International break is back again and this time we’ll witness one of the toughest matches of the tournament with Portugal locking horns against France. Both teams did well in the group stages as they are tied with 10 points each from four fixtures bagging three wins and one draw. But they won’t come easy on each other. We all remember the Euro final how Portugal stole the win out of France’s hands and but the World Champions won’t leave any stone unturned this time.
Both teams played a goalless draw when they last met in the competition but we can surely expect fireworks this time.
Portugal: Patricio, Cancelo, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro, Pereira, Silva, Fernandes, Felix, Jota, Ronaldo
France: Lloris, Digne, Lenglet, Varane, Mendy, Rabiot, N’zonzi, Tolisso, Griezmann, Mbappe, Martial
With Ronaldo back in the team Portugal will be looking to take 3 points from the fixture and they might have to apply an attacking formation as no team can afford to bench a player like Felix.
Jota is the man in form as he’s been brilliant with Portugal as well as Liverpool. Another threat will be of Fernandes who is in red hot form for United.
On the other hand star studded France will have a team and bench full of star names but the real danger will be of Kylian Mbappe as he is capable of changing the whole scenario of the match any second he wants. Griezmann is also in good shape like always while Martial might have to sacrifice his place due to his poor form and poor chemistry with his teammates.
Coming to conclusion, it is definitely going to be a nail-biter as both teams will give their all in a do-or-die match but there has to be a winner and we believe that the wounded Lion is still a lion. France will be looking to take revenge of their Euro final and they have everything their arsenal to beat the Portuguese side. The truth is that Ronaldo is not the same but there will be Joao Felix and we all know that he is capable of but the main difference will be the defense and that is where the French side will have the advantage. So if you want to place your money, Blues should be your choice.