Portugal host France at the Estadio da Luz on Saturday night as they look to get a firm grip at the top of Group A3 in the UEFA Nations League.
Portugal, who are the defending champions in this competition have certain proven their mettle yet again with easy wins over Sweden and Croatia and only a 0-0 draw in Paris being the only blot in their record so far in the group. They are tied with France on 10 points from a possible 12 in the group, but top the group on goal difference, having struck nine times and conceding just once.
Portugal are in great form coming into this match. They have only lost once in 18 competitive games. Their defence has also been outstanding, keeping a clean sheet in their last 5 international games.
They attack was devastating in their midweek 7-0 thrashing of minnows Andorra in a friendly in which Cristiano only came off the bench in the second half and managed a goal and an assist to his credit. Les Bleus will present a tougher challenge but the Navigators have shown they can go toe-to-toe against anyone.
Like their hosts, France have also pulled out three wins in this section, even though they seem to labour a lot more to secure those wins. They have done the double over Croatia and edged out a 1-0 win in Sweden thanks to Kylian Mbappe’s piece of individual brilliance, to sit on 10 points, same as Portugal.
Didier Deschamps fielded a largely second-string side as they travelled for Wednesday’s friendly against Finland and they paid the price, losing 2-0 for their first loss in over a year, ending their 12-game unbeaten run.
They will certainly not dwell too much on that as the big guns will be back for this trip to Portugal.
Portugal are in the form of their lives. Fernando Santos has done an excellent job in building a great team that is not solely dependent on the talents of their mercurial star, Cristiano Ronaldo. They boast of a number of key players that have been performing well for their respective clubs like Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Jota who are shining for Manchester United and Liverpool in the Premier League. France on the other hand has had to deal with injuries and lack of playing time for some of their own stars like Mbappe and Pogba. Portugal hardly ever lose at home and we feel they have the momentum going for them. We are backing them to win (draw no bet) @ 1.65 with Bet9ja as our initial betting tip.
With control of the group hinging on the outcome of this match, you can expect a very closely contested and competitive match. Such matches tend to be tight to begin but with time things eventually open up as players start tiring. Portugal have been devastating in the second half of games in their recent games. We see some value in picking Most Goals 2nd Half @ 2.13 with Bet9ja bookie review for our final tip.
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