Portugal vs Iceland Betting Preview

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Updated Thursday 23rd June 2016, 12:56 PM

Portugal vs Iceland sees Cristiano Ronaldo make his first appearance at Euro 2016, with the bookies expecting him and his Portuguese colleagues to walk away with the three points. The final two teams to take to the pitch in the tournament appear mismatched at first glance, with Portugal ranked 8th in the world and Iceland 34th, but will the match play out as expected or could there be a surprise on the cards?

How the Bookies See it

  • Winner - Portugal 1/2, Iceland 16/5, Draw 7/1 - Totesport
  • First Goalscorer - Ronaldo 5/2, Eder 6/1, Nani 15/2 - William Hill
  • Half Time/Full Time - Portugal/Portugal 13/10, Draw/Portugal 3/1, Draw/Draw 4/1 - Paddy Power

Form

  • Portugal didn’t cover themselves in glory when they took on England at Wembley earlier this month, losing 1-0. However, they responded with a 7-0 thrashing of Estonia six days later, which will have improved the mood in the camp coming into the championships.
  • Iceland were also among the goals when they put four past Liechtenstein on Monday 6th June. A narrow defeat to Norway previously and a win over Greece in March suggest they might not be the pushovers some expect them to be.

Sports.net’s view

Cristiano Ronaldo is the man to watch following a season that has seen him score an extraordinary 51 goals in 50 games for club and country. Of course, Portugal do not possess the star power of his clubmates at Real Madrid, but if Iceland give him the inkling of a chance, he will surely take it. Ladbrokes’ 11/8 on him to score in a Portuguese victory is as good a price as you will get and seems likely to come to fruition.

Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson is well known to fans of the Premier League, who will know what he is capable of in front of goal. With supporters across Europe watching, the Swansea star will be raring to go and 13/2 from Paddy Power on him scoring at any time seems like great value.

Overall, it’s difficult to see anything other than a Portuguese win and Betfred’s 7/5 on Ronaldo and chums grabbing the victory with a one goal handicap is the most likely way you will make any kind of real return.

  • Sports.net’s top tip: Gylfi Sigurdsson to score at any time - 13/2 from Paddy Power.
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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 June 2016 12:56:13+00:00
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