In what is arguably the box office match of the weekend, world champions France lock horns with European champions Portugal at the Stade de France in their UEFA Nations showdown.
France are coming into this game in high spirits after they ran riot in their midweek international friendly game against Ukraine, with a Giroud double leading them to a 7-1 thrashing of the out of sorts Ukraine team at this same venue.
Les Blues have laid down the marker in this group A3, taking six points in their two opening matches. They beat Sweden 1-0 in a tough game away from home before turning the heat on Croatia to crush them 4-2 in Paris in their second match.
Like their opponents, they too have qualified for next summer’s championships. Didier Deschamps has been fielding strong lineups for this tournament as he is keen to use it to gauge their preparedness for the championship.
Portugal were not as fluid in their midweek friendly as they drew blanks against Spain in a dour 0-0 draw in Lisbon. That notwithstanding, Portugal are one of the in-form teams in world football at the moment. They are the current European and Nations League champions and they have only lost once in their last 19 competitive games. That loss ironically came against Ukraine, who France took to school in their midweek friendly.
They are tied on 6 points with France in this group A3 after they too opened the defence of their Nations League title with convincing wins over Croatia and Sweden.
This will be a critical game for Fernando Santos and his charges. They are certainly more than capable of pulling an upset. Cristiano Ronaldo is always a handful for defences. He is still producing the goods at the highest levels as he showed against Sweden, scoring both goals in the 2-0 away win. He has a good cast supporting him with the likes of Joao Felix, Andre Silva, Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Jota putting up great performances for both club and country.
With both of these teams having strong starts to this Nations League campaign, it is tough to pick an outright winner. They are two of the best sides in Europe and are both on terrific runs at the moment. What is not in dispute is the calibre of the attacking talents on both teams, headlined by Mbappe for France and Ronaldo for Portugal. Both of these teams have clearly taken this tournament seriously if the squad selections are anything to go by. We can therefore expect a competitive match that should provide plenty of drama and goalmouth action for both teams. We are therefore backing both teams to score @ 2.10 with 22Bet as our initial betting tip for the game.
We feel there is some value in looking at the corner market for this game. Both of these teams have had 5 or more corners awarded to them in each of their last 5 respective matches. This is fundamentally due to their usual attacking styles. We expect end-to-end action in this game and naturally, that translates to the possibility of a high output of corners. For our final tip, we are going for Over 8.5 total corners @ 1.65 with 22Bet.
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