Portugal VS. France Prediction – Finals – 10.07.2016
The moment has finally come. We know what two teams will go out on the 10th of July on the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. It’s the host team of France that will entertain the doubtful Porgutuese squad. These two teams came to the final match with rather contrasting performances. Portugal never showed any concrete top-notch performance before their encounter with Wales, whereas France came to the finals showing a consistent high quality play. This match looks really one-sided with France as the favorite, because they are the host and they were victorious against Germany, the current World Champion.
Up until their encounter with Wales, the Portuguese squad was playing with fire, prolonging the end of matches to extra time. Lady Luck was on their side, that’s for sure. However, in the last match versus the proud Welsh dragons the football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and his team mate Nani sealed their victory scoring two goals within 3 minutes. Wales were overwhelmed, confused, yet they kept on playing giving the best they could. From this point of the match took a slow tempo and the score wasn’t changed until the 90 minute mark.
One way or another, Fernando Santos brought Portugal to the final match of the Euro Cup 2016. A tough opponent awaits them. The fact that France is the host makes it even worse for them. Thousands of French supporters will be cheering for France. It’s always way more difficult to play in conditions such as this. Fernando Santos in his last interview before the match stated that he believes Portugal are stronger and more united. This allows them to play under severe pressure. There’s no better test than to play in front of France’s home crowd in the very last match of the tournament.
Probable line-up: Rui Patricio, Cedric, Guerreiro, Fonte, Soares, Mario, Sanches, Danilo, Silva, Nani, Ronaldo.
Seeing France in the finals in a major football competition on their territory feels like a deja-vu from 18 years ago. However, back then they’re playing in the World Cup versus the mighty Brazil. Regardless, the French won the World Cup Trophy in a very exciting match. This time around, Portugal is their opponent. We consider France as the absolute favorite. Besides the home crowd advantage, we must consider their recent past performance. Iceland got crushed with a score of 5-2 and the undisputed Germans went home after a loss of 2-0. Antoine Grizemann takes the credit for this very important victory over the current football World Champion.
The French are flawless on the offense whenever they get the chance to organize a quick counter-attack the opponent’s goal is always in danger. Lloris, France’s goalkeeper did an amazing job keeping his goal safe, away from Germany’s reach. However, Germany didn’t have Ronaldo, Nani and Quaresma. They are the ones that can seal France’s fate. Not to mention the incredible Sanches who’s joining Bayern Munich’s ranks after the Euro Cup is over.
Then again, France has Pogba, Grizemann, Payet who are truly outstanding when on the counter-attack. All of them are top-notch players who are skilled, but some of them lack the necessary experience.
Probable Line-up: Lloris, Sagna, Umtiti, Kolscielny, Evra. Matuidi, Pogba, Sissoko, Payet, Greizmann, Giroud.
Portugal VS. France – Odds and Predictions
The Euro Cup 2016 was mighty amusing to watch, for those who decided to bet it was rather lucrative, but in this moment both of these align. The only surprise can be Portugal beating France in Stade de France. We can confidently state that France is the absolute favorite in this encounter. We’re going to bet France will win with odds at 2.05 or 21/20. Despite the seemingly low odds, Portugal is still a fierce opponent. Whenever Cristiano Ronaldo is present on the pitch, he can do wonders. The whole Portuguese team is there to support him in his cause.
Without any doubts, the final match will bring a lot of exciting moments that are going to be engraved in history and retold years after.