Euro 2016 Betting

Portugal v Iceland : Betting Tips & Match Preview

Portugal v Iceland
  • Kick Off 20.00 GMT on June 14th broadcast live on BBC
Portugal v Iceland Betting Tips
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Betting Tips

  • Outright Result : Portugal Win @ 4/6
  • Correct Score : Portugal 1 - 0 Iceland @ 4/1
  • HT / FT : Portugal / Portugal @ 6/4
  • First Goalscorer : Cristiano Ronaldo

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Medium stake on Portugal to Win, Portugal are the better team but tend to take their foot off the gas when they go in front.

Now to the 2nd game to be played from Group F which will give football fans a first glimpse of Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo, and also the chance to see if Iceland can continue the impressive form that saw them qualify for the tournament.

The Portuguese have a decent record in the European Championship Finals, reaching at least the Quarter-Finals every time they have qualified (6 times) which is quite impressive. They were also runners up to Otto Rehhagels famous Greece side in 2004. Portugal also qualified from Group I in first place with an unbeaten away record winning 7 from 8 games, but to be honest, Albania finished 2nd and Denmark and Serbia were awful. The Portuguese did struggle slightly for goals only managing 11 in 8 games despite having one of the world's best strikers in their arsenal.

Can we mention Portugal without mentioning Cristiano Ronaldo? I don't think so. This guy is going to be the deciding factor in whether they can go far or be knocked out in the group stage; I think he makes that much of a difference. He is only just slightly less vital to this team than Bale is for Wales. With 260 goals in 236 games for Real Madrid and 56 in 125 caps for Portugal, this guy is a giant of a player. Portugal do have class in other areas such as Joao Moutinho and youngster Renato Sanches in midfield and Rui Patricio in goal but everything big will come through Ronaldo.

Iceland qualified from the group that the Netherlands threw away alongside Czech Republic with an unbeaten record at home. They were very impressive during qualifying and picked up a few big results along the way, however, can they continue to shock people? My initial answer would be probably not.

Iceland also have a main man that most of their positive play goes through in the shape of Swansea midfield maestro Gylfi Sigurdsson, who takes all set pieces (including penalties) and he was their top goal scorer in qualifying, so he is definitely the man to look out for. Aron Gunnarsson and Eidur Gudjohnsen are other names Premier League fans may notice too but Sigurdsson is definitely the lynchpin of this Icelandic team.

They also boast 2 managers; if you could believe such a thing, in Swede Lars Lagerback and Heimir Halgrimsson who is a native Icelander who was Lagerback's assistant but was promoted to joint manager in 2014 - we'll see if there are any arguments on the touchline over whom to bring on.

Outright Result: Portugal Win

Portugal should win. They always seem to play terribly with a great team and somehow progress to the latter stages and I can see that happening again. It will be even more frightening if they finally do manage to click, but their 1-0 loss to England in their recent friendly shows how important Ronaldo is.

Cheeky Outside Punt : Under 1.5 Goals

With Portugal only mustering 11 goals in 8 games against poor opposition during qualifying and Iceland not having a great strike force or the quality that Portugal do, this could be a low scoring affair and I think under 1.5 goals is a great shout.

Correct Score Prediction : Portugal 1 - 0 Iceland

Portugal should destroy Iceland, but I'm not entirely sure that they will because they haven't destroyed anybody for about 10 years, that's why I don't think they'll buck this trend and 1-0 is a decent bet.

HT / FT - Portugal / Portugal

Portugal have a habit of trailing off after a decent start so I think the one goal they will score will come early on, probably courtesy of their star man Ronaldo. Then be prepared for a long game as Portugal inevitably take their foot off the gas.

First Goalscorer : Cristiano Ronaldo

Yes I'm aware this isn't exactly inside knowledge that will make you the envy of bettors everywhere but there is only Gylfi Sigurdsson who could stop this man getting the first goal. Unless Ronaldo dribbles into the box and then puts it on a plate unselfishly for someone else and then hell freezes over, it has to be him for the first goal.

Fun Inside Tip : Gylfi Sigurdsson to Score a Free Kick

This is merely a cheeky bet that you could stick a couple of quid on. Sigurdsson is a free kick specialist and has scored numerous for Swansea and Iceland in the past few years. This option is also the only other possibility I see other than Cristiano Ronaldo getting the first goal. If Bruno Alves tried to teach Iceland Kung Fu like he did in the England game and an opportunity presents itself, Sigurdsson could well take advantage which would probably liven the game up.