Portugal struggled for around 80 minutes against Hungary before the finally getting into gear. The Portuguese scored three times in the final 10 minutes to win the game 3-0. The victory has Fernando Santos’s team at the top of Group F thanks to goal difference. Now, on matchday 2 of Group F, Portugal have a more difficult opponent in Germany.

The Germans may have lost 1-0 to France on matchday 1 of Group F, but they played well throughout. The goal scored by France came courtesy of an own goal from Mats Hummels. Now, Joachim Low’s team face off with the reigning European Championship winners. A loss for Germany could eliminate them from progressing to the next round of the tournament. The Germans may finish third in Group F which could still be enough to get them into the knockout stage of the competition.

Portugal’s head-to-head with Germany is very poor. The Portuguese have posted a mere three wins versus Germany in 18 all-time meetings. Portugal have not defeated Germany since 2000 during the European Championship. Since then, Germany have won four straight games against Portugal. These teams have not played since 2014.

Cristiano Ronaldo become the all-time leading scorer at the Euros with two goals against Hungary. The forward stepped up when it mattered. Will he do it once more versus Germany?

Portugal vs Germany Betting Odds

 

Germany will play on home soil at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Saturday against Portugal. Playing in front of a home crowd seemed to help the Germans versus France despite losing 1-0. Germany did not let France dominate them. The Germans outshot France 10 to four as both teams tallied one shot on target.

Germany posted 62% possession, but France’s midfield hustle stifled their attack. Low’s team also outpassed France 692 to 434. Germany may not be as weak going into the tournament as previously believed. Leading sportsbooks have Germany at odds of 11/8 to win against Portugal. They have a great head-to-head record versus the Portuguese.

Bookies have Portugal at odds of 23/10 to win the match against Germany and improve their head-to-head record. Portugal dominated possession versus Hungary with 70%. They also tallied 11 shots with seven on target.

Saturday’s game at the Allianz Arena should an even affair. Portugal have a lot of talent in the side. It took some time for Santos’s team to get going against Hungary, but they bombarded Peter Gulacsi’s goal for much of the match before taking the lead. The teams are at odds of 12/5 to draw at the end of full-time. Portugal’s last seven matches finished without a defeat. Germany have won just three of their last six matches. Two of those ended in losses to France and North Macedonia.

Portugal vs Germany Team News

France had to roll up their sleeves against Germany to gain victory. Had Hummels not turned the ball into his own goal, the match versus France is likely to have finished nil-nil. Germany played well but couldn’t cut through the French defence. Thomas Muller ran the Germany attack and was the team’s dangerman. What Germany missed in their starting XI was an out and out striker leading the line.

Low deployed Serge Gnabry in attack and could rotate the forward out for someone else versus Portugal. Timo Werner could start the fixture as Germany go in search of goals. Leroy Sane was once again disappointing after coming on as a substitute. Despite doing little to improve the team after coming on, Sane could start the game. Low’s formation may dictate which players are chosen in the starting XI. The coach used a 3-4-2-1 formation to start the game.

Santos may not need to alter the Portugal starting XI on Saturday. Ronaldo will obviously lead the line. Bernardo Silva was rather ineffective and could make way for Renato Sanches or Andre Silva. Bruno Fernandes played behind Ronaldo but didn’t finish the full 90 minutes. He is likely to start. Meanwhile, Diogo Jota should start once more on the left side after a positive game against the Hungarians.

Santos has a capable defence with Pepe and Ruben Dias anchoring it. Ligue 1 winner Jose Fonte could step into the fray if needed at the heart of defence to rotate the side and keep players fresh.

Portugal vs Germany Prediction

Both teams to score: YES @ 4/5 - BET NOW

 

 

Portugal and Germany could put on a very entertaining game for neutral fans. Three of the last seven games played by Portugal finished with both teams finding the back of the net. They have played well defensively over the course of their last three games. With a short timespan between matches in the group stage, the defence could slowly get fatigued – especially with the warm weather in Munich. Three of Germany’s last four matches ended with both teams scoring.

Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime @ 8/5 - BET NOW

 

Ronaldo bagged two goals on matchday 1 of Group F. The Juventus forward is now the all-time scorer at the Euros. He should keep his excellent form going versus Germany and could get on the scoresheet once more. Ronaldo has scored 106 goals in 176 career matches for the Portuguese.

Over 2.5 goals scored @ 11/10 - BET NOW

 

Five of Portugal’s last seven matches ended with over 2.5 goals scored. The Portuguese have not been shy in front of goal. They are unlikely to score three times without reply like against Hungary. Germany Five of Germany’s last eight games finished with more than 2.5 goals scored.

The Germans should play well once more, but should come up short. They showed little in attack against the French. Low needs to rotate the team’s forwards to get more out of the attack. Even if Werner comes into the team, there is no guarantee the Germans will score – just ask Chelsea fans.

Portugal could seal progression on Saturday with a win against the Germans. It will set Santos’s team up for an exciting Euro 2020 tournament matchday 3 fixture versus France.