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Portugal vs France: Key Stats And Lineups Ahead Of Round Of 16 Clash

By Benjamin Abioye



Portugal France

Date: Friday 5th July, 2024

Time: 8:00 pm

Stadium: Volksparkstadion

Referee: Michael Oliver (England)

Goal Scorer:

Portugal, winners of Group F, faced Slovenia in their round of sixteen match, which ended in a goalless draw after extra time. Portugal secured victory in the penalty shootout, winning 3-0. Throughout the tournament, they dominated possession with 68% against Slovenia at Frankfurt Arena. In their group stage matches, Portugal suffered a 2-0 defeat to Georgia, defeated Turkey 3-0, and clinched a 2-1 victory over Czech Republic.

The Portuguese team boasts a record of 9 wins and 1 loss, averaging 3.0 goals from 7.5 shots on goal and 18.0 attempts per game. They typically control 65.1% of possession and earn 7.8 corners per match. Their opponents managed to score 0.5 goals from 2.0 shots on goal, with 5.9 attempts and 2.5 corners on average.

Top scorers Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo each netted 5 goals, while Goncalo Ramos scored 3. Bruno Fernandes leads with 6 assists, supported by goalkeepers Diogo Costa and Jose Sa who have kept a combined 7 clean sheets.

The predicted lineup for Portugal includes Diogo Costa, Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Pepe, Nuno Mendes, Vitinha, Joao Palhinha, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Rafael Leao, and Cristiano Ronaldo.

France, runners-up in Group D, secured a 1-0 victory over Belgium with a Jan Vertonghen own goal in their last game at Düsseldorf Arena. They drew 1-1 with Poland, had a goalless draw against Netherlands, and defeated Austria 1-0 during the group stage.

In their recent encounters, Portugal and France drew 2-2 at Puskas Arena. Overall, France has won 19 out of 28 head-to-head meetings against Portugal, with two draws and one win for France in the last three encounters.

France’s record includes 7 wins and 3 draws, averaging 2.7 goals from 6.8 shots on goal and 21.1 attempts per game. They maintain an average possession of 60.5% and complete 653.2 passes, earning 6.4 corners and conceding 2.5 corners per match. Defensively, they allowed 0.4 goals from 2.1 shots on goal and 6.1 attempts.

Kylian Mbappe leads France with 8 goals, followed by Olivier Giroud with 3 goals, and Youssouf Fofana and others with 2 goals each. Mbappe also tops the assist chart with 5 assists. Goalkeepers Mike Maignan and Brice Samba have a combined record of 3 clean sheets in the last 10 games.

The predicted lineup for France includes Mike Maignan, Jules Kounde, Dayot Upamecano, William Saliba, Theo Hernandez, N’Golo Kante, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Antoine Griezmann, Marcus Thuram, and Kylian Mbappe.

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