POR vs FRA Dream11: The finalists of the of Euro 2016 Portugal and France will once again be locking horns, but this time for a Group F fixture at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium. Portugal did start off their current campaign in grand manner as they beat Hungary 3-0. However, they were then put top the sword against Germany as they lost 4-2. Portugal’s defeat made them slip to the 3rd spot in the group, while, Germany leap fogged them to second.
France, on the other hand are at the top of the pile, but will be extremely disappointed with their draw to Hungary in their last game. Most fans expected France to register a comprehensive win against the Hungarians, especially after they beat heavyweights Germany 1-0 in their first game. Both France and Portugal will be keen on bagging maximum points in order to gather momentum, before heading into the Round of 16.
Date: June 24, Thursday
Kick-Off: 12:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Ferenc Puskas Stadium
The game will be broadcasted live on the Sony Sport Network, and can be streamed on Sonly Liv and Jio TV.
Head to Head
From the last six meetings between the two sides, it’ France who has had the upper hand with four wins in contrast to Portugal’s one win. One game has ended on level terms as well.
Injury Report and Unavailability: Joao Cancelo was recently tested positive for COVID-19 and misses out,
Expected Changes and Strategy: R Patricio should be starting in at goal, while, N Semedo, Pepe, R Dias and R Gurreiro could line up in defence. D Pereira, W Carvalho, R Silv and B Fernandes should be filling in at midfield. D Jota and C Ronaldo are anticipated to lead the attack.
Rui Patrício; Nélson Semedo, Pepe, Rúben Dias, Raphaël Guerreiro; Danilo Pereira, William Carvalho, Rafa Silva, Bruno Fernandes Diogo, Jota; Cristiano Ronaldo
Injury Report and Unavailability: Ousmane Dembele is ruled out due to an injury.
Expected Changes and Strategy: H Lloris should be starting in at goal, while, B Pavard, R Varane, P Kimpembe and L Hernandez could line up in defence. P Pogba, N’Golo Kante and Andrien Rabiot are expected to feature in the midfield region. Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmanna and Kylian Mbappe could lead the attack up front.
Hugo Lloris; Benjamin Pavard, Raphaël Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernández; Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté, Adrien Rabiot; Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe
Cristiano Ronaldo is touted to score the first goal for Portugal as per the odds by 7/2. The Portuguese captain has three goals and an assist from the last two games, and is also in charge of the set pieces.
The odds in favor of Antonnie Griezmann to score a goal for France are 21/4. Griezmann scored a goal against Hungary in the last game, has a pass accuracy of 85%, and is also in charge of the set pieces.
Diogo Jota has a goal, an assist, and a pass accuracy of 74.5% from the two games in the tournament so far. The odds in favor of Jota to score a goal for Portugal are 15/2.
Kylian Mbappe can pack a punch in the final third region for France. In spite of not scoring a goal in the tournament yet, Mbappe has looked threatening on the attack. The 21 year old scored over 30 goals for PSG last season.
The addition of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante in midfield can earn the user significant points, courtesy their passing range and interception rate.
GK: R Paticio
DEF: B Pavard, P Kimpembe, R Gurreiro
MID: N’Golo Kante, P Pogba, R Sanches, R Silva
FOR: A Greizmann, C Ronaldo, K Mbappe
Both Portugal and France have star personals who have an influence in the game. However, it’s France who look to be the more cohesive unit, which is why the POR vs FRA Today Match Prediction odds are in favor of France to get the win by 23/20 as per bet365.