WHAT: Euro 2020, Group F, Round 3
LINE: Portugal +300 | Draw +185 | France +125
KICK OFF: Wednesday, June 23rd, 3PM EST
WHERE: Ferenc Puskas, Budapest, Hungary
WATCH: ESPN, Univision, TUDN
The last time these two met in this competition was the final of Euro 2016. The game was settled in injury time, with Eder scoring from distance to win it for Portugal 1-0.
Both sides come into their final group game off poor results. World Champions France were held 1-1 by Hungary in Budapest with Kylian Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann, and Karim Benzema all wasting good chances. Portugal were smashed 4-2 by Germany despite going 1-0 on 15 minutes with this brilliant counter-attack.
A win for France will see them win the group. Portugal currently sits in third on three points, and that might be enough to qualify for the Knockout Stage as one of the four third-best placed teams as long as Hungary doesn’t beat Germany. They are in the fortunate position of playing last and will know exactly what is required to progress.
Here are links to High Press Soccer’s Euro 2020 Group Guides.
Euro 2020 Group A Preview: Italy, Switzerland, Turkey and Wales
Euro 2020 Group B Preview: Belgium, Denmark, Finland and Russia
Euro 2020 Group C Preview: Austria, Netherlands, North Macedonia and Ukraine
Eur0 2020 Group D Preview: Croatia, Czech Republic, England and Scotland
Euro 2020 Group E Preview: Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden
Euro 2020 Group F Preview: France, Germany, Hungary and Portugal
PORTUGAL POSSIBLE STARTING XI
I think the only change Fernando Santos will make is to bring Renato Sanches in for William Carvalho. For those of you not familiar with Sanches at 18-years-old, he was one of the best players at Euro 2016, winning UEFA’s young player of the tournament and helping his country lift their first-ever European Championship.
With the world at his feet, he joined Bayern Munich in a big-money move, but it didn’t work out, and he looked a shadow of his former self at Swansea, who he joined on loan for the 2017/18 season. Sanches joined Lille in 2019 and has rebuilt his reputation, helping them lift the Ligue 1 title this season.
PORTUGAL EURO 2020 ROSTER
MANAGER: Fernando Santos
GK: Rui Patrício (Wolves), Anthony Lopes (Olympique Lyonnais), Rui Silva (Granada)
DEF: João Cancelo (Manchester City), Nélson Semedo (Wolves), José Fonte (Lille OSC), Pepe (FC Porto), Rúben Dias (Manchester City), Nuno Mendes (Sporting CP), Raphaël Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)
MID: Danilo Pereira (PSG), João Palhinha (Sporting CP), Rúben Neves (Wolves), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), João Moutinho (Wolves), Renato Sanches (Lille OSC), Sérgio Oliveira (FC Porto), William Carvalho (Real Betis)
FWD: Pedro Goncalves (Sporting CP), André Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia), João Félix (Atlético Madrid), Rafa Silva (SL Benfica)
FRANCE POSSIBLE STARTING XI
Didier Deschamps will hand Corentin Tolisso his first start of the tournament. The Bayern midfielder is more disciplined than Adrien Rabiot positioning-wise, which will allow N’Golo Kanté to shuttle and press Portugal’s midfield like he has done so well for Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel.
With Portugal posing much more of an attacking threat, Lucas Hernández will start at left-back. Lucas Digne was brought in for his attacking qualities and delivery against Hungary, who France were expected to beat comfortably.
Ousmane Dembélé will play no further part in the tournament. The Barcelona forward came on in the 57th minute and was subbed off 30 minutes later after suffering a knee injury.
FRANCE EURO 2020 ROSTER
MANAGER: Didier Deschamps
GK: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Olympique de Marseille), Mike Maignan (Lille OSC)
Defenders: Lucas Digne (Everton), Léo Dubois (Olympique Lyonnais), Lucas Hernández (Bayern Munich), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Jules Koundé (Sevilla), Clément Lenglet (Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea)
Midfielders: N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea), Thomas Lemar (Atlético Madrid), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern. Munich)
Forwards: Wissam Ben Yedder (AS Monaco), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona), Kylian Mbappé (PSG), Marcus Thuram (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
PORTUGAL VS FRANCE BETTING TIP
Let me take you back to August 2020 when Bayern Munich beat Barcelona 8-2 in the Champions League Quarterfinals. Bayern’s left-back Alphonso Davies ran riot down his side of the pitch. In Portugal’s last game Germany’s left-wingback Robin Gosens scored and provided the crosses for two of the goals.
Coincidence Nélson Semedo played right-back in both of those games………I don’t think so! I have big doubts about his ability against elite players and he will be up against one of the world’s best in Kylian Mbappé.
Put your money behind France’s superstar finding joy down Portugal’s right.
BETTING TIP: Kylian Mbappé To Score Anytime +188 | Kylian Mbappé To Give An Assist +325 | Nélson Semedo To Get Booked +300
Back France to win who will be fired up for this match. I can’t see Deschamps’s side faltering two games in a row and Germany exposed Portugal’s fragility at the back.
BETTING TIP: France Money Line +125
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