Portugal vs France Predictions and Betting :
This Sunday Portugal will take on France in Group C match of Nations League 2020. It is interesting for the fact that Fernando Santos' men are the inaugural edition winners of Nations League whereas Didier Deschamps' France are FIFA World Cup Champions.
Portugal will be hosting Les Bleus at Estádio da Luz, officially named Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon.
The last time these two teams met was in October when the battle ended in neither of them scoring. Nonetheless, it will be see who will top the table after this intense game.
Portugal vs France Predictions and Betting Tips
Portugal vs France Predictions and Betting : Recent form
The World Cup winners have been on a winning streak themselves in the recent times. The France have been unbeaten in the last 12 games with their last loss coming against Turkey in June 2019.
Unlike their poor run in the inaugural edition of the Nations League, the France team have done a decent job in the first 4 games with 3 wins a draw and are at 2nd spot in Group 3 of League A.
They started off their campaign with a win against Sweden and Croatia which was followed by a goal less draw and a third win against Croatia in mid-October. They have scored 16 goals in the last 6 outings accounting to 2.67 per game.
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 are trying to replicate their 2018 performance once again in this season and are on the way for their 2nd Nations League victory. They are currently at the top of the table in Group 3 of League A with 3 wins in 4 games.
They had an emphatic win against FIFA runners-up Croatia in the first game and followed it up with a strong performance against Sweden. Barring the draw game against France, they scored yet another easy victory against Sweden in October. They have scored 11 games in the last 6 games.
Portugal vs France Predictions and Betting : Head-to-head
Recent meeting: France drew with Portugal in a UEFA Nations League fixture.
France vs Portugal News Buzz
Portugal boss Fernando Santos reveals he will NOT start fab four of Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Felix, Diogo Jota and Bernardo Silva together in clash with France
The World Champions France was stunned by Finland recently in International Friendlies. Finland defeated France by 2-0 goals on Wednesday.
Portugal vs France Predictions and Betting : Offensive and defensive stats
The France will start with a 4-3-1-2 combination that has worked for them to win crucial games. The hosts 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, Mbappe and Martial.
The Barcelona Forward Antoine Griezmann will be a prime part of the attack who regularly scores for the team. He has 11 goals and 2 assists in the last 20 games along with 84.1% pass completion and 0.9 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 84.1% pass success, 1.4 shots on target, 0.5 key pass and 0.9 dribbles per game along with 2 goals, 2 assists in 11 outings.
Kylian Mbappe adds a lot of quality to this side who has 14 goals and 6 assists in 18 games along with 83.3% pass accuracy and 3.7 shots on target.
Portugal’s attack is carried by one of the all-time greats Cristiano Ronaldo. He has netted on 9 occasions along with 2 assists in 10 matches. He has 83.7% 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 8 goals and 3 assists along with creating 3.1 shots on target per game so far. His passing is impressive at 81.7% success and creates 1.2 key passes per game.
Bernardo Silva has been involved in a goal and an assist in 4 games whereas Diogo Jota has 10 goals and an assist in 15 matches.
The French defense looks a lot better on paper with Lenglet, Varane and Upamecano guarding the post.
Clemet Lenglet is an excellent passer, very good tackler and controls the pace of the game. He has a goal, 91.5% pass completion along with 2 clears and 0.4 blocks per game in the last few games.
Upamaceno is a young player with a lot of potential and counter attacks well for the team. He has won an average of 2.3 aerial duels, has 87.3% pass success and is a master in tackling and interceptions with 2.3 tackles and 1.2 interceptions per game so far.
Raphael Varane 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 90.6% pass completion and enjoys 2.2 interceptions per match.
The Portuguese 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 89.7% pass success and is great in aerial duels winning 2.7 per game so far. He also has 1.5 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 3.9 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 92.9% pass success,2.1 aerials won per game and has 3.5 clears per game which is exceptional. The duo will be supported by Cancelo and Guerreiro at the either extreme.
Portugal vs France Predictions and Betting Analysis
The match between Portugal and France is scheduled on 14th October at 8.45 pm local time. Just like the last meeting, the clash is expected to be closer with both teams looking to score important points to lead the group.
According to the betting platforms and prediction experts, the game is remarkably close with Portugal having the slightest of edge over the away team.