Portugal and France meet in a game that could decider who finishes top of UEFA Nations League A Group 3 on Saturday. With both sides on 10 points from four games, a win at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon could go a long way to determining the group winners.
Portugal won 4-1 against Croatia and 2-0 in Sweden in the opening round of UEFA Nations League fixtures as Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to make it 101 goals for his country.
Fernando Santos’ side drew 0-0 against Spain in a friendly before repeating the scoreline against France as the two sides settled for a point in Paris in the UEFA Nations League.
Portugal held onto top spot in the group courtesy of a 3-0 home win against Sweden days after the draw with France. Bernardo Silva opened the scoring with Diogo Jota bagging a brace.
Portugal warmed up for the visit of France by thumping Andorra 7-0 in a friendly on Wednesday night with Ronaldo taking his goals tally to 102 in 168 games.
Portugal Team News
Forwards Paulinho and Pedro Neto scored on their international debuts against Andorra, while Domingos Duarte also earned his first cap.
Despite nursing an ankle problem, Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to start having featured as a half-time substitute against Andorra. Centre-back Pepe, however, is not in the squad due to injury.
Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Anthony Lopes, Rui Silva
Defenders: Raphaël Guerreiro, José Fonte, Rúben Dias, João Cancelo, Nélson Semedo, Mário Rui, Rúben Semedo, Domingos Duarte
Midfielders: João Moutinho, William Carvalho, Bernardo Silva, Danilo Pereira, Bruno Fernandes, Renato Sanches, Rúben Neves, Sérgio Oliveira
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, João Félix, Diogo Jota, Trincão, Paulinho, Pedro Neto
France kicked off their UEFA Nations League campaign with a 1-0 win in Sweden. Les Bleus followed that with a 4-2 victory over Croatia.
A 7-1 friendly win over Ukraine led into the key clash with Portugal which ended 0-0 in Paris. Didier Deschamps' side returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory in Croatia thanks to goals from Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.
Ahead of the trip to Lisbon to face Portugal, lacklustre France were beaten 2-0 at home by Finland in an international friendly on Wednesday and have some question marks to answer.
France Team News
Kylian Mbappe is a doubt as he continues to struggle with a hamstring strain. Lyon forward Houssem Aouar and Real Betis forward Nabil Fekir have both withdrawn from the squad due to injury.
Monaco forward Wissam Ben Yedder has also been forced out of the game after a positive coronavirus test.
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Mike Maignan, Benoît Costil
Defenders: Léo Dubois, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Digne, Clément Lenglet, Kurt Zouma, Raphaël Varane, Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard, Ruben Aguilar
Midfielders: Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kanté, Steven Nzonzi, Adrien Rabiot, Corentin Tolisso, Moussa Sissoko
Forwards: Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kingsley Coman, Anthony Martial, Kylian Mbappé, Marcus Thuram
Portugal vs France Head to Head
European champions and world champions France played out a 0-0 draw in Paris last month in the most recent meeting.
It also ended 0-0 when they met in the 2016 European Championship final, before Eder won the game for Portugal in extra-time.
Overall, France lead 18-6 in head to heads with seven draws.
Portugal vs France Odds
Portugal are 2.37 favourites with bet365
, who make it 3.00 that France win the game. A third successive draw between the two nations is 3.25.
Portugal vs France Stats
- Portugal have won their last 7 competitive home matches (all competitions).
- Portugal are undefeated in 25 of their last 27 matches including friendlies.
- Portugal have won by 3+ goals in their last 4 competitive home matches (all competitions).
- Portugal have kept 7 clean sheets in their last 8 matches including friendlies.
- Portugal have drawn their last two matches against France (all competitions).
- France have lost 1 of their last 13 matches (all competitions).
- France have won 5 of their last 7 matches (UEFA Nations League).