Portugal and France go head to head in another huge Group F clash this evening as the reigning champions take on the world champions in the final night of group game action at Euro 2020.
Portugal vs France beat Germany in their opening game of the tournament, but a surprise 1-1 draw with Hungary leaves Les Bleus with work to do – even if four points will take them through as one of the four best third-placed teams at the very least.
Portugal vs France UEFA EURO 2020 preview: where to watch, TV channels and live streams, team news, form guid
As for Portugal, they left it late to beat Hungary 3-0 to start strongly, but a humbling 4-2 loss to
Germany has severely hit confidence ahead of taking on the tournament favourites.
With Germany now looking confident of a top-two finish given they face Hungary, Portugal and France have a lot riding on their final group-stage game in Budapest – and whoever finishes as runners-up now knows they will face England next week.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Portugal vs France 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.
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Where to watch Portugal vs France
TV channel: The match will be televised on BBC One for free.
Live stream: UK viewers will be able to watch the match online via the BBC iPlayer.
Portugal vs France team news
Despite Fernando Santos’s cautious approach against Germany, Portugal were weak at the back and changes could be made against France, with midfielder Renato Sanches expected to start in place of Bernardo Silva. Joao Felix and Nuno Mendes both missed the defeat in Munich but have since trained with the rest of the squad.
If France can exploit them in the same manner, the world champions should win – but with some much attacking talent on both sides, expect an end-to-end game.
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Head to head (h2h) history and results
Portugal wins: 6
France wins: 19
Betting odds and tips
Portugal to win: 53/20
France to win: 5/4
Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime: 6/4
2-2 draw: 13/1
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Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema will be disappointed to have only found the net once so far. Didier Deschamps does have alternatives up front in Olivier Giroud, Kingsley Coman and Wissam Ben Yedder – but Ousmane Dembele was ruled out of the tournament on Monday with a knee injury.
Portugal vs France predicted lineups
Portugal XI: Rui Patrício; Semedo, Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro; Danilo, Renato Sanches, Bruno Fernandes; Bernardo Silva, Ronaldo, Diogo Jota
France XI: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez; Pogba, Kante, Rabiot; Griezmann, Benzema, Mbappe
Ruben Dias (Portugal) and Pavard (France) will miss the next game if they are booked.
Can Portugal end their group stage campaign in style with a win over France?
Defending champions Portugal face World Cup holders France in Budapest with top spot in Euro 2020 Group F yet to be decided.
Didier Deschamps’ side overcame Germany 1-0 in their opening game before being held to a shock 1-1 draw by Hungary to leave them on four points, meaning they could finish anywhere in the top-three.
The Portuguese, meanwhile, followed up their 3-0 win over Hungary with a 4-2 defeat against Germany to put Fernando Santos’ men in a precarious position on three points. Here’s an explanation on how Portugal can qualify into the knockout stages of Euro 2020.
Portugal’s defeat by Germany on Saturday leaves them in greater need of the points going into this rematch of the UEFA EURO 2016 final. The Seleção’s fate is still in their own hands, however, and they will again look to EURO 2020 top scorer and serial record-breaker Cristiano Ronaldo to inspire them, with a draw enough to make the knockouts. France’s draw with Hungary kept them top of the section on four points and results on Monday mean Les Bleus are through, though they will want to restore momentum.
Where to watch the game on TV
Fans can find their local UEFA EURO 2020 broadcast partner(s) here.
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Portugal: Rui Patrício; Nélson Semedo, Rúben Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro; Danilo, Renato Sanches, Bruno Fernandes; Bernardo Silva, Ronaldo, Diogo Jota
Misses next match if booked: Rúben Dias
France: Lloris; Koundé, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernández; Pogba, Kanté, Tolisso; Griezmann, Benzema, Mbappé
Out: Dembélé (knee)
Misses next match if booked: PavardCarlos Machado, Portugal reporter: Playing France knowing that they need a result is not how Portugal wanted to go into their last group game, with elimination still a possibility. As he did in 2016, Fernando Santos had an informal chat and press conference solely for the Portuguese press, where he talked about tactics and the need to refresh the team, and where he took responsibility for Portugal’s joint-biggest EURO defeat. They will face the world champions aiming to secure their last-16 place without relying on results elsewhere