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European Under-17s Championship | Group Stage
May 27, 2024 at 6.30pm UK


Preview: Portugal Under-17s vs. France Under-17s - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Monday's European Under-17s Championship clash between Portugal Under-17s and France Under-17s, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Portugal Under-17s and France Under-17s will both be looking to secure a place in the European Under-17 Championship knockout rounds when they go head-to-head in Monday's clash in Larnaca.

Having won both of their group matches, Portugal are sitting at the top of the group with a three-point buffer to France in third place.

Match preview

After experiencing a group-stage exit last year, Portugal are on the brink of returning to the European Under-17 Championship knockout rounds, having taken maximum points from their first two matches against Spain and England.

On matchday one, Portugal fought back from a goal down to claim a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Rodrigo Mora and Cardoso Varela.

Mora produced another goalscoring display in Friday's clash with England, netting a brace before Gabriel Silva and Afonso Patrao found the net to seal a dominant 4-1 win.

After claiming a sixth consecutive win in all competitions, Portugal will enter the final group with a three-point gap to England and France, who occupy second and third place respectively.

A point will see them progress as the group winners, but a defeat and an England win would see three finish level on six points, which would bring head-to-head records into play.

France will be targeting another deep run in the competition after winning the trophy in 2022 and finishing as the runners-up in 2023.

Their 2024 campaign got off to a disastrous start as they slumped to a heavy 4-0 defeat in their tournament opener against England.

They looked set to experience more frustration until substitute Enzo Molebe netted an 86th-minute winner in Friday's clash with Spain.

As a result of the 1-0 win, France will enter the final matchday knowing that a win would secure them a place in the quarter-finals.

However, a failure to claim all three points will leave France at risk of suffering their first group-stage elimination since 2016.

Portugal Under-17s European Under-17s Championship form:

France Under-17s European Under-17s Championship form:

Team News

Portugal midfielder David Daiber could make a second consecutive start, with Santos likely to name an unchanged lineup for Monday's contest.

Mota will continue to provide a goal threat from midfield, having scored three times in Portugal's opening two matches.

Buoyed from his goal on matchday two, Gabriel Silva will continue to operate in a front three alongside Geovany Quenda and Varela.

France goalkeeper Jules Stawiecki is set to retain his place after keeping a clean sheet in his first appearance in the tournament.

Paris Saint-Germain's Joane Gadou is poised to line up in central defence with Mustapha Sissoko, while Marius Louer and Iliese Salhi could operate as the two full-backs.

Molebe dropped down to the bench on matchday two, but the forward is in line for a recall after marking Friday's substitute appearance with the winning goal.

Portugal Under-17s possible starting lineup:
Ferreira; Soares, R Silva, Mota, Cunha; Mora, Daiber, Simeos; Quenda, Varela, G Silva

France Under-17s possible starting lineup:
Stwiecki; Louer, Gadou, Sissoko, Salhi; Bakola, Cabral, Sellami; Sternal, Messi, Molebe

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We say: Portugal Under-17s 2-1 France Under-17s

Portugal have already demonstrated their credentials as potential tournament winners, having seen off Spain and England in their first two matches.

While France will provide a tough test, we expect a confident Portugal side to do enough to collect all three points.

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Group A

Q Germany Germany22006
2 Switzerland Switzerland21104
3 Scotland flag Scotland20111
4 Hungary Hungary20020

Group B

Q Spain Spain22006
2 Italy Italy21013
3 Albania national flag Albania20111
4 Croatia Croatia20111

Group C

1 England flag England21104
2 Denmark Denmark20202
3 Slovenia Slovenia20202
4 Serbia Serbia20111

Group D

1 Netherlands Netherlands21104
2 France France21104
3 Austria Austria21013
4 Poland Poland20020

Group E

1 Romania Romania11003
2 Ukraine Ukraine21013
3 Slovakia Slovakia21013
4 Belgium Belgium10010

Group F

1 Turkey Turkey11003
2 Portugal Portugal11003
3 Czech Republic Czech Republic20111
4 Georgia Georgia20111

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