Portugal v Austria betting tips and predictions for the crucial group F fixture in Euro 2016 this weekend with the best three bets for the match in our betting preview.
Both sides didn't have the start that most had predicted for them. Portugal could only draw 1-1 with Iceland, who defended resolutely and in the end deserved their hard fought point as Portugal lacked an incisive edge to their attacking play.
Austria fared even worse, losing 2-0 to Hungary and also losing Dragovic to suspension in this game due to his sending off against Hungary. They were lacklustre and didn't look like scoring, too much reliance was placed on David Alaba and Marko Arnautovic and Austria just didn't turn up, leaving their qualification to the final 16 looking on a knife-edge.
All first round games were quite cagey affairs, as it does make a difference to avoid defeat in the first game, but in the second round I expect a change in attitudes and I think both sides will consider this a must win now, which should be great for us neutrals.
My first Portugal vs Austria prediction is going to be Portugal to win. Whereas Austria looked incoherent against what is a poor team in Hungary, Portugal did dominate against a very capable Iceland team. A few tweaks to the attack of Portugal and getting them to play as a team rather than individuals, you can see how much they'd improve. For that reason, I think it'll be hard for Austria to keep a clean sheet, and going forward Austria have been weak. Portugal are 5/6 with Paddy Power or if you open a new Betfair account you’ll get a massive 7/1 for the same bet using their enhanced odds betting offer.
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My second Portugal vs Austria betting tip this match is going to be Over 2.5 match goals. There has only been one game with more than three goals at Euro 2016 so far, and although it could be close initially, I do see goals in this match, whether all three required come from Portugal is whether the likes of Ronaldo, Joao Mario and Nani turn up. They can easily get two, and Austria are always dangerous from set pieces where Portugal are quite weak. Betfred are offering 11/10 for Over 2.5 Match goals.
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My final Portugal vs Austria prediction has to be Cristiano Ronaldo to score first. He had his chances against Iceland, in particular a header from six yards he usually buries. He's trying a little too hard to impress, but if he relaxes, his time will come and if anyone's going to score for Portugal you'd bet your mortgage it'd be him before anyone else. Paddy Power are offering 16/5 for Ronaldo to score first.
Portugal to win – get the exclusive 7/1 at Betfair.
Over 2.5 Match Goals – 11/10 with Betfred.
Cristiano Ronaldo to score first – 16/5 with Paddy Power.
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