Cristiano Ronaldo may have just signed with Manchester United, but he hasn’t forgotten that he has another goal, getting to the World Cup in Qatar in 2022. The most capped and all-time leading goal scorer for Portugal will look to lead his national team to a home victory over Ireland who have lost their first two matches of qualifying.
For the Irish, they will look to end a long drought of painful defeats, having not won a single game in UEFA Nations League and opened their qualifying campaign with two defeats. A loss to Portugal would all but end Ireland’s World Cup chances.
It’s a do or die match for Ireland and a good test for Portugal, who want to continue to show their improvement. Portugal have only won 1 of their last four meetings against Ireland, a 5-1 pounding in a friendly in 2014. Here are some interesting betting options presented by DraftKings for Portugal - Ireland.
Portugal - Ireland outright
Portugal is a heavy favorite at -525, while Ireland who don’t look like they will upset Ronaldo and company is at +1200. Betting that the match will have over 2.5 goals is paying out -125 but if the bettor bets high they could make some decent earnings from the match.
Portugal have given up goals in the qualifying campaign and betting that both teams can score in a half is paying out a decent amount. If Ireland and Portugal both score in the second half the bettor has a good chance of winning money at +400 odds.
Cristiano Ronaldo to score
Cristiano Ronaldo, all eyes are always on CR7, if he scores during the game, he is paying out +160, not bad considering Ronaldo is the biggest threat on the field. Ronaldo can score virtually from any place on the field and is deadly on free kicks.
André Silva is another scoring threat and if he scores in the second half a goal by the RB Leipzig forward is paying out +275, so keep your tabs on Silva as he has a deadly scoring touch.