Here is our exclusive Portugal vs France match preview. In the 5th game week of the UEFA Nations League, the defending Champions Portugal will be hosting the World Champions France in Group A3 at Estadio da Luz. The Europe Champions and Nations League Champions Portugal are pumped up for this exciting match as they beat Andorra 7-0 while the World Champions France faced a shocking defeat to Finland by 2-0. Both the teams secured 10 points from their first four games. In their last head to head encounter in the 1st leg of Nations league fixture, the match ended in a goalless draw.
Portugal Vs France Match Preview: Match Details
- Venue: Estadio da Luz
- Date: 14 November 2020
- Timing: 7:45 PM (BST)
- Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)
- Assistant Referees: Mike Pickel and Christian Gittelmann (GER)
- Fourth official: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Portugal Vs France Match Preview: Team News and Lineups
Both the teams rested their preferred starting lineup in the warmup matches last weekend to keep the players fit from the congested schedule set by UEFA during this pandemic situation. So it is expected that both the teams will be out with all their guns blazing and look to move further in the tournament.
Rui Patricio is likely to be back under the sticks. In defense Ruben Dias, Raphael Guerreiro, and Joao Cancelo will be returning to the starting lineup. William Carvalho, Danilo Perreira, and Bruno Fernandes will be making up the midfield and Ronaldo will be accompanied by Bernardo Silva and Joao Felix in the front three. No injuries reported from the Portuguese camp. Here is the expected lineup for Portugal.
Hugo Lloris will be replacing Steve Mandanda in goal. Raphael Varane and Lucas Hernandez are most likely to start alongside Lenglet and Dubois after being given a rest in the last warm-up match. In midfield, Kante might be featuring in the team sheet. Martial and Antoine Griezmann are likely to start the match. As per the latest news, Kingsley Coman is fit enough to feature in the team list and might also replace Marcus Thurram.
Kylian Mbappe is still a doubt whether he will be available before the match or not. This could be a heavy blow for the France National Team. Here is the expected lineup for France.
France:- W W W W W L
Portugal:- W W D D W W
Head to Head Stats
Portugal and France have met 26 times before tomorrow’s encounter and the French winning 18 times and Portugal only secured to win 6 of them and 2 games ended in draws.
In the clash of World Champions and Europe Champions it would be impossible to predict a sureshot winner or scoreline but still considering the current form and team strength our prediction is Portugal 2-1 France.
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