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The group of death will come to a conclusion on Wednesday when Portugal and France face off for one of the top two spots in Group F.

It’s France who sit top of the group, and a win for Didier Deschamps’ men would be good enough to seal that place, but defeat could see them drop down to third if Germany can get a positive result against Hungary.

For Portugal, just one point would be enough to get them through to the knockout stages, but a loss could see them eliminated if results from other groups go against them.

Here’s everything you need to know about this one.

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The Puskas Arena will host this one / LASZLO BALOGH/Getty Images

When is kick off? Wednesday 23 June, 20:00 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Puskas Arena, Budapest
What TV channel is it on? BBC One/BBC iPlayer (UK), fuboTV/ESPN (US)
Who’s the referee? Mateu Lahoz
Who’s the VAR? Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez

*You can find out how to watch every Euro 2020 game here.

Joao Felix

Felix remains unavailable / Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Portugal remain without injured duo Joao Felix (thigh) and Nuno Mendes (hamstring), with the latter’s absence meaning another start for Raphael Guerreiro despite his own goal in the 4-2 defeat to Germany.

There could be a handful of changes to the team following that game, the most likely of which could be the inclusion of LOSC Lille midfielder Renato Sanches, who could replace one of either Danilo Pereira or William Carvalho to give his side a little extra spark.

Ousmane Dembele

Dembele is out of the tournament / Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

Ousmane Dembele has left the camp and returned to Barcelona after his knee injury was deemed serious enough to keep him out for the remainder of the tournament, so his role on the bench will now be given to somebody else.

That’s the only concern for Deschamps, who has the option to – should he so wish – rotate his squad after securing a spot in the knockout stages.

Portugal: Patricio; Semedo, Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro; Pereira, Sanches; Bernardo Silva, Fernandes, Rafa Silva; Ronaldo.

France: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Lucas; Kante, Pogba, Tolisso, Griezmann; Mbappe, Benzema.

The history books are almost entirely in France’s favour for this one. Out of their 27 meetings in the past, Les Blues have come out victories no fewer than 19 times, with Portugal only winning six and holding France to a draw on two occasions.

The two sides met in the Nations League in late 2020, and it was France who had the last laugh. They drew 0-0 in October before Deschamps’ men bagged a 1-0 victory a few weeks later.

The meeting before that? Oh yeah, that was the Euro 2016 final, where Eder’s extra-time winner handed Portugal a memorable title victory.

Antoine Griezmann

France will expect to edge this / Markus Gilliar/Getty Images

As the only side yet to lose a game in the group, you’d have to say France come into this one as favourites, and they will feel somewhat confident after watching Portugal get pumped 4-2 by Germany last time out.

Having said that, France are yet to really set the world on fire this summer. They weren’t particularly impressive when they were held by Hungary in their last game and needed an own goal to scrape past Germany. There’s an air of vulnerability around them.

Portugal need the points here more than France to, so expect Fernando Santos’ side to go for it, but this is still France we’re talking about. They don’t have to be in elite form to win games.

Prediction: Portugal 1-2 France

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