Euro 2024 qualifying action continues on Friday night (19.45), as a a top-of-the-table clash in Group J takes place at Tehelne Pole in Bratislava with Slovakia hosting Portugal.

Portugal have taken 12 points from a possible 12 so far during their qualifying campaign, while Slovakia are only two points worse off and could leapfrog their opponents with a victory here.

Slovakia vs Portugal Prediction

  • Under 2.5 goals @ 5/6
  • Cristiano Ronaldo first goalscorer @ 5/2

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Milan Skriniar and Martin Dubravka will marshal the backline for the hosts here, while Juraj Kucka looks set to earn his 100th cap for his country.

As for Portugal, uncapped players Jose Sa and Toti Gomes have been called up to the squad, as have the familiar faces of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva.

Raphael Guerreiro, Nuno Mendes and Pepe are all absent, as is new Manchester City signing Matheus Nunes.

Under 2.5 goals @ 5/6

Both sides have been excellent defensively so far in qualifying, so under 2.5 goals looks appealing here.

Portugal are yet to concede, while the hosts have only conceded once, and managed to keep clean sheets in each of their last three games on home soil.

Roberto Martinez’s side are capable of scoring heavily with the firepower they have, but they did have to settle for a 1-0 win in Iceland in their last trip and goals could be in short supply again here.

Cristiano Ronaldo to score first @ 5/2

A pretty obvious choice this one, but Ronaldo has been amongst the goals so far in the new Saudi Pro League season, scoring six in four games, as well as claiming four assists.

The former Manchester United man has scored five goals in qualifying so far, including two braces against Lichtenstein and Luxembourg respectively, as well as the winning goal against Iceland last time out.

For all that can be said about his physical decline, Ronaldo has never lost his prowess in front of goal, and I think he’s decent value to score first here.

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