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How France could line up against Portugal

Sports Mole looks at how France could line up in Sunday's UEFA Nations League clash with Portugal.

France will be looking to stretch their winning run in the 2020-21 UEFA Nations league to three matches when they host Portugal on Sunday night.

Didier Deschamps's side have beaten Sweden and Croatia in their two matches in Group 3 of League A and will be attempting to move ahead of Portugal in the section this weekend.

Les Bleus will enter the match off the back of a 7-1 win over Ukraine in an international friendly on Wednesday, while they have been victorious in 18 of their previous 25 encounters with Portugal.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how the world champions could line up at the Stade de France.


As expected, Deschamps named an experimental lineup against Ukraine, but the head coach will make wholesale changes for the clash with Portugal.

Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante should be back in the XI for this match, while the same can be said for Hugo Lloris between the sticks.

Giroud became the second-highest scorer in France's history with a double against Ukraine - moving past the legendary Michel Platini in the process - and the Chelsea striker should retain his spot in the XI, with Mbappe and Griezmann also set for roles in the final third of the field.

Clement Lenglet will be hoping to get the nod over Presnel Kimpembe and Dayot Upamecano at the back alongside Varane, while Corentin Tolisso could keep his spot in midfield alongside Kante and Pogba.

Lucas Hernandez was not used against Ukraine while Lucas Digne played the full 90, suggesting that the former will get the nod at left-back on Sunday night.

Anthony Martial, Steven N'Zonzi and Eduardo Camavinga are expected to be among those to drop to the bench, meanwhile, as Deschamps prepares to select his strongest available XI.

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