Having clinched a victory in only one of their last six matches — per 11v11 — Scotland will be at a disadvantage in their upcoming match with Portugal, with three of their top players absent. The two nations are set to square off in a UEFA international friendly match that will stream live from Glasgow on Sunday.
Defender Kieran Tierney was released from his international duties due to “match fatigue,” while center-backs Charlie Mulgrew and John Souttar will be unavailable for Sunday’s Portugal clash due to injuries, according to a BBC report. So how will Manager Alex McLeish arrange his back four against the reigning Euro champions? Ahead of the match, he is not saying.
“That’s a secret,” McLeish said on Saturday. “We know how to play the back four. We have changed the system in Hungary, we changed it in Mexico City, so we’ve got the capacity to change it as well.”
Meanwhile, Portugal will continue to play without their global superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus, who has not joined the squad for its latest round of international matches. Ronaldo is currently contending with an accusation of rape by an American woman in Las Vegas, as magazine Der Spiegel first reported.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the upcoming international friendly match pitting Portugal against Scotland, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. British Summer Time at the 53,000-seat Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, on Sunday, October 14. In Portugal, that kickoff time will also be 5 p.m. Western European Summer Time. Fans in the United States can log in to the live stream at noon Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday, or 9 a.m. Pacific. Fans in India can catch the live stream starting at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday night.
Sevilla striker Andre Silva, 22, has provided plenty of goal-scoring action during Ronaldo’s absence, getting on the board in his last three international matches. This brings his total to nine in his young international career, according to the BBC.
Even without Ronaldo, Portugal is coming off of two successive wins in the UEFA Nations League — a 1-0 blanking of Italy in September, and a 3-2 topping of Poland on Thursday, 11v11 reports.
Watch Scotland Manager Alex McLeish offer his own preview of the upcoming exhibtion game against Portugal in a pre-match press conference, courtesy of the Scotland National Team.
To watch a free live stream of the Scotland vs. Portugal international friendly clash, use the stream provided by ESPN+, the online subscription sports network of the media giant ESPN. The ESPN+ streaming network is available with a subscription fee of $4.99 per month but comes with a seven-day free trial. If the trial is canceled before the weeklong period, fans can watch the Scotland vs. Portugal friendly match at no charge.
Another way to watch the live stream is to access the streaming video provided by Univision Now, or by downloading the Univision app. Univision also streams live on Roku set-top streaming devices, allowing fans to watch the Scotland vs. Portugal exhibition game streaming live on their TV sets.
But there is also a way to watch the match for free without a cable login. Fans can sign up for a free trial of an online streaming TV package that carries the Univision stream, such as Fubo TV, or Sling TV. Those providers require credit card information and subscription fees, but each also offers a seven-day free trial — if the subscription is canceled prior to the free trial expiring, fans can watch the Scotland-Portugal live stream for free.
In Scotland, the rest of the United Kingdom, and Ireland, the live stream will be carried by Sky GO. In Portugal, the Scotland vs. Portugal friendly will be streamed live by Sport TV, and in India, Sony LIV will carry the live stream of the Glasgow showdown.
For a comprehensive list of outlets that will carry a live stream of the Scotland vs. Portugal international friendly match, make sure to consult Live Soccer TV.