After a shock defeat in Israel on Thursday, Scotland are back in action on home turf as they meet Portugal at Hampden Park for a friendly. 

Both sides experienced contrasting fortunes during their Nations League matches in midweek, so can Scotland end this round of international fixtures on a high or will Portugal make it back to back wins?

 

Team news

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Scotland will make plenty of changes for this friendly with four players ruled out. 

Kieran Tierney is absent with fatigue whilst Charlie Mulgrew and John Souttar have both picked up injuries. 

Robert Snodgrass meanwhile has been released after failing to feature in Thursday’s match in Israel. 

Alex McLeish has opted to replace three of those players, calling up; Michael Devlin, Gary Mackay-Steven and Ryan Christie. 

Portugal have released Bernardo Silva back to Manchester City following their 3-2 win over Poland on Thursday. 

Wolverhampton Wanderers winger, Helder Costa therefore could make his international debut here for the Portuguese. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Scotland have taken just two draws from their last five meetings with Portugal, both finishing 0-0 in 1980 and 92 (D2, L3).
  • In seven meetings on Scottish soil, Portugal have taken just one win (W1, D2, L4).

 

Prediction

Both teams aren’t the best defensively but for me, Portugal are the stronger in attack even without Cristiano Ronaldo so I can see a comfortable away win here.

Prediction: Scotland 0-2 Portugal

Result: Scotland 1-3 Portugal

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