LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Carlos Queiroz faces his first major test since returning to coach Portugal when his team host Denmark on Wednesday in a World Cup qualifying game.Portugal coach Queiroz hopes his team can open a five-point lead in their World Cup qualifying group.
The former Manchester United assistant coach has racked up two wins in his first two matches since taking over as international supremo in July.
But they were a friendly game against the Faeroe Islands and the opening qualifier last weekend in Malta -- when the Portuguese spent an hour trying to put the ball into the net before winning 4-0.
For his third game in charge, Portugal faces the Danes without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo but otherwise at full strength for the encounter at Jose Alvalade Stadium.
"We're confident we can capture another three points," Queiroz said.
The Portuguese aim to build on their momentum and grab a victory that would give them a five-point lead at the top of Group 1.
Portugal have won seven of their nine previous meetings with Denmark, but Deco said the Portuguese won't be taking the Danes lightly.
"We have to accept the fact that we're the favorites," the Chelsea midfielder said. "Because of Denmark's quality we have to look at the game as a test of just how good we are. Our idea is to control the run of play, though we know we won't have as much possession as we did against Malta."
Queiroz appears set to field an unchanged team from his first two games. That means Hugo Almeida as a lone striker, with Simao Sabrosa and Nani on the flanks. Deco should orchestrate the midfield, with Raul Meireles and Carlos Martins in support.
Denmark were held to a 0-0 draw at Hungary on Saturday.
Striker Jon Dahl Tomasson limped off the field during the second half but is expected to recover for match in Lisbon.Goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen faces a late fitness test.
"The draw in Hungary was no help at all but we have to remain optimistic and believe we can do better in the next game," Sorensen said. "The problem is that the next game is against Portugal."
Fresh off a 6-0 win over Liechtenstein, Germany are favored to add another three points in World Cup qualifying Wednesday when they take on a Finland squad depleted by injuries, illness and disciplinary action.
Still, the Germans can expect a much bigger challenge against the veteran Finnish team, which narrowly missed out on this year's European finals.
"We have a very difficult task ahead of us against a team who has been very well organized the last few years," Germany coach Joachim Loew said Tuesday.
"The Finns lost narrowly out to Poland and Portugal in the qualifying for Euro 2008. The team has European class and is a strong opponent."
Germany are expected to field a very different team from that which lost the Euro 2008 final to Spain, with Robert Enke in goal behind a new central defense made up of Serdar Tasci and Heiko Westermann.
Strikers Lukas Podolski -- reportedly a target for Manchester City -- and Miroslav Klose remain up front.
Germany have never lost a World Cup qualifier away, but came close seven years ago at Helsinki's Olympic Stadium when Finland led 2-0 at halftime before conceding two goals.
Striker Mikael Forsell, who scored both of Finland's goals, is expected to lead the Nordic attack this time as well.
Also remaining in the squad from the 2001 encounter is Sami Hyypia, Petri Pasanen and strikers Joonas Kolkka and Jonatan Johansson.
"We have to be realistic, we play the Euro 2008 finalists," Hyypia said. "But we have no pressure and can perform our own game."
The Finns will be without defender Hannu Tihinen and midfielder Teemu Tainio, both injured, star Jari Litmanen who is ill, and striker Alexei Eremenko Jr. -- dropped for disciplinary reasons after a drunk driving conviction.