POR vs FRA Dream11: Portugal welcome France to the Estadio da Luz for their second meeting in the UEFA Nations League A. The first meeting was a 0-0 stalemate in a rather cagey affair. Both teams sit atop the table 3 wins and a draw in but Portugal has the upper hand due to the higher goal difference. Portugal is unbeaten in their last 8 games with big wins against the likes of Sweden, Croatia and Andorra. As for France, the 2-0 loss to Finland put a dampener on an otherwise good run of results including a 7-1 thrashing of Ukraine and a 4-2 win over Croatia.
Fixture name & competition: Portugal vs France, UEFA Nations League
Date & Time: 15th November, 1:15 am (IST)
Venue: Estadio da Luz, Lisbon
POR – WDDWW
FRA – WWDWL
Head-to-head (last five meetings): France have had the upper hand with 3 wins in their last 5 games but Portugal have won 1 and drawn 1 as well.
Last meeting: France 0-0 Portugal (UEFA Nations League A, 11th October 2020)
Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network, Sony Liv
A) Portugal Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Fernando Santos’ side are injury-free and do not have any doubtful players either.
Expected changes: A lot of first-time players were rested for their clash against Andorra and most familiar faces will return for the POR vs FRA Dream11 Prediction. Rui Patricio will return in between the sticks, replacing Anthony Lopes with Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Jose Fonte and Raphael Guerreiro returning in defence. Manchester United star-man, Bruno Fernandes, will be the force in midfield alongside Danilo Periera and William Carvalho. Paulinho and Pedro Neto impressed against Andorra but will most likely be replaced by Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Felix although they will come off the bench in case of a deadlock.
POR Playing 11 (probable):
Rui Patricio (GK)
B) France Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Didier Deschamps will be without Benjamin Pavard, Kingsley Coman and Presnel Kimpembe all through injuries.
Doubtful: France does not have any doubtful players.
Expected changes: Like Portugal, France played a second-string side against Finland and will make a lot of changes. Hugo Lloris will return in goal ahead of Steve Mandanda with Raphael Varane and Lucas Hernandez replacing Kurt Zouma and Lucas Digne. N’Golo Kante will retake his place in the lineup with Paul Pogba keeping his spot in midfield. Steven Nzonzi will be eyeing for a place but Corentin Tolisso is likely to start. Anthony Martial made a positive impact after coming off the bench against Finland with Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe rejoining the team.
FRA Playing 11 (probable):
Hugo Lloris (GK)
POR vs FRA Today Prediction: Who will win POR vs FRA Dream11 match today
The bookies are favouring a Portugal win with Coral and Betway offering odds of 2.35 and 2.30 respectively. A France win is placed at 3.20 but they will still fancy their chances and look to get the win when they travel to Lisbon. Portugal is unbeaten in their last 8 games, winning 6 of them and will be very confident going into the POR vs FRA Today Match Prediction. Fernando Santos’ men will be happy with a draw away to France and a win at home will see them top the table with a 3 point lead in a bid to defend their Nations League trophy.
Captain Options –
Cristiano Ronaldo – One of the greatest players the world has ever seen, Ronaldo is still going strong at 35. Despite testing positive for Covid-19, he has still managed to score 6 goals and provide 2 assists in all competitions for Juventus in just 5 starts. He has 2 goals in two starts for Portugal in the Nations League and came off the bench against Andorra and grabbed a goal and an assist.
Bruno Fernandes – Fernandes has had an excellent start to the season with 6 goals and 5 assists in just 9 starts for Manchester United. He put in a man of the match performance against Everton last week where 2 goals and an assist saw United come from behind to win 3-1. He also has created 23 chances and provided 20 key passes which is the most of any player in the Premier League.
Joao Felix – Joao Felix has had a great start to the season and is just one goal away from matching his La Liga tally from last season. He has a total of 7 goals and 2 assists in 8 starts. For Portugal, the youngster has 2 goals and an assist in 4 starts, including a goal coming off the bench against Andorra. He has a goal-contributions to minutes ratio of 69 minutes per contribution.
Antoine Griezmann – Griezmann is still struggling with his form for Barcelona but he gets his game face on while representing the Les Bleus. He has two goals and an assist for France in 4 starts in the Nations League. He has also created 15 goal scoring chances while maintaining a passing accuracy of 84%.
Kylian Mbappe – Kylian Mbappe can not stop scoring at the moment with 7 goals and 6 assists in just 7 starts all season. Mbappe has provided 15 key passes and created 21 chances for Paris Saint Germain. In the last 3 games alone, he has 3 goals in 2 assists. For France, Mbappe has 3 goals and an assist in 2 starts, including a goal and assist off the bench against Ukraine.
Leo Dubois – Playing at right-back, Leo Dubois has been excellent for club and country of late, as he helped Lyon to the semi-finals of the Champions League last season. This season he has provided 27 key passes and created 27 chances which are impressive for a player in defence. He has also put in 25 accurate crosses and succeeded 80% of his tackles.
Differential picks –
William Carvalho – Playing in defensive midfield, William Carvalho has been impressive for club and country. He has 2 goals in 6 starts while creating 10 goal scoring chances. He has a pass accuracy of 87% and has 2 assists in 2 starts for Portugal. He has also succeeded 80% of his dribbles and 75% of his tackles.
Anthony Martial – Anthony Martial has been desperate to do well for his national team and will not let this opportunity slide. While he has yet to find his rhythm in the Premier League this season, he has 2 goals and an assist in the Champions League this season. He also looked quite impressive when he came off the bench against Finland.