France vs Portugal predictions, preview, team news and more


The 2020-21 edition of the UEFA Nations League returns to the fold this weekend as France face Portugal in a high-octane match at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. The two European giants have maintained a perfect UEFA Nations League record so far and will want to win this match.France have won their first two matches against Croatia and Sweden and are only behind Portugal on goal difference. The reigning world champions beat Ukraine by a 7-1 margin earlier this week and will be filled to the brim with confidence heading into this game.

Portugal currently lead Group 3 in League A of European competition and have one of the most lethal attacking forces on the continent. Fernando Santos oversaw a 0-0 stalemate against Spain this week and will make some changes to his starting roster ahead of this game.

France vs Portugal head to head

France and Portugal have faced each other a total of 25 times on the international stage. The French have always been the dominant team in this game, winning 18 games against their opponents. Portugal have managed six wins and will want to make a statement with a win this weekend.

Portugal beat France to a victory in the Euro 2016 final and won their first major trophy on the international stage. The French will take revenge for this match and should line up their best eleven.

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France vs Portugal team news

Griezmann and Mbappe set to leave for France
Griezmann and Mbappe set to leave for France


France have no major injury problem as this match approaches and Didier Deschamps should line up his best roster. Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe are important players for France and will need to be at their best in this game. Clément Lenglet had an excellent match against Ukraine and should start this match.

Injured: No

Doubtful: No

Suspended: No

Portugal have a great team
Portugal have a great team


Fernando Santos has a team in great shape heading into this game and will count on his talismanic strikers to reach home plate against France. Portugal have a strong squad and will want to prove a point in this game.

Injured: No

Doubtful: No

Suspended: No

France vs Portugal XI predicted

France Prediction XI (4-3-1-2): Hugo Lloris; Lucas Digne, Raphael Varane, Clement, Benjamin Pavard; N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso; Antoine Griezmann; Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud

Portugal XI predicts (4-3-3): Rui Patricio; Raphael Guerrero, Ruben Dias, Pepe, Joao Cancelo; Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Bruno Fernandes; Bernardo Silva, Joao Felix, Cristiano Ronaldo

France vs Portugal prediction

France and Portugal are on a level playing field on paper and have players who can turn a game around in their time. Both teams have arguably the deadliest attacking forces in Europe and both defenses will need to be on high alert in this game.

France arguably have a better defensive line and will welcome Varane back into the starting XI for this game. Portugal, however, have the Cristiano Ronaldo talismanic and are well placed to take something away from this game.

Prediction: France 2-2 Portugal

Also read: Portugal 0-0 Spain: 5 talking points as the European giants play in a scoreless stalemate | International Friendly 2020
Posted on 09 Oct 2020, 10:39 IST


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