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
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.
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.
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
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Posted on 09 Oct 2020, 10:39 IST