Santos has moved decisively to address the deficiencies Portugal displayed in midfield in their opening games, with Fernandes and Carvahlo replaced by Moutinho and Sanches. That should make Portugal more consistent and creative. Meanwhile, France have made three personnel changes: switching to both wingers and replacing Rabiot with Tolisso in midfield. They also seem poised to make a slight adjustment to their formation, switching from a midfield diamond to 4-2-3-1 in an effort to get their high-grade front-line skyrocketing. That means Portugal’s right-back Semedo, who was invaded against Germany, will be forced to try to control Mbappé. Good courage!
Portugal: Patrick; Semedo, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro; Moutinho, Danilo, Sanches; Silva, Ronaldo, Jota
Subs: Lopes, Palhinha, Oliveira, Felix, R Silva, Dalot, Neves, Fernandes, A Silva, Fonte
France: Lloris; Koundé, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez; Kanté, Pogba; Tolisso, Griezmann, Mbappé; Benzema
Substitutes: Mandanda, Maignan, Lenglet, Pavard, Digne, Sissoko, Coman, Rabiot, Zouma, Ben Yeddder, Giroud, Lemar
Referee: A Lahoz (Spain)