Azerbaijan boss Berti Vogts has no new injury worries or suspensions to deal with ahead of Tuesday’s match.
Portugal head into Tuesday’s match without a win since September 2012—the last time they played Azerbaijan.
Silvestre Varela, Helder Postiga and Bruno Alves scored the goals in Portugal’s 3-0 win over Azerbaijan in September - all three coming after the hour mark.
With Cristiano Ronaldo suspended and Nani injured, Helder Postiga and Hugo Almeida (pictured right) are Portugal’s only available internationals with more than 10 international goals apiece. Postiga has 25; Almeida 16.
Azerbaijan have picked up points in three matches so far in World Cup qualifying - drawing with Israel, Luxembourg and Northern Ireland. But their best performance came in a narrow 1-0 defeat to Russia in Moscow.
When the latest Fifa rankings came out earlier this month, the home side had risen two places - from 118th to 116th.
These two sides have met on three previous occasions, with Portugal winning each of them by a combined score of 8-0.
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|Coach: B. Vogts|
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for E. Mämmädov 69'
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