Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal are ready to be back in action in the UEFA Euro following their 2-1 win against the Czech Republic. They will face off against Turkey tonight at the iconic Signal Iduna Park, aiming to go on the top of the table.

Turkey are currently at the top of the table in Group F with their dominating win over Georgia, who have qualified for the European Championship for the very first time. Being an underdog, Turkey aims to shock Portugal at Signal Iduna Park. Turkey’s defender Kaan Ayhan said, “In the Portugal game, we will be the underdogs. They are one of the favourites at EURO 2024. Therefore, we can show how dangerous a team we are by winning.”

Portugal defender Nuno Mendes also knows the threat from Turkey, but he is confident to secure all three points for Portugal. “They have young and talented players, and it will be hard, that’s for sure. But we are Portugal, and we’ll go out to win,” said Nuno Mendes.

Stats & Facts

  • Portugal have maintained a 100% winning record in all three of their Euro meetings with Turkey. Additionally, Portugal have not conceded a single goal in any of those matches.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to score a goal in any of Portugal’s three matches against Turkey in the UEFA Euros.
  • Turkey have come to the Euro 2024 without winning any of their previous five matches but secured a dominating win to start their mission in Euro 2024.
  • Portugal have won seven of their nine meetings with Turkey across all competitions and lost two. However, Portugal’s most recent defeat against Turkey was in the FIFA Friendly in 2012.
  • Since Turkey have won their first match against Georgia, a win over Portugal would see them winning back-to-back matches in a major tournament for the very first time.
  • Portugal have lost only one of their last nine matches in the group round. The last time they lost a match in group stage was against Germany in 2021.

Team News

Turkey’s wonder kid Arda Güler made history in the match against Georgia, as he scored in this match to become the youngest player to score in the European Championship. The Real Madrid boy will continue to play from the starting XI. However, Turkey’s boss is likely to recall Zeki Celik and Merih Demiral at the heart of their defense.

As for Portugal, manager Roberto Martinez is likely to play with an unchanged squad. Ruben Dias, Pepe, and Nuno Mendis will play as the back three, while Diogo Dalot and Joao Cancelo will play as the wing-backs.

39-year-old Ronaldo will lead the attack along with Rafael Leao and Bernardo Silva.

Possible Lineup for Turkey:

Gunok; Muldur, Akaydin, Bardakci, Kadioglu; Ozcan, Calhanoglu; Guler, Kokcu, Yildiz; Yilmaz

Possible Lineup for Portugal:

Costa; Pepe, Dias, Mendes; Dalot, Fernandes, Vitinha, Cancelo; Bernardo, Ronaldo, Leao

Prediction: Turkey 1-2 Portugal

Turkey showed their attacking prowess in their opening match against Georgia. Players like Arda Guler and Kenan Yildiz can be a big threat to Portugal.

However, Portugal have a strong squad and are one of the favorite in this tournament. Experienced players like Cristiano Ronaldo can change the game at any time. Therefore, we will go for Portugal to win the match.

Betfair Odds

Turkey: 5.66
Draw: 4.14
Portugal: 1.63

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