Republic of Ireland face the daunting task of keeping Manchester United new boy Cristiano Ronaldo at bay when they take on Portugal in a World Cup qualifier live on TV tonight.


Ronaldo has officially returned to the club where he became a star, but for now he will focus all of his attention on hauling Portugal to what will surely be his last major international tournament in 2022.

The Irish squad will be determined to give a good account of themselves in this one regardless of the result, after succumbing to a terrible 1-0 defeat to minnows Luxembourg during their last competitive outing.

Ireland boss Stephen Kenny is under major pressure to extract a tune from his disjointed squad after winning just one of his 13 opening games in charge.

Portugal certainly won't make life easy for him though, as they know a victory here could open up a gap between themselves and Serbia, who are currently running neck-and-neck alongside them. has rounded up everything you need to know about how to watch Portugal v Republic of Ireland on TV and online.

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When is Portugal v Republic of Ireland on TV?

Portugal v Republic of Ireland will take place on Wednesday 1st September 2021.

Check out our live football on TV guide for the latest times and information.

What time is kick-off?

Portugal v Republic of Ireland will kick off at 7:45pm.

There are numerous World Cup qualifiers and international friendlies going on this week, and you can check out all of the home nations' fixtures on our live football on TV guide.

What TV channel is Portugal v Republic of Ireland on?

You can watch the game live on Sky Sports Premier League from 7:30pm.

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How to live stream Portugal v Republic of Ireland online

Sky Sports customers can live stream the game via the Sky Go app on a variety of devices including most smartphones and tablets as part of their subscription.

You can also watch the match via NOW without signing up to a contract.

NOW can be streamed through a computer or apps found on most smart TVs, phones and consoles. NOW is also available via BT Sport.

Portugal v Republic of Ireland team news

Portugal predicted XI: Lopes; Cancelo, Pepe, Dias, Mendes; Fernandes, Pereira, Neves; Silva, Ronaldo, Jota.

Republic of Ireland predicted XI: Travers; Coleman, Clark, O'Shea; Doherty, Molumby, Cullen, Hourihane, Stevens; Long, Connolly.

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Portugal v Republic of Ireland odds

In working partnership with the Radio Times, bet365 has provided the following betting odds for this event:

bet365 odds: Portugal (1/7) Draw (11/2) Republic of Ireland (20/1).*

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Our prediction: Portugal v Republic of Ireland

Ireland head into this one with a 20/1 shot at victory according to the bookies, and those odds still don't feel long enough given the state of the squad right now.

The Irish are in danger of sliding deeper into obscurity if they can't muster some form of challenge in a small group that contains Azerbaijan and Luxembourg.

Kenny will not expect anything from tonight, nor should fans, but a spirited display could give Ireland some momentum to tackle the crucial games to come.

Our prediction: Portugal 3-0 Republic of Ireland (5/1 at bet365).


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