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Georgia vs Portugal, UEFA Euro 2024, Today Match Prediction

Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia

Can Georgia pull of the biggest upset in Euro 2024?

  • Portugal has scored 13 goals in their last six outings
  • Georges Mikautadze has scored both the goals for Georgia in the tournament
  • Portugal are averaging 2.59 goals per game in all the games played in 2024

Portugal to Win (1-2)

Tournament: UEFA Euro 2024 | Venue: Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia

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Portugal, the 2016 champions, have already secured their place in the knockout stage after topping Group F. In contrast, Georgia's fate hangs in the balance. Tied on points with the Czech Republic, they face a must-win encounter against Portugal. Their tournament started with a disappointing 3-1 loss to Turkey, but they managed to salvage a valuable point in a 1-1 draw against the Czechs. Meanwhile, Portugal has looked dominant. They edged past the Czechs 2-1 before dismantling Turkey 3-0. With a win against Georgia, they'll aim to maintain their momentum heading into the knockout stages.

Georgia Preview

Entering the contest, Georgia, the lowest-ranked team in Euro 2024, has a monumental task ahead. Despite manager Willy Sagnol's satisfaction with the team's progress, their missed opportunity to snatch a last-minute win against the Czech Republic leaves them in a precarious situation. A win is now essential for their survival.

With two points from two games, the Georgians need to pull off one of the biggest upsets in European Championship history to reach the knockout stages. While their offence boasts a respectable average of 2.3 goals per game in their last 10 outings (excluding one scoreless match), they'll likely face a Portugal side with many new faces for this encounter.

Georgia Probable Starting XI: Giorgi Mamardashvili (Goalkeeper); Solomon Kvirkelia, Guram Kashia, Lasha Dvali (Defenders); Otar Kakabadze, Giorgi Kochorashvili, Anzor Mekvabishvili, Georgiy Tsitaishvili (Mid-Fielders); Zuriko Davitashvili, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Georges Mikautadze (Forwards)

Portugal Preview

Portugal, the table-toppers of Group F and favourites to win this encounter, will likely experiment with their lineup, giving opportunities to players who have been warming the bench. Three of the four starting forwards played the entire 90 minutes against Turkey in the convincing 3-0 win. Team manager Roberto Martinez will likely keep them fresh for the knockout stages.

Forward Francisco Conceição, who turned the tide in Portugal's opening fixture against the Czech Republic with a late goal as a substitute, could get his first start of the tournament. The winger has been impressive recently, scoring five league goals for Porto. He could be in for another exciting outing where he'll aim to rattle the Georgian defence and find the net. Big news for fans: star player Cristiano Ronaldo, who hasn't scored yet, is likely to be rested for this match. 

Portugal Probable Starting XI: Diogo Costa (Goalkeeper); Diogo Dalot, Goncalo Inacio, Ruben Diaz, Semedo (Defenders); Joao Neves, Ruben Neves, Joao Felix (Mid Fielders); Francisco Conceicao, Pedro Neto, Diogo Jota (Forwards)

Even though Portugal is resting senior players and giving opportunities to younger talents, these players are still capable of unsettling any defence. This is especially true considering Georgia's vulnerable backline. The pressure on Georgia entering this match is immense, as it's a must-win situation for them. However, pushing aggressively for a win will likely lead to defensive lapses that Portugal's strikers will be looking to exploit. Therefore, we predict a comfortable win for Portugal, regardless of the number of lineup rotations they make.

Portugal to Win (1-2)

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Author: Neev Chopra