The current Euros and World Cup holders go head to head this weekend in what is one of the biggest international clashes in recent times.
Both sides have made a 100% start in this group so far, and both know three points from this game will have a huge impact on who makes the semi finals.
France are still arguably the team to beat in world football with such depth in talent across the park, and although they sometimes struggle to dispatch sides with ease away from home, back in France they’re relentless.
The second ranked side in the world are unbeaten at home in 15 matches now dating back to May 2018 when they lost to Colombia in a World Cup warm-up match, so it’s hard to see a way past them, beating all of Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Uruguay and Croatia in that run.
They also look to be back amongst the goals having not scored more than twice for five successive matches, they’ve now got 11 in two, with both matches coming on home soil.
Portugal will be looking to repeat their heroics from the 2016 Euros final here, and have a star studded attacking lineup that could cause some damage to the French backline.
A Selecao have lost just three of their last 27 matches since the beginning of 2018 and are extremely difficult to turn over on their day, though a lot of their results in that time have come against weaker sides and up against the world’s best they’re not as potent.
When facing Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Uruguay in that time they’re just W3-D5-L2 and all three of those victories came on home soil.
In fact, the last time they beat a top side was when they played away in Italy back in June 2015, so the away win is off the cards for us here.
Cristiano Ronaldo took his international tally to 101 last time out with a brace against Sweden, leaving him with 16 goals from his last nine appearances for Portugal as he scored in all but one of those games.
Admittedly, the majority of the teams he faced over this spell were weak, including double headers with both Lithuania and Luxembourg, but it’s not as though the Juventus player’s big-game credentials are in question. He hasn’t scored against a top 10 side since his hat-trick against Spain in the 2018 World Cup, so we’re inclined to not get behind him at a short price.
France To Beat Portugal
While the draw looks to present good value, especially on the multibet, form alone would suggest France have the tools on home soil to get an extremely important three points, and they look worth siding with at odds-against.