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Euro 2016 final: Portugal v France - Lawro's prediction

July 11,2016 03:16

BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson is predicting the outcome of every game at the 2016 European Championship. Lawro correctly forecast that France, his pre-tournament pick to win the tournament, would beat Germany in their semi-final, but wrongly ...and more »



BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson is predicting the outcome of every game at the 2016 European Championship.Lawro correctly forecast that France, his pre-tournament pick to win the tournament, would beat Germany in their semi-final, but wrongly thought Wales would beat Portugal and make Sunday's final.He picked the winner in two of the four quarter-finals, six of the eight last-16 ties and enjoyed a 42% success rate in the group stage, correctly guessing the outcome of 15 of the 36 games.The only group he failed to get a single result in was Group F, which saw Hungary and Iceland spring a surprise by finishing first and second.Before the tournament Lawro chose 11 of the 16 teams that went through to the first knockout stage.Along with more than 375,000 of you, Lawro is taking part in the new BBC Sport Predictor game. He is going head-to-head with pundits, presenters and commentators from across BBC Sport. He's doing well, but he is only in the running for a podium place - with a maximum of 40 points still to be won, commentator Alistair Bruce-Ball is certain of victory with one game to go.BBC Sport Predictor: The pundits league - how it stands at the topPositionNameScore1Alistair Bruce-Ball570= 2Dan Walker520= 2Ian Dennis5204Phil McNulty5105Mark Lawrenson490You can make your own prediction for the final and take on your friends and other fans using the BBC's Euros Predictor.Lawro's final prediction - and selected othersPortugal v FranceLawro0-3Ian Dennis0-2Kevin Kilbane1-2Phil McNulty1-2Danny Mills1-3Alan Shearer1-3Dan Walker0-2Steve Wilson1-0Sunday, 10 July

Portugal v France (20:00 BST, Stade de France)Portugal have got to the final without playing well in any of their six matches in the tournament so far.Other than putting a lot of crosses into the area for Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani, I am not sure what they offer going forward other than sitting back and waiting and waiting for the the opposition to make a mistake.Their problem with doing that in this game is that they have not played a team as dangerous as France before. They have got so many players who will hurt Portugal if they give them time and space on the ball.When you look at how France have got their goals, and who has got them, then they have got a lot of options on the field and on the bench in terms of who can do the damage.I know it has been said that France are vulnerable at the back but they dealt pretty well with Germany in their semi-final.Samuel Umtiti has come in and been outstanding in defence and, behind them, they have one of the best goalkeepers in the world in Hugo Lloris.France will be fine even if they fall behind
Highlights: Germany 0-2 FranceEuro 2016 has not been a great tournament in terms of brilliant matches, but in terms of a spectacle, I just hope that France score early in the final.Even if they go behind, I do not think they will be in trouble in the same way Wales were in their semi-final.France have got more attacking weapons than any other team in the tournament and on top of that they have got momentum and home advantage.Many of the best players over the past month have been French and in Antoine Griezmann they have the player of the tournament. He is an outstanding number 10 but what I love about him is that he is perfectly happy to track back and work when he is asked to as well.I am convinced France will win but it is difficult to say whether this will be the start of a period of dominance for Les Bleus. Most of their talented attacking players are young, but it is hard to know how they will shape up as a team by the time the next World Cup comes round in 2018.Lawro's prediction: 0-3Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.Lawro's semi-final predictionsGamesScoreLawro's predictionWednesday, 6 JulyPortugal v Wales2-01-1 (Wales to win on penalties)Thursday, 7 JulyGermany v France0-20-2Lawro's quarter-final predictionsGamesScoreLawro's predictionThursday, 30 JunePoland v Portugal1-1 (3-5 pens)2-0Friday, 1 JulyWales v Belgium3-10-2Saturday, 2 JulyGermany v Italy1-1 (6-5 pens)2-0Sunday, 3 JulyFrance v Iceland5-22-0Lawro's last-16 predictionsGamesScoreLawro's predictionSaturday, 25 JuneSwitzerland v Poland1-1 (Poland win 5-4 on pens)0-2Wales v Northern Ireland1-01-0Croatia v Portugal0-1 AET1-1 AET * Portugal to win on pensSunday, 26 JuneFrance v Republic of Ireland2-11-0Germany v Slovakia3-02-0Hungary v Belgium0-40-2Monday, 27 JuneItaly v Spain2-00-1England v Iceland1-23-0

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