Portugal vs Germany Predictions: Betting tips, odds & match preview
Germany will look to bounce back from defeat in their Euro 2020 opener when they take on Portugal for the second game in Group F on Saturday at 5pm.
Portugal vs Germany: Predictions
In what is, without question, the toughest group in Euro 2020, the moods of both nations were poles apart after matchday one. The reigning champions, Portugal, were sleepwalking towards a frustrating stalemate before Cristiano Ronaldo inspired a late 3-0 win, while Germany were edged out by world champions France.
It was an intimidating atmosphere in Budapest as a capacity crowd at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium cheered on Hungary, but Portugal brought the decibel levels down a notch or two with their late flurry, in which Ronaldo netted a five-minute brace to follow on from Raphael Guerreiro’s deadlock breaker.
Germany meanwhile enjoyed no such luck against France as Joachim Low — who will leave at the end of the tournament — struggled to find a way of thwarting the breakneck speed of Kylian Mbappe, though it was ultimately a Mats Hummels own goal that separated the nations.
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The last five matches between Portugal and Germany have produced 17 goals, at an average of 3.4 per match. Four of those have witnessed 3+ goals.
Cristiano Ronaldo has never scored against Germany (four games), despite attempting 23 shots in 360 minutes of action.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored the only penalty of Euro 2020 so far.
France centre-backs Raphael Varane and Presnel Kimpembe were not dribbled past once against Germany.
Germany lost their opening fixture of the European Championship for the first time in their history against France.
Toni Kroos completed exactly 100 passes against France. In the last three tournaments (EURO 2016, World Cup 2018, EURO 2020), there have been six instances of a Germany player completing 100+ passes in a game and all six have been by Kroos.
Portugal vs Germany: Corner Stats
Portugal racked up six corners in their opener against Hungary, though they failed to capitalise on those deadball scenarios. Fernando Santos, though, will be encouraged that his side dominated the flanks and didn’t allow the Magyars to register a single corner. Germany meanwhile had five to France’s three, with Les Bleus dominating the skies on the night; Paul Pogba registered a match-high four aerial duels won, and Raphael Varane came in next with three.
Portugal vs Germany: Cards Stats
Both these nations picked up a yellow card in their respective openers. Ruben Dias was caught out and entered the referee’s book, while Joshua Kimmich, playing in an unfamiliar right wing-back role did not escape the naughty step, seeing yellow after fouling Lucas Hernandez in the first half. However, he managed to see the game out despite playing the majority of the game on a yellow against the blistering pace of Mbappe.
Portugal vs Germany: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Portugal 1-3 Germany
Portugal vs Germany: Odds
Portugal vs Germany: Head to Head
16 Jun 2014 – Germany 4-0 Portugal – World Cup
09 Jun 2012 – Germany 1-0 Portugal – European Championship
19 Jun 2008 – Portugal 2-3 Germany – European Championship
08 Jul 2006 – Germany 3-1 Portugal – World Cup
20 Jun 2000 – Portugal 3-0 Germany – European Championship
The notable fixture is, of course, that 2014 encounter, in which Germany beat Portugal 4-0 en route to World Cup success. Low’s men won the opener of Group G in style, with the United States famously finishing above Portugal, while Thomas Muller helped himself to a hat-trick, the only one of his international career so far.