In last week’s WC Qualifying Play-offs, Ronaldo and his mates dominated Turkey while North Macedonia provided one of the most shocking upsets in history. On Tuesday, Portugal and North Macedonia throw down with a trip to the Qatar World Cup at stakes. Which team stamps their tickets to the greatest every four-year sports tournament in the world?
See below for FIFA World Cup odds, analysis, and a free pick for Portugal versus North Macedonia.
World Cup Qualifiers: UEFA Play-offs North Macedonia at Portugal
When: Tuesday, March 29 at 2:45 pm ET
Where: Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal
Handicap Odds: North Macedonia +2 -128 / Portugal -2 +101
Moneyline Odds: North Macedonia +1600 / Portugal -555 / Draw +560
Total Odds: O 2 ½ -138 / U 2 ½ +109
Why North Macedonia will Beat Portugal
North Macedonia faced one of the highest-rated international soccer teams on the planet in their last. All the North Macedonians did was hold Italy to zero goals and score a match ending goal in the 92nd minute. North Macedonia is on the cusp of making history. The massive underdog won’t let the chance pass them by.
North Macedonia Last 5
- W – 0-1 vs. Italy
- W – 3-1 vs. Iceland
- W – 0-5 vs. Armenia
- L – 0-4 vs. Germany
- W – 0-4 vs. Leichtenstein
North Macedonia Predicted Starting Lineup
Why Portugal will Beat North Macedonia
After watching Portugal decimate Turkey, it feels as if Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Jota and the rest were playing possum. Portugal didn’t just beat Turkey. They showed the world they’re a legit World Cup contender. It’s difficult seeing the Portuguese allowing an upstart like North Macedonia ending their WC dreams before they begin.
Portugal Last 5
- W – 3-1 vs. Turkey
- L – 1-2 vs. Serbia
- D – 0-0 vs. Ireland
- W – 5-0 vs. Luxembourg
- W – 3-0 vs. Qatar
Portugal Predicted Starting Lineup
Final Betting Analysis: North Macedonia at Portugal
North Macedonia pulled off a shocker, but Italy was missing most of their forwards, including their best forward in Federico Chiesa.
Not only that, but the goal happened via a perfect shot by Alexander Trajkovski. A millimeter to the left and the ball would have hit the post. A millimeter to the right and Italian goalie Gianluigi Donnarumma would have blocked it.
Don’t expect the same heroics from North Macedonia versus Portugal. Ronaldo didn’t score and the Protueguese lit up Turkey like a Christmas tree.
Portugal is loaded. They’re also showing they can win without Ronaldo playing his best. Expect the Protueguese to dominate by 3 goals, strike fear into the hearts of Germany, Spain, England, Belgium, Brazil, and Argentina, and enter this November’s World Cup as one of the teams to beat.
FIFA World Cup Play-offs Pick: Portugal -2
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