A high-octane France vs Portugal clash is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated fixtures in the third game week of the UEFA Nations League. Both the sides have won their respective group stage games against Croatia and Sweden quite comprehensively, with Portugal sitting atop the points table on goal difference.
However, with the match set to be held at France’s Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Kylian Mbappe and Co. will be fancying an early chance to top their group. Two of the oldest giants of European football, France have faced Portugal 25 times so far, winning 18 of them.
Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates, however, had previously made a statement by stunning a star-studded France team at the Euro 2016 final and, with quality players like Joao Felix and Bruno Fernandes now joining the squad, would eye a repeat of the same.
Didier Deschamps’ men have been on the roll as they arrived the crucial match at the back of a massive 7-1 decimation of Ukraine in an international friendly, which saw Olivier Giroud scoring a brace apart from Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and others. The side also remains largely injury-free, as far as their first team is concerned, with Griezmann and Mbappe properly rested ahead of the crunch clash.
Unlike France, Portugal had a tricky outing against Spain in their international friendly fixture, which they drew 0-0 exhibiting a good defensive showing. Portugal coach Fernando Santos also has a fully-fit squad at his disposal with a determined Cristiano Ronaldo looking to make every match count as he arrives at the dusk of his career.
France (4-3-1-2): Hugo Lloris (GK) [c]; Lucas Digne, Raphael Varane, Clement, Benjamin Pavard; N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso; Antoine Griezmann; Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud
Portugal (4-3-3): Rui Patricio (GK); Raphael Guerreiro, Ruben Dias, Pepe, Joao Cancelo; Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Bruno Fernandes; Bernardo Silva, Joao Felix, Cristiano Ronaldo [c]
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