Portugal vs North Macedonia: One Step Away From the World Cup

March 27, 2022
Akshay Nayak

FIFA World Cup 2022
World Cup Qualifier Playoffs
Estádio do Dragão, Porto

Portugal Portugal
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North Macedonia North Macedonia

Portugal will meet North Macedonia in the World Cup qualification playoffs at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto on March 30th at 00:15 IST. The odds are stacked in Portugal’s favor to win the match. With Italy out of the world cup race, Portugal will breathe easy in the playoff finals. But one cannot count out North Macedonia as they have defeated the mighty Germans and the Italians this season.

Teams Status


Portugal, Serbia, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Azerbaijan were in Group A in the qualifications, where Portugal finished second. They were heavy favorites to win the group, but Serbia edged them out in the last game week to qualify for the World Cup. Then, in the playoff semifinals, they thrashed Turkey to get to the finals against North Macedonia. Portugal won five games, drew two, and lost one, amassing a total of 17 points in the process. In the qualifications, they had a four-win and one-loss record at home. They have scored 20 goals while allowing only seven goals. Cristiano Ronaldo, who has six goals to his name, is the team’s top scorer.

North Macedonia

North Macedonia is fresh off an incredible upset over Italy, thanks to a goal from former Palermo striker Trajkovski. They want to make it to the World Cup after making it to the Euros. Their attempt to qualify for the World Cup was successful, as they came in second behind Germany, Romania, Armenia, Iceland, and Liechtenstein in a group that included Germany, Romania, Armenia, Iceland, and Liechtenstein. They won five games, including a historic victory over Germany, drew three games, and lost only two. With 18 points from ten games, they finished one point ahead of Romania. They netted 24 goals while allowing 11 goals. Aleksandar Trajkovski leads the team in scoring with five goals.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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According to the Melbet sportsbook, Portugal are the favorites to win the match and are placed at 1.23, North Macedonia are placed at 16.00 and the draw is at 6.90 odds. Portugal are placed at 1.20 according to the Sportsbet sportsbook, North Macedonia are placed at 15.00 and the draw is at 6.80 odds. According to the Parimatch sportsbook, Portugal are placed at 1.20, North Macedonia are placed at 15.50 and the draw is at 6.50 odds.

Tipster’s Angle

Portugal is a little too strong for the Macedonians, but they have shown some grit and resilience in the qualifiers so far. They are likely to keep the game close and not lose by a huge margin. Also, a low-scoring game is anticipated.

Tip: North Macedonia +2.25 @ 1.62

In their last 11 matches, North Macedonia has won four times, drawn three times, and lost four times. In nine of their last 11 games, they have covered the +2.25 goal spread. They’ve also covered the spread in all five of their away games this season. Portugal, on the other hand, has only covered the spread once in their last ten games. North Macedonia covered the +2.25 goals spread in their most recent head-to-head match. As a result, North Macedonia is quite likely to cover the spread at the Dafabet sportsbook’s 1.62 odds.

Tip: Both Teams To Score – No @ 1.44

In the last match that North Macedonia played, they managed to keep a clean sheet against Italy. Also, seven of their last ten matches has seen both teams not scoring as well. All of their last three away matches had both teams not scoring. Portugal has seen both teams not scoring in five of their last ten matches. These two teams have played just one head-to-head match before, which ended in a 0-0 scoreline. So, this match is likely to see either team keeping a clean sheet at 1.44 odds available at the Betway sportsbook.


Portugal is the firm favorite to make it to the world cup as Italy is out of the world cup race courtesy of the heroics from North Macedonia. One cannot count Macedonia out yet, because they can beat any team on their day.

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