Portugal vs France
Euro 2020, Group F
Date: Wednesday, 23rd June 2021
Kick off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Puskas Arena (Budapest).
As it stands only France in the so called group of death are assured of a top 3 finish and maybe not even that will be enough for the current world champions.
France could only draw 1-1 with Hungary in a surprise result that means their qualification for the knock out rounds is not certain. A draw would be good enough against the reigning European champions and this should be a game to saviour.
Portugal were beaten 4-2 by Germany in their last game after going 1-0 up and it is fair to say that the 2016 champions would have been stunned. It means that they come into this game in 3rd place. Both nations will have to focus on winning their games as Germany would be expected to beat Hungary in the other match which will be played at the same time because of fairness.
Portugal have only lost two times from their last 9 games though the worry will be that those two defeats were against high ranked nations in Germany and France. The good news for the Portuguese is that they are scoring goals which is always a good sign and they have scored 9 in their last three games.
France come into this match unbeaten in their last 9 games. They drew 1-1 with Hungary in their last match and that was seen as a surprise but we should remember they were away from home in a packed stadium and came back from behind to earn a point. The draw did end a 5 game winning run though.
Portugal Team News:
There are no new injuries for the European champions, but Joao Felix is expected to still be missing. The talented play maker who plays for Atletico Madrid will be assessed though.
Portugal Predicted Starting Eleven (4-2-2-2)
Patricio – Semedo, Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro – Sanches, Danilo- Silva, Fernandes- Jota, Ronaldo.
France Team News:
France have no injury worries but Kingsley Coman may not be available due to personal reasons.
France Predicted Starting Eleven (4-4-2)
Lloris – Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Digne – Rabiot, Kante, Pogba, Griezmann – Benzema, Mbappe
Portugal vs France: Head to Head
- The teams last played in November 2020 in the UEFA Nations League where France won 1-0.
- Portugal has just 1 win over France in the last 13 meetings and that victory came in the Euro 2016 final.
- The nations have played each other 27 times and just 1 game has finished 0-0.
- The last 4 meetings in a row have all been under 1.5 goals.
Portugal vs France: Prediction
On their day both nations can beat each other but we have to remember that Portugal have a poor record against France and have lost 19 times from 27 games.
The defeat against Germany by 4-2 would have rattled the Portuguese make no mistake about that, and we expect a very interesting game to take place.
France are strong in every department but we have seen a weakness and so far it is their finishing which has been poor.
France will create many chances and will be thinking of the last time the teams met at the Euro’s which ended in a rare defeat and it was in the final to rub salt into the wounds.
A draw would most probably see both sides qualify, but that can always be risky, but we may see that result for half time.
On paper we could witness the best game of the tournament and expect this match to be a thrilling affair.
Some of the best players in world football will be on show including Cristiano Ronaldo who has 3 goals already in the competition and Kylian Mbappe, though he is yet to score, could this be the game where he breaks his duck?