When Portugal takes on Germany in Munich on Saturday evening, they will want to win, with one match to spare. So, as Portugal seek to clinch their place in the knockout round, we offer Euro 2020 predictions – Portugal vs Germany.
Fernando Santos’ team beat Hungary 3-0 to start their Euro 2020 campaign, and some team football updates are here.
Meanwhile, Germany still has work to do in Euro 2020 Group F after losing 1-0 to tournament favorites France.
- Portugal beat Hungary late on Wednesday, and so, they are unlikely to make any changes here.
- Pepe might keep his spot in the starting lineup on Saturday and then rest only if they beat Germany.
- On the other hand, Bernardo Silva was taken off last time with 20 minutes remaining. However, Fernando Santos will praise his work rate and his skill in pressuring against Germany.
- William Carvalho is the most likely to be dropped, though.
- Finally, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, and Renato Sanches are all vying for a starting spot.
Portugal possible starting lineup: Patricio; Semedo, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro; Danilo, Carvalho; Bernardo, Fernandes, Jota; Ronaldo
- After suffering an injury against France on Wednesday night, Matthias Ginter is a significant doubt for Germany. Emre Can should fill in for him.
- Lukas Klostermann is also out for a few weeks after injuring his thigh in training. But he will remain with the team.
- Despite appearing to bite Paul Pogba during their defeat to France, Antonio Rudiger ia already almost sure to play again.
- For Germany’s match against defending champions Portugal on Saturday, Leon Goretzka should return from his injury break.
- In their first game, Jogi Loew’s side lacked cutting edge in attack, second group encounter might see some rotation.
- On Thursday, Serge Gnabry worked away from the main group. He is thus a question mark, while Hofmann is out of contention.
Germany possible starting lineup: Neuer; Ginter, Hummels, Rudiger; Kimmich, Gundogan, Kroos, Gosens; Sane, Muller, Gnabry
Euro 2020 Predictions – Portugal vs Germany
- On Wednesday, Portugal defeated Hungary 3-0, but only scored their first goal in the 84th minute. So, it would be wise to not over estimate Portugal.
- After a loss to France, meanwhile, Germany lost their first game at a European Championships for the first time in history. But the result was unfavorable to Germany.
- In the meantime, this is the first encounter between the two sides since Germany won the 2014 World Cup. They clinced a sweeping 4-0 victory thanks to a hat-trick from Thomas Muller on route to the title.
- If Germany’s performance against France is any indication, a scoreline similar to that 1-0 loss is quite unlikely here. They pressed France for a while in the second half. But aside from Serge Gnabry’s mis-hit effort, they struggled to produce any significant chances.
Despite it being an early stage in the tournament, we cannot overstate the significance of this match.
Germany will thus be keen to avoid defeat, so we may expect a cagey match on Saturday.
However, Portugal will likely share a point with them, so we can expect a low-scoring draw between the two teams.