France vs Portugal predictions and betting : The UEFA Nations league is at an interesting phase where every team has played two matches with their last league games occurring this month. The League A, League B and League C are divided into four groups each where the top 48 teams of Europe participate to get hold of the prestigious trophy.
One such thrilling clash is on Sunday when France host Portugal in a League A Group 3 match that will decide the table toppers of their group. While the defending FIFA champions France are on a roll with two victories, the defending Nations League champions Portugal have got off to a flyer and looks determined to win it for the second consecutive time.
Nonetheless, the France would want to do much better than the 6th position last time around whereas Portugal look to take the confidence and momentum from the last edition.
France vs Portugal predictions and betting Tips
France vs Portugal predictions and betting : Recent Form
The Nations League is a great platform for the teams to prepare for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. All the national teams have been involved in international friendly games, but a competitive atmosphere like the one in Nations League brings the best in them.
The World Cup winners have been on a winning streak themselves in the recent times. The France have been unbeaten in the last 10 games with their last loss coming against Turkey in June 2019. The inaugural edition was a forgettable one for the team but it seems that they have come up strong and fresh with two out of two wins against Sweden and Croatia respectively.
They have also managed to net on 11 occasions in the last 6 games accounting to 1.83 goals per game and would like to replicate this in the upcoming games.
They have won their opening two matches against Sweden and Croatia and share equal points with Portugal.
Portugal had a poor world cup after a Round of 16 exit but compensated it with a great performance in the first season of the UEFA Nations League. Portugal have had their own share of success with five consecutive wins and a loss in their last six outings.
They started their title defense in the Nations League with a 4-1 victory against Croatia and dominated Sweden in the second match to top the table. With a tough game ahead, it will be a real test for the players to perform in big games for both the teams.
France vs Portugal predictions and betting : Head-to-head
Matches played: 6
The head-to-head looks like that the France have their opponent’s number on most occasions but one. In their most recent clash in July 2016, Portugal went on to beat France 1-0 in what was an intense duel between the sides.
Barring that, France have been the side to dominate this rivalry for years. On average the teams have scored 2.00 goals per match in direct contests. On the whole, it will be a treat for all the football fans on Sunday night.
France vs Portugal predictions and betting analysis: Offensive and defensive stats
The France will start with a 3-4-1-2 combination that has worked for them to win crucial games. The visitors on the other hand would go with a more comfortable 4-3-3 that gives them the right amount of defense and attack in a big match like this.
The France attack looks solid with the services of Griezmann, Martial and Ben Yedder.
The Barcelona Forward Antoine Griezmann will be a prime part of the attack who regularly scores for the team. He has 8 goals and an assist in the last 12 games along with 87% pass completion and 1.2 key passes that has led to a goal in the recent past.
Anthony Martial looks a bit out of touch for Man United but the France striker will have to find his best form against Portugal. He enjoys 86.2% pass success, 1.2 shots on target, 0.6 key pass and 0.6 dribbles per game in the last 5 outings.
Ben Yedder is a good inclusion who creates a lot of chances for the team and has 4 goals, 76% pass completion in 13 appearances.
Portugal’s attack is carried by one of the all-time greats Cristiano Ronaldo. He has netted on 6 occasions along with an assist in 6 matches. He has 87% pass success and can take the game away from the opposition on his day.
Joao Felix accompanies him in the frontline who is impressive with his finishing skills and holds on to the ball quite well. He has scored 2 goals and 2 assists along with creating 3.4 shots on target per game so far. His passing is impressive at 84.4% success and creates 1.2 key passes per game.
Bernardo Silva will finish this line-up for the team who has been quite rusty for the team and has a lot to improve in the coming games.
The Portugal backline consists of Pepe, Dias, Cancelo and Guerreiro who will have to do a great job to stop the French attack.
The veteran defender Pepe would want to play at his best for the team before he hangs his boots. He enjoys 91.6% pass success and is great in aerial duels winning 3 per game so far. He also has 2.4 tackles, 1.6 interceptions and 3.2 clears per game that has not let the other teams get away so easily.
Ruben Dias has been excellent in aerial duels and ball interception that he is an integral part of the side. He has 89.5% pass success,2.4 aerials won per game and has 3.8 clears per game which is exceptional.
The duo will be supported by Cancelo and Guerreiro at the either extreme.
The French defense looks a lot better on paper with Lenglet, Hernandez and Upamecano guarding the post.
Clemet Lenglet is a excellent passer, very good tackler and controls the pace of the game. He has a goal, 88.1% pass completion along with 1.7 clears and 0.7 blocks per game in the last 8 games.
Upamaceno is a young player with a lot of potential and counter attacks pretty well for the team. He has won an average of 2.4 aerial duels, has 88% pass success and is a master in tackling and interceptions with 1.9 tackles and interceptions per game so far.
Lucas Hernandez will be a huge support in holding on to the possession and tackling along with a set-piece threat for the opposition in corners. He has 79.2% pass completion and enjoys 3 tackles per match. Overall, it looks like the France side just edges out Portugal side on paper.
France vs Portugal predictions and betting Odds
The match between France and Portugal is scheduled on 11th October in the Stade de France . The betting platforms and prediction experts have backed France to take it with an outside chance given to Portugal to pull off a surprising win in France’s backyard. This match will be a decider as to who emerges on the top of the table after 3 games each.
The footballpredictions.com predicts both teams to score in the match. However, it predicts France to beat Portugal by 2-1 goals.
Sportsmole predict the match to end in 1-1 goal draw.
The betting odds for France is placed at 7/6 and the odds for Portugal stands at 3/1 in Oddschecker.