Georgia vs Portugal Preview: 50th Appearance an a Major International Tournament for Cristiano Ronaldo

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
25 June 2024, 13:40

Georgia vs Portugal

Georgia and Portugal are set to face off in their final group stage match at the Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen. This match holds significant importance for Georgia, who are making their debut appearance in a major international tournament and are still in contention for a spot in the knockout stages. Portugal, having already secured the top spot in Group F with two victories, enter this match with less pressure. However, the 2016 European champions will be looking to maintain their winning momentum and potentially rest some key players ahead of the knockout rounds. This game marks only the second meeting between these two nations, with Portugal winning their previous encounter in a pre-EURO 2008 friendly (2-0). Naturally, Portugal comes as an obvious favourite of the match, as per Georgia vs Portugal odds.

Georgia Team News

Georgia, despite having secured only one point from their first two matches, have impressed with their positive and aggressive play in the tournament. Under the guidance of coach Willy Sagnol, the team has shown vivid determination, reaching the last group match with a chance to progress to the knockout phase, making this Georgia's journey in the Euro historic. The Georgian team will be relying on the talents of Napoli star Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and forward Georges Mikautadze, who has scored in both of Georgia's matches so far. Goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili, who was brilliant in the match against Czech Republic, having 11 saves and preventing at least 3 goals, is expected to play a crucial role in keeping Portugal's attack at bay. 

Portugal Team News

Portugal enter this match in excellent form, having won both of their group stage matches convincingly. Their recent 3-0 victory over Turkey showcased their versatility, with goals from Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes. However, Portugal's defence has shown some vulnerability, conceding 9 goals in their last six matches across all competitions. Roberto Martínez is likely to make some changes to the starting lineup, given that Portugal has already secured qualification. One confirmed absence is Rafael Leão, who will serve a suspension after receiving his second booking of the tournament in the previous match, with both of them for diving. Despite these potential changes, Portugal's squad depth should allow them to field a strong team. If plays, Cristiano Ronaldo will make his 50th appearance at a major international tournament, adding another milestone to his illustrious career after breaking a record of having the most assists in the history of Euro tournaments.

Georgia vs Portugal Prediction

Portugal Handicap -1

With Portugal has already secured its qualification, this match will become the perfect opportunities for the players who were deprived of being included in the starting lineup in previous matches. With such attacking figures as Joao Felix and Diogo Jota, it does not seem that Georgia will be able to withstand the pressure. Moreover, the nominal hosts will need to open up their game to secure points, which will likely be exploited by more classy Portuguese. The only hope in this regard comes to Giorgi Mamardashvili, but he seemed to have the match of his life in the previous game against Czechia. This Georgia vs Portugal prediction comes at 1.56 at MrPlay.

Total Over 2.5

Portugal, unlike their previous tournaments, opts for attacking display which results in high amount of goals scored (and, naturally, conceded). Thus, 5 last consecutive matches of Seleção have seen more than two goals. Georgia also prefers to display aggressive and attacking football, and given their dire need of points, they are likely to go all-in. In this situation, we are likely to witness a high-speed match with plenty of goals on the scoresheet. This outcome can be picked up at 1.55 at MrPlay.

Cristiano Ronaldo to Score 

With Cristiano Ronaldo having the perfect opportunity to score his first goal at this tournament in the match against Turkiye, he instead decided to make an assist on Bruno Fernandes, thus claiming to be the player with the most assists in the history of Euro. This match, which will be his 50th in the international tournaments, will be the perfect opportunity for Bruno to return the favour, as Cristiano obviously aims to become the best goalscorer in this Euro as well. Moreover, given that Georgia will need to eventually open up, this will provide plenty of chances for the legendary Portuguese. This Georgia vs Portugal tip comes at 1.68 at MrPlay.

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