Portugal play Turkey at the Estádio do Dragão tonight and the stakes could not be higher. Defeat will mean no World Cup for Portugal in Qatar, an ignominious end to his tenure of the country’s longest-serving and most successful ever coach Fernando Santos, and quite possibly a sad goodbye to the international careers of genuine Seleção legends Pepe, João Moutinho and… Cristiano Ronaldo.

Victory, on the other hand, will earn Portugal the right to a playoff final against Italy or North Macedonia next Tuesday, also at the Estádio do Dragão. Come 7.45 pm this evening, an entire nation will be collectively holding its breath. Who will be the 11 men chosen by Santos to get the job done? 

 

A Bola predicted XI:

Rui Patrício, Diogo Dalot, José Fonte, Danilo, Nuno Mendes, William Carvalho, João Moutinho, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Diogo Jota, Cristiano Ronaldo

 

  

Record predicted XI:

Rui Patrício, Diogo Dalot, José Fonte, Danilo, Raphaël Guerreiro, William Carvalho, João Moutinho, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Diogo Jota, Cristiano Ronaldo

 

Maisfutebol predicted XI:

Rui Patrício, Diogo Dalot, José Fonte, Danilo, Nuno Mendes, William Carvalho, João Moutinho, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Diogo Jota, Cristiano Ronaldo

 


Related: Fernando Santos announces Portugal’s World Cup playoff squad


 

   

PortuGOAL predicted XI:

Rui Patrício, Cédric Soares, José Fonte, Danilo, Raphaël Guerreiro, William Carvalho, Matheus Nunes, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Diogo Jota, Cristiano Ronaldo

Força Seleção.

 

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The portugoal lineup is significantly better than the other two. If we play that lineup we win probably 3-1. If we play two slow holding midfielders(Moutinho, Neves, Danilo and William) I’ll throw my remote through the tv. In fact, I don’t ever...

The portugoal lineup is significantly better than the other two. If we play that lineup we win probably 3-1. If we play two slow holding midfielders(Moutinho, Neves, Danilo and William) I’ll throw my remote through the tv. In fact, I don’t ever want to see us not play two attack minded midfielders ever again, I’m beyond sick of this regime under santos stunting our talent. Playing two attack minded midfielders isn’t a problem as long as one of them understands that he sort of has to do a little more running defensively than the other one. With guys like Nunes and Renato that can get back on defense and regain possession plus they have the ability to make driving runs across midfield when they receive the ball deep in our defensive third…that’s what you want. So nunes has the speed and technique to break the lines with the ball and if it’s Bruno who tracks back, he can receive the ball deep and pick a long pass to our forwards.

There’s no point in soaking up pressure when you have a shaky defense, why would anybody think it’s wise to give the opposition more opportunities to score when your defense isn’t that good? We come out and dominate possession against turkey or Italy or any team on the planet. That’s our game plan, that’s who we need to be and it’s as simple as that.

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Justin/rochester
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Yup agreed, the Portugoal lineup is the best lineup.

Playing our of form, slow and absolutely NO tracking back Bruno F is beyond incompetent from FS whish is what we all expect at this point.

Im not gonna dump on Moutinho, the guys a warrior...

Yup agreed, the Portugoal lineup is the best lineup.

Playing our of form, slow and absolutely NO tracking back Bruno F is beyond incompetent from FS whish is what we all expect at this point.

Im not gonna dump on Moutinho, the guys a warrior and always plays for Selecao but he should be a late game sub not a starter but this is FS decision unfortunately.

I would play Guedes and move Bernardo Silva to central mid but....not my choice.

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Val
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Most likely FS will go with Cedric and Guerreiro as the starting full backs. They were the starters in the Euro 16 final, I don’t see FS going with two young players for such a decisive game. Unfortunately that also applies in the midfield where...

Most likely FS will go with Cedric and Guerreiro as the starting full backs. They were the starters in the Euro 16 final, I don’t see FS going with two young players for such a decisive game. Unfortunately that also applies in the midfield where I see a William Moutinho pairing most likely. This is the last chance for this generation of players for World Cup glory. Hopefully they play with that kind of urgency. Força Portugal

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Kevin/RI/US
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well inacio is staying at home omg ? palinha aswell ffs...

So from the current squad id hope to see fonte partner djalo ,it makes sence i think if i see danilo on the defence il ? get very drunk...

Patricio
dalot/cedric depends on the turkish...

well inacio is staying at home omg ? palinha aswell ffs...

So from the current squad id hope to see fonte partner djalo ,it makes sence i think if i see danilo on the defence il ? get very drunk...

Patricio
dalot/cedric depends on the turkish attackers ,in wish i know nothing about,only that turkey are a football passionate country and will fight fight fight...

I hope bruno fernades is on the bench or left in manchester ? all he does is fall over and cry ?

Moutinho at his age still a star but a slow star so lets see where he wil fit in 65 min i hope.

William has come good this yr but hmmm please not danilo william combo ffs

Bernardo as number 10 oh lord my dream...

guedes please start ...

ronaldo play for the team not yourself...

Forcaaaaa ither way il be behind the seleçao till the end forcaaaaaaaaaaaa...

vitonha octavio would b nice too

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Tomas Sheehan
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my 11:

-------------------Sa-------------------

Cedric--------Inacio----Danilo---Raphael

------------------William----------------------

Jota------------Bernardo---------Leao

----------------CR7----------------------


FS 11:
----------------...

my 11:

-------------------Sa-------------------

Cedric--------Inacio----Danilo---Raphael

------------------William----------------------

Jota------------Bernardo---------Leao

----------------CR7----------------------


FS 11:
-------------------Patricio-------------------

Cedric------Fonte---Danilo----Raphael

Bruno------Moutinho----William----Bernanrdo

------------Jota--------------CR7----------------

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johnieoooooooo
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PORTUGOAL lineup undoubtedly the best one, imo. The greatest thing about it is having Nunes in the midfield. He will be crucial in driving the ball forward, especially in the Italy game.

This lineup doesn't really promote a wide-game, which is...

PORTUGOAL lineup undoubtedly the best one, imo. The greatest thing about it is having Nunes in the midfield. He will be crucial in driving the ball forward, especially in the Italy game.

This lineup doesn't really promote a wide-game, which is alright given the fact that we don't have many wingers in our ranks at the moment. Hopefully it'll stop the mindless Hail Mary crosses coming from wide, just hoping for CR7 to connect with. If we need be, we have Leao and Guedes, two very pacy wingers who have been game changers this season, both great options to come off the bench. With Bernardo and Nunes we are more than capable of playing through the middle and dominating the midfield. Let's hope we see that, and see some true attacking football.

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Teresa
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Is Nunes & Nuno the same person.

Baby Nuno was added in the last 5 minutes. he did well

Neville
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Joao cancelo has the most touches and the most passes in the prem and is a goal threat, so crazy that he doesn’t start. We need creativity not the same stagnant approach ? guhh

Shane
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He’s out via yellow card suspension. If we make it past Turkey he’ll be in 100% for the Italy game.

Teresa
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This coach is not a coach. Seriously he is playing Moutinho to start???? I like Octavio - but seriously we don't have better in Vitinha or Nunes????

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