WHAT: Euro 2020, Group F, Round 2
LINE: Portugal +225 | Draw +235 | Germany +130
KICK OFF: Saturday, June 19th, 12PM EST
WHERE: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
WATCH: ESPN, ESPN+, Univision, TUDN
Avoiding defeat should be enough for Portugal to qualify for the knockout stages of Euro 2020. Fernando Santos’s side got off to the perfect start in their campaign with a 3-0 victory over Hungary. All three goals came after 84 minutes, and Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace made him the all-time leading goalscorer at the European Championship finals.
Germany have to get something from his game after losing 1-0 to France in their opening match. Pressure is mounting on Joachim Löw, who steps down as German national coach after this tournament. Critics are calling for him to scrap his 3-4-3 system, switch to a back four and move Joshua Kimmich into central midfield.
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
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PORTUGAL POSSIBLE STARTING XI
Santos will stick with the same Starting XI and system that beat Hungary 3-0. Diego Jota and Bernando Silva remain the best options to play either side of Ronaldo, who needs players around him to do his pressing and running.
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)
GERMANY POSSIBLE STARTING XI
Löw needs to switch to a back four, drop ilkay Gündogan, and move Kimmich into central midfield alongside Leon Goretzka, who is now available. These two have been brilliant for Bayern Munich, and Germany needs their energy and tenacity in the middle of the pitch.
I would start Timo Werner upfront on the left-hand side. Portugal are weakest on the right side of their defense with Nelson Semedo and 38-year-old Pepe. Werner’s running, pressing, and pace can cause them problems. Serge Gnabry sat out training on Thursday. It was likely just a precaution as the 26-year-old has a history of dealing with fatigue and muscular injuries.
GERMANY EURO 2020 ROSTER
MANAGER: Joachim Löw
GK: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Arsenal), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt)
DEF: Matthias Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea), Robin Gosens (Atalanta), Christian Günter (SC Freiburg), Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), Robin Koch (Leeds United), Niklas Süle (Bayern Munich)
MID: ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Emre Can (Borussia Dortmund), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Kai Havertz (Chelsea), Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Leroy Sané (Bayern Munich), Florian Neuhaus (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
FWD: Timo Werner (Chelsea), Kevin Volland (AS Monaco)
PORTUGAL VS GERMANY BETTING TIPS
A draw would suit both sides here, and I think that’s what we’ll see. 4 points should be enough to qualify as one of the four third best teams, and Löw’s side will fancy themselves to beat Hungary. With Group F playing their Round 3 games last, Germany and Portugal will know exactly what they need to do to reach the Knockout Stages.
BETTING TIP: Draw +235
Both sides will start this game defensively and feel each other out. Neither will want to concede early, so back the first half to end goalless.
BETTING TIP: First Half Under 0.5 Goals +185
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