Reigning European Champions Portugal could take a big step towards retaining their crown with victory against Germany on Saturday.
The game holds huge significance for Group F, with Fernando Santos’ side having the opportunity to potentially knock out the three-time European Champions.
For Germany, their European campaign may rest on being one of the best third placed finished sides should they lose to Portugal.
Their opening group game was ended in a 1-0 defeat to France, and despite dominating possession, they never really tested Hugo Lloris and were thankful for VAR to deny Kylian Mbappe a sensational solo goal.
However, Joachim Low’s men will be hoping the home crowd inside the Allianz Arena can spur his side on to ensure they do not suffer an embarrassing early exit at the group stages.
Portugal come into the game off the back of a 3-0 victory over Hungary. Although many expected them to win, the score line does not reflect the match as a whole, as the Hungarians frustrated Cristiano Ronaldo and co for large parts of the contest.
Marco Rossi’s side even took the lead only to be ruled out by VAR, before Cristiano Ronaldo had his say, scoring twice following Raphael Guerreiro’s opener.
The 36-year-old showed no signs that his age was catching up with him and is now only three short or bettering Iranian legend Ali Daei’s international goalscoring record.
In terms of team news, Portugal are expected to start with the same 4-2-3-1 formation once again, with the mercurial Ronaldo looking to add to his two goals and chase down the Golden Boot.
One change that could occur is that of Joao Felix. The Atletico Madrid forward was an unused substitute in their opening game and could replace Diogo Jota, after the Liverpool man squandered some good opportunities in his last outing.
Germany’s trio of Leroy Sane, Timo Werner and Kevin Volland all came off the bench in the defeat to France, but rarely troubled the resolute French defence, therefore it is unlikely that any have warranted a place in Low’s starting XI.
The Germans are expected to stick with the same 3-4-2-1 formation and will be hoping that the vision and experience of Toni Kroos and the injection of pace from Serge Gnabry will be enough to cause the Portugal back four more problems than they faced against Hungary.
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Despite Germany being the slight favourites, their performance against France was somewhat flat, managing just one shot on target.
Portugal took a while to get going against Hungary, but once they did, they looked solid at the back and dangerous on the attack.
Games of this magnitude are often decided by individual stars in crucial moments and there is nobody better for the occasion than Portugal’s main man.
How to watch Portugal vs Germany
The game will kick off at 5pm and will be available to watch on ITV, with coverage starting at 4pm.
For those streaming the match, ITVHub will also be covering the action live.
Portugal – 23/10
Draw – 11/5
Germany – 27/20
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