their independence in 1991.

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12Rui PatricioGoalkeeper
2Bruno AlvesDefender
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
21João PereiraDefender
3PepeDefender
8Joao MoutinhoMidfielder
4Miguel VelosoMidfielder
17NaniStriker
16Raúl MeirelesMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
23Hélder PostigaStriker
22BetoGoalkeeper
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13Ricardo CostaDefender
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