Portugal vs Iceland by Rahul

Portugal
VS
Iceland
Portugal come into this group as a favourite to win this along with Austria, Hungary and Iceland. They have lost a few narrow games to Bulgaria and England in their friendlies, but did well to top their group with just 1 loss against the Albanians early on in the qualifying. Portugal have since done decently well winning 7 out of their last 10 games. A lot of their scoring relies on their talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo missed a few international games due to Champions League commitments, but if you exclude that game, he has netted 6 goals in his last 3 games. He netted 2 in their last game thanks to quality assists from Ricardo Quaresma, who has also found out his good form with 2 goals and 2 assists. He will also rely on the likes of Nani, Joao Moutinho, Renato Sanches to provide additional service to him in order to score a goal; and all of them can also find the back of the net themselves.

 

Iceland have struggled very badly defensively in their last few games, conceding goals in 8 out of their last 11 games (Liechtenstein, Turkey and Finland were the only games they conceded less). They have their defenders majorly based in Scandinavia, which does not produce the highest quality of football around. Their goalkeeper is playing in Hammarby in Sweden and are struggling the relegation zone, to showcase the tough time they are having. The Iceland team had qualified to this tournament by beating teams like Holland, Czech Republic and Turkey; but have struggled to find their form defensively since October last year.

 

The shaky defence that Iceland have and the confidence building win that Portugal had in their last encounter, is making me back Portugal to Score over 1.5 team goals.

 

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Pick Bookmaker Odds Stake Result
Portugal Over 1.5 goals Unibet 1.88 7 1-1 LOST (-7 units)
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