Portugal’s clash with the Republic of Ireland on Thursday evening was not a classic encounter, but Santos’s side secured point to move above Serbia to the top of the section, and they are in great position for the only automatic qualification. They need to avoid defeat to finish first when tonight.
Having had a record of five wins and two draws, this has seen A Selecao collect 17 points, while they scoring 16 times and conceded just four during an impressive qualification campaign.
Santos’s team are unbeaten in World Cup qualification matches since September 2016.
Portugal have enjoyed great success in the European Competition, they won the competition in 2016, alongside making the final in 2004 and semi-finals in both 2000 and 2012.
Bernardo Silva missed out for Portugal when they played the Republic of Ireland due to a muscular injury, but the Manchester City attacker is back in the starting XI for this match.
Joao Cancelo and Diogo Jota were unused substitutes on Thursday but will likely return here to the starting 11.
Pepe of Portugal will miss out following his red card against Republic of Ireland, so there could be another start for Danilo Pereira, although Jose Fonte remains another option to slot in.
Nuno Mendes remains an option at left-back, having been suspended last time out, this means that Diogo Dalot will drop out of the side.
As for Serbia, Milinkovic-Savic, Dusan Vlahovic, Dusasn Tadic and Nikola Milenkovic are xpected to come into the starting XI.
Vlahovic, who is currently one of the most Prolific strikers in European football, should be joined by Mitrovic in the upfront, with Tadic expected to operate in a slighter deeper area.
*Portugal possible starting lineup:*
Patricio; Cancelo, Danilo, Dias, Mendes; Fernandes, Palhinha, Moutinho; B Silva, Ronaldo, Jota
*Serbia possible starting lineup:*
Rajkovic; Milenkovic, S Mitrovic, Pavlovic; Radonjic, Milinkovic-Savic, Gudelj, Kostic; Tadic; A Mitrovic, Vlahovic