The Portuguese have found the back of the net eight times so far this tournament, with six of them being shared by Cristiano Ronaldo & Nani. If they are to beat the French on home soil, you would expect one of these two to grab that vital goal.
Nani has recently signed for Valencia and he’s been showing the form that prompted Manchester United to pay £17 million for him back in 2007. He’s earnt himself 102 caps and 21 goals so far at international level and we truly believe that he could be the man for the moment in Paris come Sunday.
You can currently get odds at 13/8 that he will finish top goalscorer for his country.
The winning team will need one special player to stand out, a player who has had an exceptional season and one who has everyone talking about him. Step forward, Dimitri Payet.
With three goals and two assists to his name already, Payet has had a fantastic tournament. Not only that, he was named man of the match in the opening two group games against Romania and Albania. If you act quickly you’ll be able to get odds at 15/2 that Payet can add a third man of the match performance to his tally at this summer’s tournament.
The French are the leading goal scorers with 13 between them and Antonie Griezmann has grabbed six of them in as many games. After scoring a brace against Germany in the semi-final, Griezmann will be full of confidence coming into the final.
Portugal have an ageing defence with their youngest centre back being Jose Fonte at 32. He looks likely to lose his place to Pepe who missed the semi-final through injury and this is an area that Griezmann will be looking to exploit.
You can get odds at 5/1 that he’ll grab the first goal in the final.
If you can’t decide who’s going to win in 90 minutes, why not predict a penalty shootout. Portugal have already played 120 minutes twice this tournament, can they take a 3rd team into extra time and win a 2nd penalty shootout?