Cristiano Ronaldo spat the dummy following Portugal’s 1-1 UEFA Euro 2016 Group F draw versus Iceland but one expects the footballer who is as selfish as he is skilled to have a smile on his face after Saturday’s game against Austria.
Ronaldo said that Iceland had a small mentality because its players celebrated their team’s shock 1-1 draw in the first batch of UEFA Euro 2016 Group F matches. Ronaldo is one’s idea of a nice person but one understands why he said what he did because Iceland contributed very little to its UEFA Euro 2016 Group F game versus Portugal apart from Birkir Bjarnason’s 50th-minute goal. Portugal ought to have won handsomely and now it finds itself requiring a positive result from its UEFA Euro 2016 Group match against an Austria side that disappointed in losing 0-2 to Hungary.
Every major tournament has a dark horse onto which hipsters latch and UEFA Euro 2016’s team was Austria by virtue of it qualifying with an unbeaten 9-1-0 record. Austria’s UEFA Euro 2016 preliminary campaign began with a 1-1 home draw versus Sweden before the Austrians rattled off nine wins a row against Liechtenstein, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia and the Swedes. Liechtenstein, Moldova, Montenegro are European minnows, while Russia and Sweden have not franked Austria’s form in the early stages of UEFA Euro 2016. Furthermore, Austria’s pre-UEFA Euro 2016 friendly results – narrow victories over Albania and Malta, plus losses to the Netherlands and Turkey – do not read all well also.
According to the World Football Elo Ratings, Portugal is the sixth highest ranked of the UEFA Euro 2016 sides. Austria, on the other hand, is listed 20th of those 24 teams because statisticians who crunch numbers do not get believe hype.
Marathonbet is offering odds of 23/251.92-1090.92-1.090.92 about Portugal beating Austria and that strikes one as fair value. Portugal boasts the world’s second best footballer and Austria is overrated in betting markets because its form has no real substance.
The UEFA Euro 2016 Group F game between Hungary and Iceland has the makings of a low-scoring encounter so Marathonbet is taking a risk with its odds of 13/201.65-1540.65-1.540.65 about the Hungarians and the Icelanders combining for under two and a half goals.
Eight of Hungary’s 12 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches went under two and a half goals and, having picked up three Group F points from its game versus Austria, the Hungarians must think that a point from their date with Iceland will be sufficient to seal their place in the knockout phase.
Iceland kept half a dozen clean sheets in its 10 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches and, if Hungary elects to adopt a conservative approach given its position in Group F, the Icelanders may struggle to break down their opponents.
Most bookmakers are trying to duck bets on under two and a half goals in the UEFA Euro 2016 Group game between Hungary and Iceland – Marathonbet may regret being contrarian.
One has no interest whatsoever in backing UEFA Euro 2016’s most overrated side, Belgium, at odds-on prices to get the better of an Ireland team that will fight tooth and nail to remain in the hunt for a place in the last 16. One expects Ireland to make life difficult for Belgium, particularly in the opening 45 minutes, and Marathonbet‘s odds of 28/252.12+1121.121.12-0.89 about the UEFA Euro 2016 Group E match being level at half time stands out. Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is a savvy bloke and one thinks that he will set up the Irish to be tough to penetrate because the longer that the UEFA Euro 2016 Group E game remains tied, the more that the pressure will mount on Belgium. One suspects that Belgium is mentally brittle.
Portugal to beat Austria
Saturday 18th June, 20:00 GMT
Iceland v Hungary – Under 2.5 Goals
Saturday 18th June, 17:00 GMT
Belgium v Republic of Ireland – Draw at Half Time
Saturday 18th June, 14:00 GMT
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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