Portugal v Germany Prediction: Euro 2020 Match on 19.06.2021
Another action-packed Saturday of exciting Euro 2020 fixtures await followers of the beautiful game as the pools begin to take shape. Two games from Group F are scheduled, and with this being the most dramatic of groups this summer, a huge TV audience will follow the games. Hungary plays host to France from 14:00 before European Champions and current holders Portugal face off against Germany at 17:00.
Our team of football writers cover the tournament’s biggest games and continue to do so with our Portugal v Germany preview. Portugal is eager to equal their efforts of 2016 when winning the Euros, but they have an ageing squad and one that will struggle to replicate the performances of five years ago. This is likely to be Cristiano Ronaldo’s final Euros, so the Juventus attacker will want to sign off in style.
Germany ranks as the competition’s joint-highest winners, having been crowned champions of Europe on three previous occasions. They sit alongside Spain, who also has three titles but believe they are good enough to get out of this group and go on to create history by winning the trophy for the fourth time. To give themselves the best chance of achieving that, they must defeat Portugal. The result is more important than the performance for both teams.
Portugal trail on the head-to-head stats
Portugal enter this match trailing their opponents on the head-to-head stats. The teams first met back in 1936 in an international friendly when Germany eased to a 3-1 victory. That set the standard for this fixture, and Portugal has won just one of 10 games against Germany ahead of this renewal. The stats show that one win, three draws and six wins for the Germans. Portugal’s spare victory came at the Euros in 2000 when they shocked the competition with a stunning 3-0 result in Rotterdam. Sergio Conceicao netted a hat trick that day.
Looking beyond the head-to-head stats gives Portugal fans more to smile about. They entered Euro 2020 on a great run of form, unbeaten in six games ahead of their title defence. That run was made up of two draws and a trio of victories and included an eye-catching 4-0 over Israel in their final warm-up match. The last team to defeat Portugal in competitive action was France in the Nations League when Les Bleus snuck a 1-0 at the Estadio da Luz in November of last year. N’Golo Kante scored the match’s only goal that day despite Portugal having more of the ball possession, shots and corners.
Ronaldo also arrives in great form and finished as the leading goalscorer in Serie A this season despite Juventus surrendering their title and having a woeful campaign. He was just ahead of Romelu Lukaku, and CR7 is one of the early favorites to win the Golden Boot this summer. He scored two goals in Portugal’s three previous matches before the Euros, including one against Israel. Ronaldo will be behind every success his team has.
Tough times for Germany
Germany is one of the strongest and most successful nations in world football, as is evident from their list of achievements, but they aren’t as convincing as they once were. Since winning the World Cup, Germany has undergone a transitional period where the old guards made way for the new players coming through. So far, the fresh blood hasn’t been able to live up to expectations. Germany has suffered some painful defeats of late, and the pressure is on to perform at Euro 2020.
One of the most embarrassing defeats for Germany in living memory came at the hands of Spain when they were hammered 6-0 in a Nations League match near the end of last year. That massacre sent shockwaves throughout world football but was Spain really that good, or is Germany in turmoil? It looked to be a bit of both. Spain impressed with Ferran Torres netting a hattrick while Germany finished with just one shot on target in the 90 minutes, recording 30% of the ball possession.
Another defeat of note saw Germany lose to North Macedonia in a World Cup qualifier earlier this year. It wasn’t quite as painful as the drubbing suffered at the hands of Spain, but it was a painful experience for supporters, the players and the coaching staff. Manager Joachim Low is coming under increasing pressure and knows if his team doesn’t do something of note at this summer’s Championships, he could find himself out of a job. Will that pressure make or break the team?
Portugal v Germany prediction
Portugal brings the better recent form into this match, and confidence is high in the camp. They are a long way from being a one-player team, but in Ronaldo, they have the biggest talent in the competition who can win games independently. He constantly delivers on the big stage, and a match against Germany in the Euros is more than big enough to capture his attention. The attacker will be influential in this match.
Germany has been in better shape, there is no denying that, but the team will want to leave their recent worries at the door and concentrate, firstly, on getting out of this group. They know the dangers associated with defeat here in such a competitive pool, and that will ramp up the pressure on an already battle-weary squad.
The stats show four of the last five meetings of Portugal and Germany have seen one team fail to find the net. That run includes a 1-0 win for the Germans at the Euros in 2012. Either side would gladly accept a narrow 1-0 win if offered it before the start of play. Followers are expecting a tense, nervy affair rather than a goal festival of football.
Euro 2020 betting
22Bet members can place a bet on the outcome of this match, and they’ll find Portugal priced at 3.08 for the win. Germany are 2.34 with the draw available at 3.32.
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