Portugal vs Iceland betting tips and predictions for the Group F Euro 2016 match on Tuesday 14th June including a first goalscorer tip.
The final game in the first round of the group stage is an intriguing encounter between Portugal and Iceland at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. Rather fortunately for those at work, the match is an evening kick-off and can be found on BBC One at 8pm. As always, though, here are our match predictions and betting tips.
The Portuguese booked their place at the finals this Summer by virtue of winning a particularly unremarkable Group I. Although Portugal did finish a whole seven points above second-placed Albania, all seven of their victories along the way came by a single goal margin and they only managed a mere 11 goals in the whole of their qualifying campaign.
However, performances in the recent friendlies leading up to Euro 2016 have seen Portugal play with a lot more freedom, and they have won three of their last four games registering 12 goals in the process. The ugly duckling of that particular quartet was of course the 1-0 defeat to England a few weeks ago and that was largely due to Bruno Alves' calamitous first-half red card.
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Much has been made about opponents Iceland and their terrific run to the finals following their second-placed finish in Group A. The Nordic nation produced a number of fantastic displays during qualifying, perhaps none more so than comfortably beating the Netherlands both home and away without even conceding a goal.
Unfortunately, this fine form has not been carried into their recent pre-tournament friendlies, though, and Iceland have lost four of their last six matches conceding an alarming 12 goals along the way. Nevertheless, they did at least finish with a morale-boosting 4-0 win over Liechtenstein, with veteran striker Eidur Gudjohnson – a surprise addition to the Euro 2016 squad – netting the final of the four goals.
Heading into Tuesday night's clash and Portugal are heavy favourites for the victory at 8/13 with most bookies. Iceland are remarkably well-priced at 13/2 considering their excellent qualifying campaign, with the draw available at 29/10.
Had Cristiano Ronaldo not been fit for this one, I would have fancied Iceland to maybe cause a bit of an upset. However, the Real Madrid man recently returned from his slight groin scare to score two first half goals in the recent 7-0 thrashing of Estonia, and unless Portugal's talisman crocks himself in the first few minutes, I expect them to win this match fairly comfortably as well. Therefore, my first Portugal vs Iceland betting tip is Portugal to win at 4/7 with Paddy Power or get an unmissable 5/1 for Portugal to win when you open a new Betfair account.
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Moving over to the goalscoring market for my second Portigal vs Iceland prediction and I'm going to suggest backing Cristiano Ronaldo to score first under Betfred's DD/HH promotion at 9/4. Although these aren't exactly the greatest odds in the world, when a guy scores over 50 goals in the season, you generally want to be putting your money on him. Especially when the odds increase with multiple goals!
Finally, for another tip in the goalscoring market, and providing he starts, Ricardo Quaresma might be worth a look as an anytime scorer. The Besiktas forward has scored three goals in his last three games for Portugal and was absolutely outstanding in the recent victory over Estonia. My last Portugal v Iceland prediction is Quaresma to score in 90 minutes at 11/4 with Paddy Power should he make the starting 11.
Portugal to win – get the exclusive 5/1 at Betfair.
Ronaldo to score first – 9/4 with Betfred.
Queresma to score anytime – 11/4 with Paddy Power.
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