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Portugal Predicted Lineup for Group F Clash Against Turkey

Cristiano Ronaldo and Diogo Dalot during a friendly match against Ireland.

Roberto Martinez’s side will be looking to build on their strong start to Euro 2024 as they take on Turkey in their next game on June 22. Last Word on Football brings you a Portugal predicted lineup for this crucial encounter.

Portugal Predicted Lineup vs Turkey for Group F Clash

How Portugal Have Lined Up Recently

Portugal manager Roberto Martinez has experimented with a few different formations in the friendlies leading up to the tournament. However, in the last two games, one being their opening fixture of Euro 2024, the Seleção have stuck to a back-3 formation.

The oldest player to start a game in Euros history, Pepe, was partnered in defense by Ruben Dias and Nuno Mendes. Diogo Costa kept his spot in goal ahead of veteran Rui Patricio.

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Joao Cancelo and Diogo Dalot were Martinez’s preferred wingbacks with Bruno Fernandes and Player of the Match Vitinha in midfield. Rafael Leao and Bernardo Silva partnered with captain Cristiano Ronaldo in attack.

This formation could see Goncalo Inacio the young Sporting center-back replace Mendes in defense, with the latter pushed further up the field in favour of Dalot. This could be an effective ploy to counter Turkish phenom and Real Madrid star Arda Guler.

Pedro Neto, Francisco Conceicao, and Diogo Jota also impressed in their cameos in the first game and could be in contention to make their way into the starting lineup.

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Portugal’s Recent Form and Tactics

Portugal have won their last two games against Czechia and Ireland respectively. However, they were facing a disappointing start to the tournament before Conceicao’s brilliant stoppage-time winner against their Euro rivals.

Martínez’s strategy emphasizes high pressing and quick transitions, aiming to utilize the pace and skill of his attacking players. The wing-backs are encouraged to join the attack, providing width and creating overloads on the flanks.

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This approach has yielded positive results, with the side looking cohesive and dangerous going forward.

Defensively, Portugal aims to maintain a compact shape, pressing high up the pitch to disrupt the opposition’s build-up play. The midfield duo plays a crucial role in this system, ensuring a balance between attack and defense.

Portugal Injuries to Consider

Martinez will have a fully fit squad at his disposal as his side aim to solidify their spot atop Group F.

Portugal Predicted Lineup

GK – Diogo Costa

LCB – Goncalo Inacio

CB – Ruben Dias

RCB – Pepe

LWB – Nuno Mendes

CM – Bruno Fernandes

CM – Vitinha

RWB – Joao Cancelo

LW – Diogo Jota

ST – Cristiano Ronaldo

RW – Bernardo Silva


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