Free European Cup Pick: Portugal vs. France Preview
Looking for Portugal vs. France free picks and a matchup preview? (2021) 2020 European Cup football betting sees Portugal taking on France on Wednesday, June 23rd, at Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all European Cup football matchups all tournament long so stay tuned. Keep checking back for more European Cup tips like this Portugal France predictions blog post!
2020 European Cup Football Handicapping
Portugal vs France Preview
Date: Wednesday, June 23rd
Time: 15:00PM ET
Venue: Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary
EURO 2020 Moneyline Odds: +280/+190/+125
EURO 2020 Spread Betting Odds: Portugal +0.25
EURO 2020 Betting Total: 2.25
The so-called Group of Death produced an upset in Game 2 when Hungary held France to a 1-1 draw.
Even so, France did qualify with that result, but the order of this group is yet to be determined. Germany are up against Hungary in the other match and, barring another upset, Germany should be one of the two teams to qualify from this group.
Portugal and France will fight it off in this match, with Portugal needing to avoid a big loss here.
Portugal actually made a great start in their match against Germany when Cristiano Ronaldo took the lead at the 15th minute.
However, everything went south even before the first half was over, with Portugal scoring TWO own goals in a 4-minute span (35th and 39th).
Germany entered the second half really focused, and managed to widen their lead at the 51st minute and then again at the 60th minute. All Portugal was able to do at that point was to score at the 67th minute but the 4-2 loss really hurt their chances.
Portugal are now sitting at the 3rd spot of the group with 3 points and now just a +1 goal differential. As it is, they are one of the 4 best 3rd-placed teams, but a loss by two goals or more could leave them outside the knock-out phase.
France suffered an upset in their previous match, where they were held to a 1-1 draw against Hungary, the weakest team in the group.
France had the leading role in the first half but they conceded the first goal in the stoppage time.
France were much better in the second half and managed to pull even at the 66th minute with Griezmann, but despite their efforts they were unable to find the winning goal. Even so, it wasn’t such a terrible result, as they are sitting at the top of the group with 4 points.
Now France need a win here to retain the top spot, but they can also do that with a draw and if Germany don’t beat Hungary. France have one of the best defenses in the tournament and that should come into play against Portugal.
Portugal vs. France Prediction:
Portugal learned their lesson in the 4-2 loss to Germany and I don’t expect them to make the same mistakes, especially in the defense. They scored two own goals but that was an abnormal result.
I expect coach Santos to remind his players who they are and how they must play. And they are traditionally a very defensive-minded team, much like France. This should be a fairly tight affair, so taking the Under here.
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