Prediction and odds for the game: France (21/20) vs Portugal (13/5)
We are backing the draw at odds of 23/10
When: Sunday, 11th October 2020, Kick-off 19:45
Where: The Stade de France
On Sunday night, France and Portugal go head-to-head in the Nations League, in one promises to be one of the most interesting clashes of the international football weekend.
Didier Deschamps team’s form has continued to be good since their 2018 World Cup triumph. Les Bleus have not been defeated in ten matches while recording nine victories. The French have become renowned for their attacking play of late, and they have not disappointed of late in front of goal, netting at least twice in seven of those games in their undefeated streak.
Although France did not win the inaugural Nations League, the home side still managed to win four of their six games in the newly-formed competition, while suffering just one loss against the Netherlands.
France are a formidable prospect on home soil for any opponent. Les Bleus are unbeaten in 15 home games, having recorded 12 victories. Deschamps team have been prolific at the Stade de France in recent home games, scoring at least twice in seven of their last eight matches on home soil. They have also won their three home games in the Nations League, netting at least twice in the wins.
The Selecao currently holds the title of both European champions and Nations League holders too. Cristiano Ronaldo and co. won the inaugural competition last year, beating the Netherlands in the final of the competition. Fernando Santos’ team are unbeaten in the competition, having recorded four straight wins after drawing their opening two games of the newly established tournament. A key reason for Portuguese success in the Nations League has been the fact that they have scored at least two goals in three of their last four matches.
Portugal’s form has not just been good in this competition though, the Selecao have suffered just one defeat in their last 19 international outings. They have proven that they are highly difficult to defeat.
Even away games have not daunted Portugal, as they have won four of their last five matches on their travels while scoring at least twice in six of their previous eight games.
Portugal will have fond memories from the last time these two teams met, as it saw the Selecao record a 1-0 extra-time win in the final of Euro 2016.
This game could be a fascinating tactical battle between two teams who have been highly successful in the international game in recent years. We cannot choose between them, so we are backing the draw. The odd bet that we are recommending is under 2.5 goals. Despite the attacking players on show, both teams have defences that are relatively hard to break down.
Verdict: We are backing the draw at odds of 23/10 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 13/8. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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Will France or Portugal come out on top on Sunday night?