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Portugal vs. France | Euro 2020 Betting Preview and Tips

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Portugal vs. France | Wednesday 23 June, 20:11 | BBC

The curtain falls in the first leg of Euro 2020 as the intriguing Group of Death wraps up the opening 36 games of this year's tournament as world champions France face off against Portugal, which, if defeated, could be the first defending champions. European crown has been eliminated in the group stage since Greece in 2008.

Les Bleus can at least afford the luxury of knowing they are guaranteed a place in as the two sides prepare for their first group game in neutral territory here in Hungary, however they will want to claim a victory here that will guarantee them first place and a draw. c team placed third in the first knockout round

Gareth Southgate and his team will show more than a passing interest in this clash as they take second places in the group, but with all four teams still able to finish in that position, we should expect a few twists and turns as The night progresses, Germany accepts Hungary, emboldened by their surprise 1-1 draw with the French, in a different tally

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Portugal kicked off their campaign with a potentially flattering 3-0 win over group outsiders, only breaking the deadlock at 90 -I minute, but although started brightly against Germany, self-destructed but incredibly scored two own goals in between the first four half of the minute, when they ultimately suffered a 4-2 defeat, leaving the defense of their crown in jeopardy.

Fernando Santos was, of course, here before qualifying, scoring just three points on his way to the 2016 trophy return and despite Joao Moutinho's Wolves insistence, “It's hypothetically whether we finish first, second or third. Our goal is victory. " I'm not sure if his boss sees the situation this way and will probably prioritize averting defeat in order to secure the next round and a possible clash with Belgium or the Netherlands.

In the blue corner, Didier Deschamps spent much of the preparation, insisting on his belief that Karim Benzema would break his goal since the call for Euro 2020, and this widely acclaimed move made the already formidable Frenchman even stronger - Antoine Griezmann added to the comments of his managers: "We all support him (Benzema) and believe in him."

One person certainly not lacking in confidence is Kylian Mbappé, who as part of his team, the unfamiliar 4-3-1-2 formation could be vital in breaking down what is likely to be well-trained and more Portuguese-like. such as Celesao.

PSG looked dangerous in France's first opening, a 1-0 win over Germany, although with only one shot (on target), scoring two crosses, giving one chance, it could have been much better if he was inches away from a goal scored and an assist after two goals for the French national team were recorded offside after a VAR check

Against Hungary, the 23-year-old made six shots. , a score that none of his teammates could match created two chances and became a constant threat to the hosts' defense in an unsuccessful draw.

We should expect Mbappe to stop on the left, where his lightning speed, precise control and skill can cause all sorts of headaches when combined with 38-year-old Pepe and Nelson Semedo, who were staring out to sea when he was badly exposed by Germany over the weekend, who were supposed to patrol the area,

The French superstar will surely rejoice at his chances of finally either finding the back of the net in this competition or registering an assist, however engaging performance is almost a matter of course, especially with the man he wants to replace as one of the most feared attackers in the game on the other side of the field in opposition.

So with that in mind, I run the risk of not scoring goals or assists directly, but instead I want to win the Man of the Match award.

The award has been evenly split between outfield positions in 32 games so far with 9 defenders (28%), 12 midfielders (34%) and 13 attackers (38%) emerge victorious after the UEFA technical observer has made the decision - but with names like Romelu Lukaku (x2), David Alaba, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba, Luka Modric and Kevin De Bruyne are already on the list of winners - Mbappe is expected to join them

4/1 odds are slim, but I feel like this game is meant to get him grabbing the collar and formally announce himself in the tournament.

My second and final bet is the one I used very successfully in the initial games and is available through the Bet Builder with Bet 365 .

In their most recent, Portugal players took 160 free kicks, while France was behind 160 in the same period, giving a combined average of 15. 65 free kicks per game, and taking into account the line for CR7 and his team is set. 5 this warrants further investigation.

For us, there is a simple line that is unusual in international football, but has become more common with the introduction of the League of Nations - a competition in which the two countries met only last year.

The first was a 0-0 match against the Parisians in October - a result that Portugal would definitely have won here at Puskás Aréna, Budapest - a game in which the guests won 22 free kicks after fouls and two offside positions, and just a month later when they again met in Lisbon, France took all three points but saw them commit 19 fouls.

So much on the line and a state of play that should guarantee high intensity for most + 11/12 minute odds looks very attractive for Portugal to take a minimum of 15 free kicks in this one.

Best bets

Portugal v France - Man of the Match to be Kylian Mbappé (4/1 Rate )

Portugal - France - Portugal is over. 5 free kicks (11/12 Bet365)

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