Betting tips & preview: England – Portugal 2/6: The last friendly prior to Euro 2016

by Simon Palsson2nd June 2016
The Three Lions are facing Portugal at Wembley Stadium in London this Thursday night. This is England’s third and last friendly match prior to this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament in France. We expect an interesting game with the best England line-up possible.

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England will play their third and last friendly match ahead of this summer’s Euro 2016, against Portugal at Wembley Stadium this Thursday.

For once, Roy Hodgson has his full squad available and the coach is expected to start with the best team possible.

Roy Hodgson has also named his official 23-man squad for the tournament, leaving Danny Drinkwater out of the squad. Marcus Rashford on the other hand is making his international tournament debut this summer, since he got a spot in the squad.

Kick-off: 7.45pm GMT, Thursday 2 June
Venue: Wembley Stadium (London)
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)

England

Recent form (all competitions): WWLWWL
Unavailable players: Ryan Bertrand
Doubtful players: Daniel Sturridge

England are playing their third and last friendly game in two weeks when facing Portugal at Wembley Stadium this Thursday night.

This will also be the first friendly when almost all players are available. Earlier, players from Liverpool and Manchester United were not able to play since they had another game with their clubs.

Therefore, we expect Roy Hodgson to test what could be his starting line-up in the Euro 2016 tournament this summer. Wayne Rooney for example will start and captain this game.

England have played both Turkey and Australia so far. The Three Lions have won both games with 2-1, with great performances from their different top strikers. Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and youngster Marcus Rashford have all scored so far.

England have won four of their last five games and are in great form. That is something to keep in mind prior to this game.

Portugal

Recent form (all competitions): WWLWLW
Doubtful players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe

This will be Portugal’s second and last friendly prior to the Euro 2016 tournament.

It will also be the first friendly match with two of the key players, centre-back Pepe and top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo.

Whether or not they are going to rest in this game, due to Saturday’s tough Champions League final, is unclear, but there is a big risk they do.

Portugal won last week’s friendly against Norway with 3-0. Ricardo Quaresma, Raphael Guerreiro and Eder were the ones scoring the goals.

Our prediction

Even though Portugal might not play with their key player and top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, their squad still consists of a great amount of offensively strong players.

England have proved to be very strong in their attacking and when they now has their full squad available, they should be even stronger offensively.

The bookies are not convinced this will be a game with a lot of goals. Therefore, the odds have rised very high prior to the game.

We put our money on over 2 goals (asian handicap) to 83/100 (1,83) at bet365. That means we get our money back if there is exactly two goals. There has been at least three goals in four straight games for The Three Lions.

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Betting tips:

Betting tips: Over 2 goals (asian handicap)
Odds: Fraction: 83/100 | Decimal: 1,83
Bookie: Bet365 (£200 bonus)
Kick-off: Thursday 2 June 7.45pm GMT

Best odds:

Bet Fraction Decimal Bookie
England 13/10 2,30
Draw 23/10 3,30
Portugal 16/5 4,20
Over 2,5 goals 7/5 2,40
Under 2,5 goals 3/5 1,60
1: 43%
X: 30%
2: 24%
Over 2,5 goals: 42%
Under 2,5 goals: 63%