Portugal vs France Match Preview and Prediction

Time: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 22:00 hours (Group F)

The two heavy weights of international football take to the stage in their final Euro Group stage match. Ahead of qualifications for the round of 16, Portugal closely follow the French with 3 points while France lead with 4 points on the table. The Portuguese side faced a humiliating defeat against Germany (2-4) over the weekend while the Frenchmen drew level with hosts Hungary in a 1-1 score line. The late night match will start simultaneously with the Hungary vs Germany at Allianz Arena but majority would like to see the two having a go at each other in neutral ground (Puskàs Arena, Hungary). The last four matches between Portugal and France produced only 3 goals 2 for France and 1 for Portugal.

Portugal

This is their 5th match facing France in a major tournament and its both teams’ first time meeting at the group stage level. Their four previous encounters took place in the semi-finals of Euro 1984, 2000, 2016 and World Cup 2006. The Portuguese number one goal scorer  in all meetings Cristiano Ronaldo has yet to score against France and is the only team to have faced multiple times without scoring a single goal. The multiple Ballon d’Or winning striker is looking to end his goal scoring curse against France in Hungary. Diogi Jota, Bruno Fernandesand Ronaldo are tasked with beating the French backline that has proven to be a tough to crack.

Team formation: 4-1-4-1

Possible Starting Lineup

Forwards Cristiano Ronaldo (CF)

Attacking Midfielders Diogo Jota (LF) William Carvalho (CM) Bruno Fernandez (AM) Bernardo Silva (RF).

Midfielder Danilo Pereira (CM)

Defenders Raphael Guerreiro (LB) Ruben Dias (CB) Pepe (CB) Nelson Semedo (RB).

Goalkeeper Rui Patricio (GK)

Injured/doubtful players : Nuno Mendes (LB) & Joào Félix (CF).

France

The French are unbeaten in their last 11 group stage matches winning a total of 7 games and drawing four. After the 1-1 draw with Hungary, France became the only team to have avoided defeat in more matches when losing to the opponent in the second half in European Championship history wining 4 and drawing 2 matches. Antoinne Griezmann has scored a total of 11 goals for France and is close to beating the record set by Thierry Henry (12) if he manages to score in Hungary. Karim Benzema has not scored for France in 9 games in the Euros and has 27 goals from all club competitions, despite slow start to the French Forwards (Griezmann, Mbappe & Benzema) Didier Deschamps has expressed confidence in his team despite their upset draw to Hungary and has openly stated that the team is fit to win Euro 2020.

Team formation: 4-3-1-2

Possible Starting Lineup.

Forwards Kylian Mbappe (CF) & Karim Benzema (CF)

Attacking mid Antoine Griezmann (AM)

Midfielders Adrien Rabiot (CM) Ng’olo Kante (CDM) Paul Pogba (CM).

Defenders Lucas Digne (LB) Presnel Kimpembe (CB) Raphael Varane (CB) Benjamin Pavard (RB)

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Injured/doubtful players: Ousmane Dembélé due to Knee injury expected Early August.

Head-to-head

Portugal 1 win, 1 Draw, 3 Wins France.

Match Prediction

Draw (3.20)

BTTS NO (1.83)

Under 2.5 goals (1.69).