Betting tips & preview: Portugal – Iceland 14/6: Don’t underestimate them!

by Simon Palsson13th June 2016
It is time for Group F to get involved in this Euro 2016 tournament. The last game in the first round of the group stage is between Portugal and Iceland. Are we sure that the favorites can cope with the pressure?

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It is time for the last group of Euro 2016 to get involved in the action. There will be played two games from the group this Tuesday.

The last one is held at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne at Tuesday night, where Portugal is facing Iceland.

The Portuguese team has been named the clear favorites ahead of the game, but Iceland has proved to be a very strong team during the qualification phase.

Kick-off: 8.00pm GMT, Tuesday 14 June
Venue: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne 


Recent form (all competitions): WLWWLW

Portugal and star player Cristiano Ronaldo were one of the outsiders prior to this tournament.

The team consists of a lot of individually brilliant players, with Cristiano Ronaldo as the clear frontman.

However, they are not the strongest team collectively. Nevertheless, when Portugal is reaching their highest level, they can without a doubt compete at the highest international level.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s form on game day is a key factor though.

Remember that Portugal finished the Euro qualification with seven straight wins, beating both Serbia and Denmark twice.


Recent form (all competitions): WLWLLL

The Icelandic coach Lars Lagerbäck, known for coaching Sweden eight years ago, has built a great Icelandic team for this tournament.

Iceland is expected to continue to play their defensive style of football, with a solid and well-organized approach to the game.

That has been a huge success in the qualification phase, where Iceland won against the Netherlands twice for example.

However, they failed to win the group after losing to Turkey in the last game of the qualification.

The key players of Iceland are of course Gylfi Sigurdsson and captain Aron Gunnarsson.

Our prediction

Our feeling prior to this game is that Portugal and the world of football might be underestimating Iceland.

They are actually a brilliant team when it comes to prepare for important games, with a solid and well-organized team and a great mentality.

They are not use to playing these kind of tournaments and are of course expected to be highly motivated to play this premiere.

Portugal is also known as a team who can get into trouble when facing teams who are defending well.

But don’t forget that Iceland actually is strong offensively too. They scored 17 goals in 10 games in the qualification phase. Not bad.

We believe that Iceland will make life difficult for Portugal and we are not surpriset if they grab at least one point. Therefore, we put our money on Iceland +1 (asian handicap) to 19/20 (1,95) at Unibet. It means we get our money back if Portugal wins with a one-goal margin.

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Betting tips:

Betting tips: Iceland +1 (asian handicap)
Odds: Fraction: 19/20 | Decimal: 1,95
Bookie: Unibet (£ free bet)
Kick-off: Tuesday 14 June 8.00pm GMT

Best odds:

Bet Fraction Decimal Bookie
Portugal  3/5  1,60
Draw  3/1  4,00
Iceland  15/2  8,50
Over 2,5 goals  29/20  2,45
Under 2,5 goals  3/5  1,60


1: 61%
X: 25%
2: 13%
Över 2,5 mål: 43%
Under 2,5 mål: 61%