Mitrovic will certainly be eyeing a starting role after finding his shooting boots against Ireland, so Jovic and Filip Djuricic may have to make do with spots on the bench for this one. Dusan Tadic bagged both assists for Mitrovic’s goals so is in no danger of losing his place in the attack, while Filip Kostic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic are both in line for recalls to the engine room. Stefan Mitrovic did not cover himself in glory for Ireland’s second goal on the night, so Nemanja Gudelj is waiting in the wings for his opportunity in a back three. Eighteen-year-old Sporting Lisbon defender Nuno Mendes was handed a start on the left after an injury to Raphael Guerreiro, and the Manchester City linked-starlet is in line for his second Portugal cap this weekend. Bruno Fernandes was introduced at half time against Azerbaijan and should certainly be recalled to the starting lineup here, with Joao Moutinho’s spot in the midfield also under threat from the returning Danilo Pereira. Santos also hailed the impact of Joao Felix in midweek, and given his side’s lack of ruthlessness on the night, he may be tempted to introduce the Atletico Madrid man and Diogo Jota to the first eleven this time around.
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