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Georgia vs Portugal Euro 2024 Prediction: Can the minnows make history?

Georgia vs Portugal Euro 2024 Prediction: Group F Favourites to Finish the Job?

Georgia and Portugal go head-to-head in their final match of Euro 2024 Group F.

Georgia vs Portugal Euro 2024 Prediction: Can the minnows make history?

Georgia vs Portugal Latest Prediction

Portugal became the third nation to qualify for the Euro 2024 knockout stages. The 2016 champions came from behind to beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in their opening match before impressing in a crushing 3-0 win over Turkey in Dortmund. Roberto Martinez has already promised to give minutes to some of his other squad members in this final match, but given the depth Portugal have at their disposal, that could still end up being a world-class starting XI.

Even so, perhaps a lack of sharpness and concentration could give minnows Georgia a glimmer of hope. Few give them a prayer against one of the tournament favourites but Willy Sagnol’s men have impressed many in their first-ever major tournament appearance, losing 3-1 to Turkey but only conceding the third goal late as they hunted for an equaliser, while they drew 1-1 with the Czech Republic next and were only denied all three points when Saba Lobzhanidze blasted over the bar with the final kick of the game.

Portugal can not be caught as group winners, but while a point would give Georgia a very slim chance of qualifying as a third-place team, an unlikely victory would greatly enhance their prospects.

Portugal were the highest scoring team in qualifying for this competition and after scoring three times against Turkey last time out they’ll be looking to fill their boots against Georgia on Wednesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo may be yet to get off the mark, but Bernardo Silva scored his first tournament against the Crescent-Stars and Bruno Fernandes also opened his account for the tournament.

Georgia have impressed at times, but they lack the defensive personnel to prevent this Portugal side racking up the goals in Gelsenkirchen.

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Georgia Latest Team News

Kvaratskhelia is the star man for Georgia, and while he plays on the wing for Napoli, he is one of the national team’s central outlets. This wasn’t always the case, with the switch coming more recently, but it continued against Turkey and the Czech Republic with Kvaratskhelia partnering Mikautadze up front — the latter already registering two goals at the tournament, making him the joint-top scorer.

They lead a team that usually sets up in a 3-5-2, with Giorgi Chakvetadze providing some creativity from the midfield three. It’s hard to see Sagnol changing his team, which fought well against Turkey and the Czech Republic, and only finding themselves on one point thanks to wondergoals, heartbreaking misses, and a slight overcommitment to attack.

Portugal Latest Team News

As mentioned, Martinez has confirmed he will ring the changes against Georgia, keeping some key players rested and allowing some squad players to stay sharp and involved in the group. That might give Georgia hope, but then you must consider a rotated XI from the Turkey win, including Joao Felix, Diogo Dalot, Diogo Jota and Joao Neves.

Georgia vs Portugal Head to Head

These two nations have only ever met on one previous occasion, with Portugal beating Georgia 2-0 in a friendly back in May 2008. Cristiano Ronaldo and 41-year-old Pepe still survive from that match in a Portuguese side that also featured the likes of Deco, Ricardo Carvalho, Nuno Gomes and Nani.

How to watch Georgia vs Portugal Live

Georgia vs Portugal kicks off on Wednesday, 26th June, at 8pm (UK time) and will be broadcast live in the UK on ITV.

Every game at Euro 2024 will be shown live on either BBC or ITV, with the two platforms sharing the broadcast rights.