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Scotland v Portugal

Scotland vs Portugal: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

16:00 BST 14/10/2018
Andre Silva Portugal
The Scots will be looking to improve after their defeat to Israel, while a Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal side will be buoyed after beating Poland

Scotland host Portugal at Hampden Park on Sunday as the visitors line up without Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese will instead look to Andre Silva to be their goalscoring inspiration, having already scored seven in La Liga for Sevilla so far this season

Scotland skipper Andrew Robertson is the man to watch for Scotland on Sunday as he looks to help guide the Scots to what would be an impressive victory over the Euro 2016 winners.

Game Scotland vs Portugal
Date Sunday, October 14
Time 5:00pm BST / 12:00pm ET
Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) 

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch

In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).

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US TV channel Online stream
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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Main Event and it can be streamed live online using the Sky Go. The game can also be followed live on Goal here.

UK TV channel Online stream
Sky Sports Main Event Sky Go

Squads & Team News

Position Scotland squad
Goalkeepers Gordon, A. McGregor, McLaughlin
Defenders Hendry, McKenna, O'Donnell, Robertson, Shinnie
Midfielders Armstrong, Forrest, McDonald, McGinn, C. McGregor
Forwards McBurnie, Naismith, Russell

Scotland boss Alex McLeish make half-a-dozen changes following their collapse against Israel, while he further switches formation to a 4-4-2 following the departure of Robert Snodgrass and Scott McTominay to their clubs after Thursday's defeat.

Celtic's Craig Gordon replaces Rangers rival Allan McGregor in goal, while the additional Bhoys pairing of Jack Hendry and James Forrest also come in, with Swansea's Oli McBurnie, Southampton's Stuart Armstrong and Aberdeen's Scott McKenna the other additions, with Charlie Mulgrew, John Souttar and Kieran Tierney all absent.

Scotland XI: Gordon; O'Donnell, McKenna, Hendry, Robertson; McGregor, Armstrong, McGinn, Forrest; McBurnie, Naismith.

Position Portugal squad
Goalkeepers Patricio, Beto, Ramos
Defenders Cedric, Neto, Cancelo, Rui, Dias, Rodrigues, Mendes
Midfielders Carvalho, Pereira, Sanches, Pizzi, B.Fernandes, Neves, Oliveira, G.Fernandes
Forwards Eder, A. Silva, Guedes, Costa, Bruma, R.Silva

Portugal are of course missing Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been omitted from selection for his country since the World Cup in Russia. Andre Silva is rested following his goal in the UEFA Nations League win over Poland though, meaning that Wolves forward Helder Costa makes his international debut up front.

Portugal XI: Beto; Cedric, Neto, Dias, Rodrigues; Danilo, Oliveira, Fernandes; Bruma, Eder, Costa.

Betting & Match Odds

Portugal are marginal favourites to win the match according to bet365, who price them at Evens. Scotland are considered a 29/10 bet to win at home and a draw is available at 9/4.

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Match Preview

Both sides are coming off the back of Nations League matches and, given the fixture at Hampden is a friendly, that could see both managers ring the changes as they take a look at some of the lesser-used members of their squad.

That could see Wolves winger Helder Costa given an opportunity to impress, while Bernardo Silva, who has featured prominently for Manchester City so far this season, is rested and has returned to the Premier League champions.

Cristiano Ronaldo will miss out too, with Fernando Santos having not included the Juventus star in his squad for what is the second round of international matches since the World Cup.

Alex McLeish is seemingly yet to decide on his best XI having taken the job in February 2018 and will hope to see better from his side after the 2-1 defeat away to Israel.

The Scotland boss claims there is nothing to look into regarding Tom Cairney's absence from the squad amid rumours of a tussle with England to gain his services at international level. The Fulham man has been capped twice by Scotland but remains eligible for England due to not having played a competitive fixture. 

"We contacted Fulham last week and at that moment they said Tom wasn’t going to be available," he said.

"It’s nothing sinister, it was more the dialogue we had with Fulham.

"Whenever we have had Tom Cairney in the squad, he has integrated in the group brilliantly and we would expect him to prolong his Scottish career."