Title holders Portugal take on reigning world champions France in a crucial Euro 2020 Group F clash at the Puskas Arena in Budapest on Wednesday. Who will claim all three points. This post contains our our Portugal vs France betting preview with predictions, expert tips, line-ups, team news, best odds, how to watch the game and betting offers!
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How to watch Portugal v France
This heavyweight clash is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.
The match will be held at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest, Hungary.
Portugal vs France will be televised on BBC One for free. UK viewers will be able to watch the match online via the BBC iPlayer.
Portugal vs France Betting PreviewPortugal opened their Euro 2020 campiagn with a 3-0 victory over Hungary - with all the goals coming in the final minutes of the game. Anyway, they currently find themselves outside of the top two after a thrilling 4-2 defeat to Germany. That defeat against Germany was only their third since they lost to Uruguay at the World Cup, a run stretching 31 games now. Should they fail to beat France here, Fernando Santos' men will have to hope that they progress as one of the best third-placed teams. Anyway, the 2016 European champions will be eliminated from the tournament if they lose and a buoyant Hungary beat Germany. The Seleçao have never failed to make it out of the group stage during their previous seven appearances at the European Championships.
France remain at the top of the rankings despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Hungary on matchday two and will progress in first place with victory on Wednesday. Les Blues beat Germany 1-0 in Munich in their Euro 2020 opening clash, a result that guarantee them to finish at least third in the group. Les Blues have suffered just one defeat in the last 22 outings. France and Portugal are locking horns five years after Eder's effort propelled the Seleçao to Euro 2016 glory in the final, but Didier Deschamps' men gained a measure of revenge with a 1-0 Nations League win over the holders in Lisbon back in November 2020. The reverse match played in Paris finished 0-0.
Best Odds & Price BoostsFrance, who play in front of their own fans, are favourites to get all three points (12/5 with Betway). Betfred offer 12/5 for the draw while "Portugal to win" is backable at 7/5 with Unibet.
Portugal are 29/10 (WH) to win on Wednesday, with France 13/10 (BetVictor) to claim victory in the match. A draw is priced at 2/1 at Betfred.
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Probable Line-UpsPortugal (4-3-3): Patricio; Semedo, Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro; Pereira, Sanches, Fernandes; R.Silva, Ronaldo, Jota
Fernando Santos will be again without the services of Joao Felix (hamstring) and Nuno Mendes (thigh). Rafa Silva and Renato Sanches are the most likely candidates to benefit from some rotation with William Carvalho and Bernardo Silva likely to make way. The four man backline, formed by Nelson Semedo, Ruben Dias, Pepe and Raphael Guerreiro, will remain unchanged.
France (4-3-3): Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez; Kante, Pogba, Tolisso; Griezmann; Mbappe, Benzema
Ousmane Dembele sustained a knee injury after coming on as a sub against Hungary and will miss the remaining of the tournament. Lucas Hernandez should return at left-back after Lucas Digne failed to impress last time out. The front trio formed by Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema has also underperformed so far but they are all expected to retain their starting berth. Didier Deschamps does have alternatives up front in Olivier Giroud, Kingsley Coman and Wissam Ben Yedder. Corentin Tolisso should replace Adrien Rabiot in midfield.
Portugal v France Predictions
A draw will likely be enough for both teams to qualify, but we believe France can exploit the Seleçao defensive weaknesses, like Germany did few days ago. We expect Les Blues bouncing back from their underwhelming result last time out and beat Portugal. Ww also expect Kylian Mbappe to shine in a 3-1 victory, although recent games between these two European powerhouses have been low-scoring affairs.
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