Will Portugal prove the surprise act of Euro 2016?
Despite witnessing neighbours Spain go through their very own major renaissance period, a time of indisputable dominance at the top of the international scene, as well as a somewhat dramatic fall from grace last time out at the 2014 World Cup – Portugal have nonetheless remained firmly in the shadows of their local rivals for a good while now.
Although Selecção das Quinas (Team of Five) have arguably failed to have much of a significant impact at a major international tournament since Euro 2004 however – a campaign in which Portugal suffered an embarrassing loss to under-dogs Greece in the final despite operating on home soil – Fernando Santos’ men currently look pretty well placed in regards to qualifying for Euro 2016 next summer.
So then, in light of this particular betting tip for Euro 2020 and all the relevant predications currently circulating the upcoming tournament itself, could Portugal ultimately prove the surprise act of the competition?
Portugal’s Euro 2020 Prediction
Well, if the team’s form across Group I is to offer anything to go by this term, Santos’ side really could turn a few heads in the summer. The team have won all but one of their qualifying fixtures recently, totalling an impressive 15 points with a just a few more games left to play. Euro 2016 betting tips could therefore even place Portugal as the shock contenders to win the tournament outright, with perhaps just a little share of Lady Luck on the side.
However, if such a dramatic outcome is to eventually become reality for Portugal at Euro 2016, some major improvements simply need to be carried out across the entire squad. It’s all well and good producing a series of fine displays between major tournaments in the often forgettable qualifying stages – but doing the same when it really matters at a World Cup or European Championships offers an entirely new task all together, just ask England.
Portugal Euro 2020 Squad
The selection of goal-keeper, Rui Patricio, may seem to suit Fernando Santos at the minute, but that doesn’t mean Portugal have a truly reliable shot-stopper between the sticks in the 27-year-old Sporting Lisbon man. He is hardly the biggest name on the European circuit right now, and perhaps that will only serve to damage the Portuguese when judgement day finally arrives. Then again, Rui Patricio could well cement his position as first choice keeper between then and now with some improved form at club level.
When it comes to Fernando Santos’ back-line though, the question marks remain equally valid. Yes, Real Madrid’s Pepe seemingly arrives as a somewhat un-droppable name among Portugal’s defence right now – but seeing as he arguably represents the only really strong defensive option for his nation at Euro 2016 – surely the warning signs are already in place. Vierinha and Eliseu remain relatively untested at international level and both Ricardo Carvalho and Bruno Alvez are clearly too old to still be relied upon with all things considered. The Euro 2016 predictions surrounding Portugal could well suffer in light of the country’s distinct lack of defensive reliability.
Coming forward, however, Portugal admittedly look a great deal stronger across the attacking areas of the pitch. The likes of Danny, Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho offer enough quality in the middle of the park – even if their back-up options aren’t all that promising in the cold light of day – and each of Nani, Eder and of course Cristiano Ronaldo offer enough of a potent threat in front of goal to satisfy their manager.
Ronaldo himself obviously remains a world beater at this stage in his career. Portugal could simply win Euro 2016 outright this summer on the back of the current Real Madrid star’s efforts alone. In light of such a notion, Euro 2016 betting tips could easily place Cristiano Ronaldo as the competition’s top goal-scorer without really breaking sweat – for this is a man clearly operating at the top of his game right now. Despite the somewhat unbalanced nature of his priorities out on the pitch, every other international side must simply fear the 30-year-old one way or another.
Ultimately then, Portugal aren’t completely well equipped to enter Euro 2016 just yet. Santos’ defensive options in no way compare to the level of attacking quality in his team, and the general concerns surrounding Portugal’s overall lack of strength in depth remain just a valid as ever.
However, if the team can truly gel amongst one another between now and next summer – a wise bet could still place the Portuguese as surprise contenders to win the competition, even if such a task remains a truly tough one for Fernando Santos and his determined national outfit. If Cristiano Ronaldo gets injured any time soon though…Portugal can simply forget winning Euro 2016 all together!
Portugal are currently 20/1 to win Euro 2016 with Bet 365.
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