Portugal vs. Ireland odds, bets, predictions: FIFA World Cup European Qualifier picks for Thursday, Nov. 11

Portugal will try to move into prime position to qualify for Qatar 2022 with a victory against Ireland on Thursday in a 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match in Dublin. Portugal (5-1-0) sits in second place behind Serbia, but those teams will meet on the final day of the group stage Sunday. The Portuguese are one point behind and want to go into that match with the lead, as only the top finisher gets an automatic 2022 World Cup spot. Ireland (1-2-3) has been eliminated but would love to play the spoiler, and is 3-4-1 in its past eight matches. 

Kickoff from Aviva Stadium is set for 2:45 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Portugal as the -350 favorite (risk $350 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in the latest Ireland vs. Portugal odds, with Ireland the +800 underdog. A draw is priced at +340 and the over-under for total goals scored is set at 2.5. Before you lock in your Portugal vs. Ireland picks or make any 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying predictions, you need to see what red-hot soccer insider Martin Green has to say

After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been spot-on. Green has generated well over $36,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and he has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.

Now, Green has taken a close look at the Ireland vs. Portugal matchup and released his picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see Green’s picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Portugal vs. Ireland:  

  • Ireland vs. Portugal spread: Portugal -1.5 (+100)
  • Ireland vs. Portugal over-under: 2.5 goals 
  • Ireland vs. Portugal money line: Ireland +800, Portugal -350, Draw +340 
  • IRE: Adam Idah has 18 goals in 31 starts in England’s lower divisions 
  • POR: Diogo Jota has 13 goals in 29 matches since joining Liverpool

Why you should back Portugal

Portugal will be highly motivated to take over the group, and the squad is loaded with attacking talent. Of course, that starts with Cristiano Ronaldo, the all-time leading international goal scorer with 115 in 182 matches. Ronaldo has scored six times in the six qualifying matches, and has nine goals in 12 total matches since returning to Manchester United. Diogo Jota has three goals in qualifying for Portugal and has scored five for Liverpool this season.

Ronaldo’s Manchester United teammate Bruno Fernandes is among many other attacking options, including Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva and Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix. RB Leipzig’s Andre Silva has scored 19 international goals at age 26. Manchester City duo Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo are solid in the middle of the defense and should have little trouble with Ireland’s attack. The Irish have scored 17 goals in their 13 games since the start of 2020, but 11 of those came in three matches — against Andorra and Qatar in friendlies and Azerbaijan in qualifying last month.

Why you should back Ireland

Ireland has been improving steadily under new manager Stephen Kenny, and it has not lost since September’s 2-1 setback to Portugal. It held a 1-0 lead for nearly half the match, with John Egan netting the goal just before halftime, before Ronaldo snatched away the victory with his late heroics. West Brom forward Callum Robinson has scored five goals over the team’s past two matches, a 3-0 qualifying win against Azerbaijan and a 4-0 friendly victory against Qatar. The 25-year-old has scored 46 goals in his club career, mostly in the English Championship.  

Ireland has allowed more than one goal just once in its past nine matches, and that was the loss to Portugal. It had three clean sheets in that span and scored in seven of the nine games. Ireland has lost just twice in its past 14 matches in Dublin (5-7-2).    

How to make Ireland vs. Portugal picks

Green has taken an in-depth look at the Portugal vs. Ireland matchup from every angle, and he is leaning over on the goal total. He also has three confident best bets and a full breakdown of the match. He’s only sharing those World Cup Qualifying picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Ireland vs. Portugal? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for Portugal vs. Ireland, all from the European soccer expert who has generated well over $36,000 for $100 bettors over the past four seasons, and find out.

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