The group stages of this year’s European Championships are nearing its end, with 12 teams already having cemented their place in the knockouts and a further 4 teams to be determined today on the final match-day of the group stage in the tournament.
On the last match day today we will see the blockbuster group F fixture of the Euro 2016 Final rematch, featuring World Cup winners France and 2016 Euro Champions Portugal, with Portugal still having to win or draw to secure their qualification and France eyeing the top spot. Here are our predictions for the France Vs Portugal game, which is to be played at a full house Puskas Arena in Budapest.
Portugal Vs France Match Details
Match: Portugal Vs France
Timings: 19:00 in GMT, 00:30 in IST, 21:00 CET
Date: 23rd June (CET and GMT) and 24th June IST
Venue: Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary.
Previous Meetings between Portugal and France
France and Portugal had faced each other on 13 occasions previously, with France having the distinct upper hand with 11 wins compared to Portugal’s one and the other ending in a draw. However, Portugal had emerged the victorious side only when it mattered the most, in the 2016 Euro Finals. The last time two teams met each other was in the Nation’s League Group stage back in 2020, which France had won 1-0 via a N’Golo Kante goal.
Portugal Vs France Prediction
Portugal are placed third in the ‘group of death’ Group F, with three points from their two matches, with a 3-0 win against Hungary on their opening match, followed by a 2-4 defeat to a rampant Germany. The match against Germany was quite equally contested but Germany came out as winners thanks to their better conversion rate, with both teams managing almost similar attempts on goal. Portugal will qualify for the Knockouts with a win or a draw and and hence will be in hope the of a positive result. Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo looks in good form with 3 goals from the two outings, with Bernardo Silva and Diego Jota also in good touch, but it will be an arduous task for the Seleçãos in their 2016 Euro Cup Final rematch featuring France, against whom they have only managed a single win from 12 occasions.
France, on the other hand, are at the top of group F standings with 4 points from 2 matches, after a win against Germany in their inaugural Euro 2020 match and a rather disheartening 1-1 draw against Hungary in their previous fixture. The Les Blues have already made sure of their qualification, but will be hoping to top the group with a good result against Portugal, for a favourable fixture in the upcoming rounds. With an all round balanced squad with world class talents in every sections, the 2018 World Champions are the favourites once again this time, and hence this match has every element to be a fiesty fixture.
Who Will Win Today’s Match
France, courtesy to their results against Portugal in the recent past and with the quality they possess in their ranks, are the clear favourites coming to this match against Portugal, but the Seleçãos also have some game changers in Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes and some in form players who can shift the tide of the match in their favour in the blink of an eye. We are predicting a 1-0 narrow win for France but anything can happen at any moment from such a fixture, which provides the main essence of football, it’s uncertainty.
Final Prediction: Portugal 0-1 France