Ronaldo and Mbappe to shine in Paris clash tonight – Nations League predictions – The Sun


The Premier League is enjoying a well-deserved weekend and international football takes center stage.

There is plenty of action to choose from around the world and we bring you betting tips on two other huge matches, starting with the Nations League clash between France and Portugal in Paris.

Ronaldo continues to break recordsCredit: Reuters

France v Portugal, TODAY 7:45 p.m. (Sky Sports)

A real treat in Paris as the world champions face the winners of the Nations League and the Euro at the Stade de France.

And the hosts didn’t half watch the game against Croatia, making it two out of two wins in this 2020 edition of the Nations League thanks to a 4-2 victory.

They weren’t bad either in Ukraine’s 7-1 midweek demolition.

Their last loss came in the middle of last year, when they slipped to a Euro qualifying loss against Turkey.

Since then it has been an extremely impressive form race from Didier Descamps and they look set for another race in this title.

Portugal, however, has the advantage with Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Eternal Wonder continues to beat goals for club and country, winning their 100th and 101st international strikes against Sweden.

The Portuguese took this tournament very seriously last time around and they are here again, beating two out of two wins.

Something must then give way in the French capital, France having won four of the last five H2H between the two nations.

  Mbappe is our choice to find the net in France against Portugal4
Mbappe is our choice to find the net in France against PortugalCredit: Reuters

Despite the goals scored in all four games so far, we don’t necessarily see the same here.

Both defenses are superb and the Portuguese limited a talented Croatian side to just four shots in their opening group game.

No chance that they will be at the end of the same punishment as the Ukrainians.

The bookies have taken note and under 2.5 goals is a tiny 8/15, which is worth putting your weekend accumulators in to complete the comeback.

We don’t expect a goal party then, but we think Portugal will be a real thorn in the French side all evening.

Ronaldo is a 6/4 trying to score his 102nd international goal and we will never discourage you from supporting him at a price like this.

  How Messi and Ronaldo stack up against each other in head-to-head battles4
How Messi and Ronaldo stack up against each other in head-to-head battles

But for more value, trust Portugal to win IS half to a giant 27/20.

We can see that this is a close and tactical meeting and we can expect France to know.

The last time they didn’t was in September 2017, when Luxembourg broke a miracle 40/1 deadlock on this pitch.

Kylian Mbappe played that day as the French lost 32 shots on goal.

He retired from the bench midweek and will be as fresh as a daisy for this one, with four out of five games for club and country since the restart.

At 5/4, he is the man to play for Les Bleus.

SunSport’s best bets

  • Portugal will win EITHER half: 27/20 (BET HERE)
  • Ronaldo inscrit le 102e but international: 6/4 (BET HERE)
  • Mbappe on scoresheet at any time: 5/4 (BET HERE)

Bolivia v Argentina, Tuesday 9 p.m.

Argentina’s qualifying campaigns are never boring.

What is the bet that Lionel Messi retires at the end of it?

The little maestro is back for another chance at the World Cup – and let’s face it, this could be his last chance.

After a torturous summer off the pitch, all eyes are on Messi as he returns home to try to lead Argentina to the 2022 final.

He will be 35 by then and it will likely be the last-ditch show if he wants to catch that illusory gong.

It has been over three years since these nations last met, with Bolivia losing the shock 2-0 in yet another World Cup qualifier.

Messi was in the stands that day, serving a four-match ban for yelling obscenities at a match official.

See, I told you it was never boring.

But when you look further back it becomes clear who has the story on their side.

La Albiceleste have won four of the last five meetings between the nations, with all victories coming without conceding a goal.

It’s an impressive record – and with a Messi loaded in the XI, we expect them to continue that on Tuesday.

  2022 World Cup could be Messi's last chance to lift the trophy4
2022 World Cup could be Messi’s last chance to lift the trophyCredit: Getty – Contributor

Bolivia won their last game, a friendly against Haiti which defeated them 3-1.

Sounds good, right?

Long before that they had lost EIGHT on the spin and has not won a competitive match since defeating Chile 1-0 in September 2017.

Things look bleak then for the home side at the altitude of La Paz.

And we think it will be a comfortable win for the away team in a game that really matters.

Flip Argentina to win without conceding a huge XX

As we have already seen, it is a winner in four of the last five H2H.

And over 2.5 goals – which has happened in three of the last five clashes – is a money maker on Tuesday night.

Messi is once again the focal point of his country, but it has been more than two years since his last hat-trick in an Argentina shirt.

He scored from the penalty spot in Friday night’s 1-0 win over Ecuador, which gave the Argentines’ qualifying campaign a winning start.

At a hefty 15/2 price tag, the little man’s three goals are worth a quid as the Barca superstar seeks to show the world he’s still the force he was.

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