Germany’s Antonio Ruediger, left, challenges Portugal’s Bernardo Silva during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group F match between Portugal and Germany at the football arena stadium in Munich, Saturday, June 19, 2021. (Christof Stache/Pool via AP)
- Euro-holders Portugal meet World Cup-winners France in Budapest at 3:00 pm ET on Wednesday
- French superstars were held to a draw by Hungary while the Portuguese slumped against Germany
- See all odds, best bets and prediction for Portugal vs France Euro 2020 Group F
European giants meet with Portugal vs France in a mouth-watering clash at Euro 2020 on Wednesday with both teams needing a win to get back on track.
There is a three-way battle for the top two places in the star-studded Group F between the Portuguese, the French – the current group leaders – and Germany.
None of those three teams is guaranteed a top-two finish although a draw would be enough to secure it for France.
Portugal vs France Odds
|Portugal vs France||POR +1 (-150) | FRA -1 (+330)||POR +280 | FRA +125 | DRAW +185||Ov 2.5 (+136) | Un 2.5 (-166)|
Odds as of June 22 at FanDuel
But, in fact, it is still likely that the side which places third in this group will still progress as one of the best finishers in that position.
However, it certainly remains true that an awful lot is riding on the clash between the reigning European champions Portugal and the World Cup holders France in Budapest.
The game is a repeat of the 2016 final when Portugal beat France 1-0 after extra-time in Paris.
This time, France must bounce back after being held to a surprise 1-1 draw by Hungary in its second game.
Meanwhile, Portugal also has to recover after falling to a 4-2 defeat by Germany.
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Attacking Clash Is In Store
This will surely mean that both sides approach the game on the front foot.
Both sides will be determined that their attacking superstars like France’s Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo are at their best in this critical match.
Jose Mourinho criticises Man Utd star Bruno Fernandes for ‘going missing’ for Portugal at #Euro2020 https://t.co/uBlKcrrHjb
— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) June 22, 2021
The veteran Ronaldo was heading towards the game as one of four joint-leading goal-scorers in the competition with three strikes.
Cristiano Ronaldo has never scored in six games against France.
For Mbappe and Benzema, furthermore, the opening two matches had been disappointing as neither found the net. And they will certainly be looking to put that right on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo has never previously scored in six games against France.
The winners of Group F will face one of the four third-place best finishers.
Ousmane Dembele has had to withdraw from France’s squad after suffering a knee injury during the game against Hungary #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/w08OMASXQ4
— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 21, 2021
With the Germans facing bottom club Hungary, they are likely to nail the top spot – which would leave Portugal and France fighting it out for the second place.
If that turns out to be the case, Portugal and France would be competing for a last 16 trip to Wembley where they would most likely face England or the Czech Republic.
Furthermore, the third-placed team in Group F would face a tough knockout tie against the Netherlands or Belgium.
Portugal’s ‘bus driver’ Santos hopes to find route through France to last 16 | Andy Hunter https://t.co/17lriQoXwu
— The Guardian (@guardian) June 22, 2021
So it is clear just how much is at stake in the France versus Portugal showdown.
It could be tight but the oddsmakers at FanDuel make France the favorite at +125.
The Portuguese side meanwhile, is priced at +280 with the draw at +185. The game kicks off at 3:00 pm ET.
France remain unbeaten whenever Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté start together:
✅ 22 wins
🤝 6 draws
— EUROs Tweet (@Football__Tweet) June 15, 2021
All in all, however, the most value here looks to be in backing the French forward line to finally get in gear.
That makes the spread offer of -1 at FanDuel (spread 3-way no push) at +330 for it to win by two goals or more an attractive one.
Portugal vs France Statistics
France started the so-called Group of Death with a 1-0 defeat of the Germans thanks to an own goal by Mats Hummels.
Then came a surprise with Hungary taking the lead through an Attila Fiola goal despite French domination of possession.
Antoine Griezmann rescued a point for France. But it was worrying that it could not create enough chances for its glittering array of forward talent.
Meanwhile, Portugal opened the tournament strongly with a 3-0 defeat of Hungary, although the first goal did not arrive until the 84th minute.
Frantic Defeat By Germany
Ronaldo and his teammates were then involved in a thrilling and topsy-turvy clash with the Germans.
It was Ronaldo who put his team ahead. But then own goals from Portugal’s Ruben Dias and Rafael Guerreiro put Germany in command.
Kai Havertz scored a third for the Germans and it was subsequently followed up by a fourth strike from Robin Gosens.
France coach Didier Deschamps has made it plain he backs his misfiring attackers.
Eventually, Diogo Jota scored a second for Portugal.
Didier Deschamps, France’s vastly experienced coach, has made it plain he backs his misfiring attackers to claim the win which would see them top the group.
🇫🇷 Kylian Mbappe: 0 goals from 7 shots
🇫🇷 Karim Benzema: 0 goals from 3 shots
🇫🇷 Antoine Griezmann: 1 goal from 1 shot
😬 Not the start everyone expected from France’s front three 👇 pic.twitter.com/8LmbSDMGys
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) June 21, 2021
Since the Euro 2016 final, these teams have met twice in the UEFA Nations League last year.
There was a 0-0 draw in France with a 1-0 win for the French in Portugal a month later.
To sum up, ahead of this tie, France’s hot-shots must come good and they could surely win a thriller by two goals or more.
Pick: France -1, +330 (Spread 3-Way No Push
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