Portugal vs France 7/10/16: Euro 2016 Preview and Predictions
Portugal (3-3-0) vs France (5-1-0)
Sunday 10th July 2016 15:00 (ET)
Portugal +350; Draw +220; France +105 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN; TSN
France look to defend home turf and win a major tournament on home soil as they face off against a pesky Portuguese side who continues to defy the odds and has qualified for the Euro 2016 final.
Portugal head into this final match coming off their best game of the tournament as they took down a Welsh side that came into the semi-finals coming off a convincing win over Belgium and looked poised to pull off another but it was the Portuguese who held on for a 2-0 win and head into the final to take on France in top flight. Portugal are still pretty heavy underdogs here as they don’t have nearly the depth that their counterparts do but they do have the best player in the tournament at their disposal and after a strong effort against Wales you can bet Cristiano Ronaldo will be geared up on the biggest stage here against the hosts from France. Portugal needs to weather the storm in the first 25 minutes of this game as the French are coming off a massive semi-final win over Germany and with so much attacking power and depth the French will look to put Portugal on their heels early and force them to play catch up.
France continues to improve their play as the tournament goes along and after a convincing win over Iceland in the quarterfinals France took down the World Cup champions from Germany in a 2-0 final to set up a championship show down against Portugal. Antoine Greizmann has been remarkable up top for the Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge as he netted both goals against Germany and increased his tally to six in the tournament which should be good for the Golden Boot unless Ronaldo can do something special and Greizmann will be critical to France’s success once again on Sunday. The French have so much depth up top and in the mid field and should be able to control possession against a run and gun Portuguese side that will rely heavily on Ronaldo and 18-year-old Renauto Sanches as they are pretty thin beyond that, especially if they continue to leave Quaresma on the bench for most of the game. This should be a decent contest for the first 60 minutes, but in the end I think France has way too much depth and while Portugal has been written off since the Round of 16 matchup with Croatia and have silenced their critics, I just don’t see them being able to deal with France and they are not a championship side by any means.