The Scout: Euro 2024 Matchday 18

Spain v Germany

The come-from-behind win over Georgia further emphasised Spain’s credentials as potential tournament winner and coach Luis de la Fuente is unlikely to tinker with his formula. Youngsters Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams have been outstanding in wide areas, while Fabian Ruiz continues to impress alongside Rodri in midfield. Spain have scored in each of their last nine games at the European Championships.

Germany didn’t have it all their own way against Denmark before making it into the last eight. Leroy Sane was preferred to Florian Wirtz for that encounter but that change could be reversed. Antonio Rudiger returns from suspension and will regain his place in defence at the expense of Nico Schlotterbeck.

Spain WIN

Portugal v France

Portugal did it the hard way against Slovenia, prevailing after a penalty shootout. Cristiano Ronaldo endured highs and lows, as well as criticism about his performance. However, he will again spearhead the attack with no changes expected. At 41 years of age, veteran defender Pepe could have his hands full against Kyllian Mbappe. Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes remain the chief creative influences in attack.

France have been superb defensively at Euro 2024 but at the other end, their three goals have come courtesy of two own goals and a penalty. Coach Didier Deschamps will be without the suspended Adrien Rabiot so will decide between the attacking Ousmane Dembele or the more defensive minded Eduardo Camavinga as the replacement. Antoine Griezmann is expected to shift back to a central area where he is more effective.

France WIN


Spain v Germany – Both teams to score – Yes

Portugal v France – Under 3.5 total goals

Kylian Mbappe – To score

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