Portugal vs Ukraine : Sky Sports Premier League (UK), Univision Deportes enIf you don’t have a Sky Sports subscription, then the Mirror Football blog is the place for you to keep up with the action. Portugal begin their 2019 UEFA European Championship qualifying campaign at home to Ukraine on Friday at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon. The titleholders have been boosted by the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to the squad.
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The titleholders have been boosted by the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to the squad. The Juventus star has not featured for his country since the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Portugal are heavy favourites to begin their campaign with a victory but face a Ukraine side fresh from an impressive Nations League campaign.
Andriy Shevchenko’s side topped Group B1 with three wins from four games and sealed promotion to the top tier.Defending European champions Portugal begin their Euro 2020 qualifying group stage campaign with a home tie against Ukraine on Friday night.
Fernando Santos’ squad can qualify directly for next summer’s tournament across Europe via victory in the UEFA Nations League in June, but will not be wanting to take any chances as they look to become only the second side in history to retain the European Championship trophy.
They will face a Ukraine side who failed to qualify for last summer’s World Cup, but have been involved in the last two editions of the European Championships. Manager Andriy Shevchenko will be wanting to avoid missing out on a second successive major tournament next summer.
Here’s everything you need to know about the match…What time is kick-off?
THIS Euro qualifier will be held on Friday, March 22.
Kick-off is at 7.45pm UK time.
It’s the first competitive meeting between the sides since France ’98 qualifying, when Portugal ran out 1-0 winners on home soil.
Which TV channel can I watch it on?
YOU can catch this game live on Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports Premier League.
If you’re a Sky subscriber, stream using Sky Go whilst everyone else can purchase a NOW TV from just £7.99.
Sky Sports Mix can be found on channel 407 for Sky TV customers.
Subscribers to Virgin can watch on channel 507.
The channel is FREE for all Sky TV subscribers regardless of whether they have an existing Sky Sports subscription.Match preview 🖊
Unbeaten since their World Cup exit at the hands of Uruguay (W3, D3), defending European champions Portugal, ranked sixth in the World by FIFA, has now lost just two games since the start of 2018 The goals have dried up somewhat, though, with six of their last nine matches seeing them score only once.
Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the fold, however, which will facilitate a return to a 4-4-2. Joao Felix is pushing for a start alongside him, essentially vying with Andre Silva for that place. With six of Portugal’s last seven matches at the Euros producing under 2.5 goals, we expect more of the same.
Team news 📰
Captain Cristiano Ronaldo’s first appearance for the side since the World Cup will come as a boost for the defending European champs here. There are also recalls for Jose Fonte and Joao Moutinho while Benfica’s teenage star Joao Felix is called up for the first time and could partner Ronaldo in attack. Wolverhampton Wanderers star Diego Jota is also part of the setup.
Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko could hand a debut to Brazilian-born striker Junior Moraes, with the Shakhtar Donetsk forward recently granted a Ukranian passport.