Portugal v Austria – Parc des Princes at 20:00 live on BBC One
On Saturday, Portugal take on Austria in the biggest match of Group F, as the 2 pre-tournament favourites to qualify from the group go head to head in a clash at the Parc des Princes.
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Neither side managed to get their tournament off to a winning start and as a result, both sets of players will feel under pressure to secure their 1st 3 points of the tournament.
On Thursday night, Portugal took on Iceland and despite taking the lead through Nani, Bjarnason equalised for Iceland early on in the 2nd half. 1-1 was the final score and although Portugal dominated in terms of possession, they couldn’t find a way to break down the strong Icelandic defence.
Ronaldo of all people also didn’t have the greatest of performances and missed a clear opportunity to land Portugal the winner, after failing to guide a free header into the back of the net.
Portugal are the clear favourites to get the win on Saturday, although I think it is a tough one to call!
The biggest surprise of Thursday however and perhaps the tournament so far, was Austria’s 2-0 defeat to Hungary.
Before their game against Hungary, Marcel Koller’s side were undefeated in 11 competitive fixtures and after an impressive qualifying campaign, finished top of Group G, 8 points ahead of Russia in 2nd. In addition, Austria were only 1 of 4 countries to qualify for the Euros with an unbeaten record and as a result came into the tournament as well fancied dark horses.
Austria started the match against Hungary well and David Alaba hit the post within seconds, but they eventually came unstuck and their day went from bad to worse when Aleksandar Dragovic was sent off for a second bookable offence.
It is unlike Austria not to find the back of the net and their failure to score against Hungary was only the 2nd time they haven’t scored in their last 25 matches.
Marc Janko will provide a threat up top and scored 7 goals during qualification, as well as having a very good season at FC Basel.
The last competitive match between these 2 sides was in the 1995 qualification for Euro ’96, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
In regards to the outcome of this game, both sides will be looking to get the win as neither side got all 3 points in their 1st group game. In light of this, gaps in the defence are likely to appear as both teams push forward and therefore I recommend backing over 2.25 goals at 2.14.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 2.25 goals @ 2.14 with 188BET
Prices correct at time of writing.