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Euro 2020: Portugal vs France Preview

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Euro 2020: Portugal vs France Preview

Portugal will aim to progress through to the knockout stages and defend their European Champions title against the current World Cup Champions and Group F leaders France tonight at 8pm at the Puskas Arena in Hungary.

Portuguese youngsters Joao Felix and Nuno Mendes who are yet to feature at the tournament are doubts for this match as they continue their recovery from muscular injuries. Man City Defender Ruben Dias will miss the next match if he receives a booking.

French attacker Ousmane Dembele has been ruled out of the tournament after picking up a knee injury in the game against Hungary. Where as Lucas Hernandez is expected to be available after a small knock.

 

Portugal predicted XI: Patricio; Semedo, Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro; Pereira, Sanches, Fernandes; B.Silva, Ronaldo, Jota

France predicted XI: Lloris; Kounde, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez; Kante, Pogba, Tolisso; Griezmann; Mbappe, Benzema

 

Match Facts

Head-to-head

  • In the last 4 fixtures between these two nations, there has only been 3 goals.
  • Portugal’s win over France in the 2016 European Championships was their only win in 13 games against France. Losing the other eleven and drawing one.

 

Portugal

  • Portugal’s defeat to Germany last week was just their third loss in their last 31 games. (W19, D9)
  • It was also the first time a the reigning European Champions to concede four goals at the next tournament.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo only needs one more goal in order to become the outright European top goal scorer at major tournaments. He is currently on 19 goals, equalling Germany forward Miroslav Klose.

 

France

  • France are unbeaten in their last 9 games at major tournaments.
  • They have drawn their last group match at their past three major tournaments.
  • Attacker Antoine Griezmann has now scored seven goals at the Euros. Only two players have more. (Platini 9, Ronaldo 11)

 

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