In the biggest fixture of this weekend’s Nations League, some of the world’s best players face off in what could potentially be an absolute blockbuster. Mitchell Wright previews this star-studded clash in the Stade de France and provides his best betting tips for the Sunday night showdown.
Who is playing?
France vs Portugal
What competition are France and Portugal playing in?
UEFA Nations Leauge
When is France vs Portugal?
19:45 GMT, Sunday 11th of October
What stadium is hosting France vs Portugal?
Stade de France, Paris, France
What channel is France vs Portugal on?
France vs Portugal Summary
These two international giants collide in their first meeting of this seasons UEFA Nations League. The rest of this group, group C, is made up by Sweden and Croatia, respectively.
France and Portugal met in the Euro 2016 final in Paris where a ‘Ronaldoless’ Portugal won the match 1-0 with the Portuguese super star acting as the new stand in coach while injured on the sidelines!
However, Les Blues at the next given opportunity showed the world they could reach their full potential, winning the 2018 World Cup in Russia. A thrilling 4-2 victory over Croatia secured the trophy for Les Bleus.
Both teams have been off to an incredible start in the group, winning both of their opening games on match day one and two.
France Team News and Form
Paul Pogba sees his return to Deschamps side after having to miss September international fixtures due to the coronavirus. Houssem Aouar also sees an international call up and a chance to make his debut. Aouar was a top transfer target of Arsenal throughout the summer transfer window, but with no agreement being made by the two clubs, he remains a Lyon player for the next few months at least.
Also making a return are three Bayern Munich players in Benjamin Pavard, Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso. Deschamps gave them a break from the September fixtures because of Bayerns extended season thanks to their Champions League triumph.
France put on two impressive performances in match day one and two, initially beating Sweden 1-0 away from home, before the world cup final rematch provided the same scoreline as it did in Russia with France coming out 4-2 winners over Croatia.
Portugal Team News and Form
Portugal has started their Nations League incredibly well. In Portugals last game out, a Cristiano Ronaldo brace saw the Legendary Goal scorer hit over a century for his international side. Becoming only of one two players in international history to hit treble figures. The other being Ali Daei of Iran, who holds the record with one hundred and nine.
Portugal begin these run of international fixtures with a friendly against Spain on Wednesday night at 19:45.
Despite Manchester United’s poor start to the Premier League season, Bruno Fernandes is one player for the Red Devils who has been playing well. The Portuguese playmaker has two goals and one assist in his three Premier League appearances so far. He is a key factor to Fernando Santos’s system. Being able to utilise Bruno’s exceptional on the ball talent with his work rate and tenacity makes Portugal a major force in international football.
France Last 5 Matches:
- Ukraine (H) 7-1 win
- Croatia (H) 4-2 win
- Sweden (A) 0-1 win
- Albania (A) 0-2 win
- Moldova (H) 2-1 win
- Turkey (H) 1-1 draw
Portugal Last 5 Matches:
- Sweden 0-2 Portugal
- Portugal 4-1 Croatia
- Luxemburg 0-2 Portugal
- Portugal 6-0 Lithiunia
- Ukraine 2-1 Portugal
France Top Scorers:
Olivier Giroud (39 International Goals) – The prolific Frenchman is a player who has always let his goals and stats do the talking. Although not regarded by many as a ‘elite’ tier player. Giroud has had a fantastic Premier League career for both Arsenal and Chelsea. The big mans physicality, mixed with his outstanding technical ability with his back to goal, makes him the perfect player to have the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann running off.
Antoine Griezmann (30 International goals) – Since his arrival at Barcelona at the beginning of last season, Griezmann is yet to live up to his £108 million price tag. Scoring only 9 goals in his 35 La Liga appearances, it isn’t the start that the Frenchman would have hoped for. However, his pure brilliance and raw talent are still unquestionable, and he’s a player that Deschamps has relied on time and time again.
Portugal Top Scorer:
Cristiano Ronaldo (101 International Goals) – Already mentioned once in this report, Ronaldo has become only the second ever player to score over one hundred international goals. Arguably the greatest to ever play the game, his historic impact on football will remain forever. Now with two international trophies to his name, Euro 2016 and Nations League 2019, at thirty-five Ronaldo has no plans to slow down soon.
- Olivier Giroud has the potential to move to second in Frances all time goalscorer list this weekend. He is currently two goals behind Michel Platini, who sits on forty-one.
- These two sides have only met twice in the past five years. France winning 1-0 in 2015 and Portugal winning 1-0 in 2016.
Mitchell’s Betting Tips
Cristiano Ronaldo has begun this season in a similar style to every other. Red hot. Juve’s number seven has three goals in two appearances as well as the brace he scored in Portugal’s September fixture against Sweden. Ronaldo anytime goal scorer at 5/2* with Mark Jarvis.
Neither France nor Portugal have failed to score a goal in any of their last 5 games. Get over 1.5 goals at 4/9* with Mark Jarvis.
I believe that the momentum this Portugal side has right now with Ronaldo on a mission to take Daei’s all time scorer record will prove too much for Les Bleus. Despite on paper having the better individuals, key players such as Pogba and Griezmann have really struggled to get going this season. Get Portugal to win at 3/1* with Mark Jarvis.
*Odds as of the time of writing (Tuesday 6th October 2020) are subject to change.
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