Republic of Ireland vs Portugal Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips (11/11/21)

Portugal will be hoping to return to the top of Group A  with a win on Thursday night, as they currently sit 1pt behind Serbia. Ireland only have 5pts to their name from six qualifiers but could move above Luxembourg with a win.

Republic of Ireland vs Portugal: Today's Betting Tips

Here are our predictions for Republic of Ireland vs Portugal.

*Odds from NetBet are subject to change


This game may well treat us to goals at both ends of the pitch as it has done on four of the last five times these two nations have gone head-to-head. Both teams have also scored in three of Ireland's last five fixtures and the hosts have only failed to score in one of their last six outings. Portugal have also only failed to score in one of their last six international matches and head into the game on the back of a 5-0 win over Luxembourg.

Over 2.5 Goals

We're expecting goals on Thursday night as each of the last two meetings between Ireland and Portugal have produced over 2.5 goals. At least three goals have also been scored in three of Ireland's last five outings as well as in each of Portugal's last five fixtures, so you can see why we're predicting goals on Thursday.

Ronaldo to Score First

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more international goals than any other player in the history of football, so you can already understand why we're backing the Man Utd man to score first on Thursday. Ronaldo has scored 6-goals in qualifying so far, two of which were the first goals in games. Ronaldo remains Portugal's main man even at the age of 36, netting a hat trick in their last match against Luxembourg.

Everything you need to know about Republic of Ireland vs Portugal

Victory in Ireland could take Portugal top of Group A

The Republic of Ireland's last match was a friendly against the 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar. The hosts opened the scoring after just 4-minutes through Robinson and the very same player made it 2-0 from the penalty spot just 9-minutes later. Early in the second half, Robinson completed his hat trick and just shy of the hour mark, Duffy made it 4-0. Ireland showed their attacking strengths in that friendly but that side of them hasn't shone through in qualifying so far.

Portugal are one side that do love to score goals, especially through their captain and talisman. Ronaldo scored three goals in a 5-0 drubbing of Luxembourg last month with Fernandes and Palhinha getting the other two goals. Portugal will surely qualify for the World Cup and could once again be one of the teams to watch out for in the competition. Ireland will give as good as they get on Thursday but Portugal's class should get them through the game in the end.

Team News

Ireland: Darren Randolph, Cyrus Christie, Ciaran Clark, Robbie Brady and Shane Long all miss out for Ireland this week.

Portugal: Anthony Lopes, Raphaël Guerreiro, Cédric Soares, João Mário and Rafa Silva haven't made the Portugal squad.

Republic of Ireland vs Portugal – FAQ

republic of ireland vs portugal

  • Who are the favourites to win? – Portugal are the clear favourites.
  • What was the score when these two teams last met? – Portugal 2-1 Republic of Ireland, 1/9/21.
  • What time is kick-off? – 19:45 GMT, 20:45 CET.

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A lifelong Evertonian, James started writing for an Everton fan site in the mid-2000s and then developed his own blog covering football transfers from across Europe's big leagues before becoming a regular match preview and betting tips writer for Biggest Free Bets. James moved to Free Super Tips next, and then Racing Post, where he worked as a full-time writer for a few years, taking on extra responsibilities such as creating the schedule and assigning out work. Following that, James wrote for a number of websites including Fore Bet before joining Football Whispers in December 2020.