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Tuesday’s International Friendlies predictions including Portugal vs. Rep. Ireland

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Sports Mole provides score predictions and previews for all of today’s International Friendlies fixtures, including Portugal vs. Republic of Ireland.

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Mongolia will host Cambodia on Tuesday at MFF Football Centre in their first home fixture of 2024 and the second friendly between these sides over the past few days.

The Cambodians triumphed 2-0 over Mongolia on Friday, thanks to a pair of goals within the opening half hour of that encounter.

We say: Mongolia 0-0 Cambodia

The Mongols should feel a lot more at ease playing in front of their home fans, and with Asian Cup qualifiers on the horizon for each, we expect to see a rather cagey upcoming fixture.

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Kazakhstan's Marat Bystrov and Aleksandr Marochkin look dejected after the match on March 21, 2024© Reuters

Kazakhstan will be bidding to avoid a fourth straight defeat when they tackle Azerbaijan in an international friendly in Hungary on Tuesday.

Both sides will enter the contest off the back of defeats, with Azerbaijan losing 3-1 to Albania on Friday, while Kazakhstan were beaten 2-1 by Armenia on the same night.

We say: Azerbaijan 1-1 Kazakhstan

There has not actually been a draw between these two sides since September 2006, with their last six meetings producing a winner. It would not be a surprise to see a home or an away success here, but we are predicting a low-scoring draw on Tuesday night.

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Viktor Tsygankov in action for Ukraine in June 2023© Reuters

Ukraine will wrap up their Euro 2024 preparations when they travel to Chisinau for Tuesday’s friendly with Moldova.

The European Championship participants will be targeting a confidence-boosting win, while the visitors will be looking to clinch a third consecutive victory.

We say: Moldova 0-2 Ukraine

Moldova have put together a positive run of results, but we think their three-game unbeaten run will come to an end when they face a Ukraine side who will be determined to clinch a confidence-boosting victory ahead of Euro 2024.

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Greece's Georgios Masouras celebrates scoring their second goal with Dimitris Pelkas and Konstantinos Mavropanos on October 13, 2023© Reuters

Both beaten in their first June friendly, Malta and Greece will meet for their final fixture of the 2023-24 season on Tuesday evening.

The Mediterranean nations convene in Austria, where Malta were heavily beaten last Friday, while Greece came close to drawing with Euro 2024 hosts Germany.

We say: Malta 0-2 Greece

With a sizeable gap between them in the FIFA World Rankings, Greece are set to see off Malta by at least a two-goal margin, having been buoyed by their impressive showing in Germany.

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Cyprus coach Temur Ketsbaia on March 25, 2023© Reuters

Cyprus will be aiming to avoid what would be a shock third loss in a row when they take on San Marino in an international friendly on Tuesday night.

San Marino will enter the contest off the back of a 4-0 defeat to Slovakia, while Cyprus suffered a 3-2 loss to Moldova in their last game on Saturday.

We say: San Marino 0-2 Cyprus

It would be a shock if Cyprus did not win this match, but they are not in the best of form, and we are therefore finding it difficult to predict a really comfortable success. That said, we are still expecting Ketsbaia’s side to have more than enough to put a victory on the board.

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Belarus coach Carlos Ferrer before the match© Reuters

Two teams in disappointing form will lock horns in an international friendly on Tuesday evening, with Belarus taking on Israel.

Belarus will enter the contest off the back of a 4-0 defeat to Russia on Friday, while Israel were beaten 3-0 by Euro 2024 participants Hungary on Saturday.

We say: Belarus 1-1 Israel

There has never been a draw between these two sides, but we are backing that run to end on Tuesday evening. Both sides will be looking for a positive result ahead of the UEFA Nations League, and we are backing Belarus to hold Israel to a draw in this contest.

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Portugal coach Roberto Martinez reacts on November 16, 2023© Reuters

Portugal will round off their preparations for this summer’s European Championship with a friendly against Republic of Ireland in Aveiro on Tuesday night.

Roberto Martinez’s side will open their Euro 2024 campaign against the Czech Republic on June 18, while the visitors will be back in competitive action in the UEFA Nations League at the start of September.

We say: Portugal 2-0 Republic of Ireland

Martinez will not have been overly concerned by his team’s performance against Croatia, but he will not want to enter Euro 2024 off the back of another disappointing result. Republic of Ireland are capable of making this a tricky match, but we are expecting the hosts to navigate their way to a comfortable win.

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> How Portugal could line up against Republic of Ireland

Northern Ireland's Conor Bradley celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on March 26, 2024© Reuters

Having both suffered at the hands of Spain last time out, Northern Ireland and Andorra meet in Murcia on Tuesday evening, for a season-ending friendly.

While the Andorrans lost by five to La Roja in their first June fixture, Michael O’Neill’s men were beaten by a four-goal margin on Saturday.

We say: Northern Ireland 3-0 Andorra

Both teams started 2024 quite positively, so recent thrashings by Spain should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Northern Ireland will send the Green and White Army home happy, though, as their young side should see off Andorra by a comfortable margin.

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