Preview and Prediction
One of the most anticipated matches in UEFA Nations League A is finally on schedule this weekend. It is a repeat of Euro 2016 final and a clash of two current World Cup and Euro winners. Les Blues and Seleccao de Aquinas have had a perfect record in their last two games. The latter has been able to score more and concede less than the former. No wonder that France feels obliged to pick up three points here, for revenge and ending Cristiano Ronaldo and Co’s series of positives result.
Both teams’ latest news
Les Blues were able to clinch another win over Croatia in the last game of Nations leagues France trashed Vatreni 4-2 at home. Despite conceding first by Dejan Lovren, they could reply four goals through Antoine Griezmann’s header, Dominic Livakovic’s own goal plus Dayot Upamecano’s goal and Olivier Giroud’s penalty. Josip Brekalo only managed to bag a consolation goal. In addition, this midweek, Deschamsps’ men had another win while hosting Ukraine on a friendly match.
Meanwhile, Portugal thumped Sweden 2-0 on the road in their last Nations League game. Cristiano Ronaldo was the man of the match with his brace. Yet, they could only muster a goalless draw while facing off Spain in a friendly fixture earlier this week.
Didier Deschamps tends to be opting for his adaptable 3-4-1-2 formation. Antoine Griezmann will be the plamaker behind the two forwards, Kylian Mbappe and Wissam Ben Yedder. Such seems to be improving his team’s form with more solid backline and attacking side.
Fernando Santos now prefers to employ 4-3-3 or 4-3-2-1 instead of 4-4-2 which brought them to win their first title in EURO 2016. Cristiano Ronaldo is still the targetman, supported by Diogo Jota and possibly Barcelona’s new signing, Trincao. Bruno Fernandes will be the anchor in the midfield to build up the attack.
Players to watch
Barcelona man Antoine Griezmann seems to be thriving more easily in the national team as he is the key man with a number ten role without any other contenders. He netted 32 goals in 81 caps. Some other vital figures in Les Blues are still Kylian Mbappe, NGolo Kante and Hugo Lloris.
Their Portuguese’s megastar, Cristano Ronaldo, is inevitably still the main scorer of the team. Yet, relying too much on him will be naïve. In the current squad, Joao Felix and Diogo Jota are expected to be scorer alternatively, especially when CR7 could not break the deadlock.
France vs Portugal prediction
It may not be a decisive clash yet but still a crucial one in UEFA Nations League campaign. Both teams are likely to employ the offensive football and the game could be end up in a thriller. Yet, neither side is likely to come out as a winner eventually.
As the host, Griezmann and Co are backed to win at 2.10. The draw result is at the value of 3.30, whereas Fernando Santos’s men are priced to win at 3.80.