Betting on Portugal vs Iceland Euro 2016 Soccer Lines
The three-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo will be the unrivaled headlining act this Tuesday when Portugal takes on Iceland on Tuesday for an opening Group F Euro 2016 encounter. Will it be business as usual for the highly-favored Portugal team in the Euro 2016 soccer betting odds or will Iceland announce its arrival in the world of major soccer tournaments with an upset? Let’s preview this matchup and find out where the value lies in the game’s online sportsbook lines.
Betting on Portugal vs Iceland Euro 2016 Soccer Lines & TV Inf0
When: Tuesday, June 14, at 21:00 CET/ 20:00 BST
Where: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint Etienne
TV: BBC One
Soccer Odds: Portugal -180, Iceland +575, Draw +285
Why Bet on Portugal
Though Ronaldo will be the main show and the hope is that he will carry on his solid 2015-16 campaign—which included winning the UEFA Champions League barely a month ago—into the Euros; much of his success will depend on his supporting cast. On paper, that shouldn’t be a problem, as he will be getting plenty of proven backing from a talented midfield that has the likes of João Mário, João Moutinho, along with Nani and Ricardo Quaresma in advanced attacking roles. With such stars and a good form in the qualifiers (as well as the recent friendlies), beating Iceland– the smallest nation to have ever qualified for the European Championships—should be business as usual for Ronaldo and Co.
Why Bet on Iceland
Ronaldo’s Portugal are heavy soccer betting favorites in this match, and the expectation is that they will use their star power and experience to demolish the Icelanders. But with nothing to lose after overachieving in the qualifiers to make the cut for Euro 2016, you’d be a fool to think that Iceland will be giving the Portuguese an easy time. For starters, Iceland has a good-enough defense that can disrupt Portugal’s flow, especially deep in the midfield; something that could disorient the opponents from moving the ball freely. Additionally, the Icelanders also have some experienced players to orchestrate things upfront, including Swansea City attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, who will be operating with a dangerously opportunistic group that includes Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, Alfred Finnbogason, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and possibly Iceland’s All-time leading goal-scorer and former Chelsea star Eidur Gudjohnsen, who could get some game-time on Tuesday.
Expert Euro 2016 Picks and Predictions
Just about the only advantage for Ireland in this game is that it has the second oldest team (averaging 28 years and 8 months as of the conclusion of the qualifiers) among the 24 teams in the Euros, giving them experienced veterans who can calm the team. Even so, Portugal is superior in talent and the Portuguese have won all their two all-time meetings against Iceland by an aggregate score of 8-4. Both games came in Euro 2012 qualifiers with Ronaldo leading the way in a 3-1 victory in Reykjavik and Nani scoring twice in a 5-3 triumph in the Porto return. If history holds true, I expect another win by Portugal with goals coming aplenty in a likely high-scoring due, with Ronaldo and Nani being among the players to watch in the scoresheet.