A week has passed since Euro 2020 started and football fans around the world have been treated to a mixed tournament so far. Some of the games have been nail biters while some have been rather one sided which is expected in the group stages.
Group F is the most competitive group at Euro 2020 as it consists of current Euro champions Portugal, current FIFA World Cup champs France, former World Cup champs Germany and Hungary. One of the most anticipated games at the group stage is scheduled for June 19, Saturday when Portugal face Germany.
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Group F – Standing
As of June 18, Portugal sit at the top of group with 3 points and France are in second place with also 3 points. The reason Portugal is at the top is because they have a superior goal difference having scored 3 goals against Hungary while France only scored 1 in their win over Germany.
Germany is in third place with 0 points and Hungary in fourth place also with 0 points. Germany knows that a win over Portugal will push them at the top of the points table, especially if they can end up winning 2-0.
Portugal vs. Germany – Odds
Germany are the betting favorites for this game with odds of 2.25 while Portugal are the underdogs having odds of 3.20. The odds of this game ending in a draw are 3.40. This game will take place at the Allianz Arena in Munich which should give Germany the home advantage and an added incentive to play and do well in front of their fans.
Portugal vs. Germany – Breakdown
Some teams don’t respond well to pressure, especially when they are playing on home soil in front of thousands of fans. Germany is not one of those teams as they respond well to pressure and will go into the game on Saturday feeling quite confident. The biggest weapon that Portugal possesses comes in the form of their captain Cristiano Ronaldo.
What fans may not realize is that Ronaldo has never scored an international goal for Portugal against Germany when Manuel Neuer has stood as the goalkeeper for Germany. The Germany captain has over 100 caps for the national team and will want to keep his record intact of not letting Ronaldo get the ball past him.
If Neuer can neutralize Ronaldo yet again, it will significantly increase Germany’s chances of securing a win. German national coach Joachim Low said that he wanted his team to be a lot more aggressive with their offense against Portugal. Low needs to come up with a tactical plan that will allow the Germans to be offensive without compromising their defense.
Portugal did well against Hungary only towards the fag end of the game when Ronaldo scored twice. Portugal know that they have to be spot on with their defensive game as they don’t want Germany to score first and put them under pressure. The experienced Pepe will once again be a key in keeping Germany at bay.
Portugal vs. Germany – Verdict
We think Germany has a much better team and should be able to get the better of Portugal and finish either 2-0 or 2-1. However, if Cristiano Ronaldo breaks the Neuer jinx and scores early on, Portugal could end up with a 1-0 win. We are going to put our money on Germany though and back them to win.
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