International betting preview: Back a high-scoring game when Portugal take on Poland

Franciszek Smuda's side will be keen to show their talents ahead of Euro 2012 but against a strong Portugal squad, Adam Bate is backing at least four goals in the game
It’s a big year for Polish football as the country co-host Euro 2012 in the summer. Their preparations for the tournament continue as they entertain Portugal in Warsaw on Wednesday evening.

Having not had to qualify for the competition, these games are crucial for Poland if they are to hit the ground running in June. Even with the home crowd behind them, the hosts are 11/4 (3.75) outsiders with Sportingbet to win the game.

That’s understandable given the quality in this Portugal squad. Despite that, once again it was a stuttering qualifying campaign from the Portuguese – Denmark topped their group and Norway were only just edged into third-place.

It required an impressive second leg thrashing of Bosnia in a play-off for Portugal to even make the tournament.

Yet, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani in the ranks, Portugal can always be a threat at a major tournament. They are 10/11 (1.91) favourites with Sportingbet to beat Poland on Wednesday. The draw is available at 11/5 (3.2).

It can be tricky to predict the results in friendly internationals but Poland’s approach should guarantee this match is played at a good tempo. The hosts will fancy their chances to get on the scoresheet and the price for both teams to score of 17/20 (1.85) with Sportingbet looks a good one.

Portugal’s games usually guaranteed goals during qualifying. Five of their eight group games featured four goals or more and there is every chance that could be repeated here. You can back over 3.5 goals at 100/33 (4.33) with Sportingbet which looks to offer some very good value.

That’s the bet of the day. For the value bet, it’s a long shot pick. Poland’s enthusiasm could see them reach the interval in the lead but expect Portugal’s superior class and squad depth to tell as the match goes on. Poland to lead at half-time before being overhauled is available in the HT/FT market at 33/1 (34.0) with Sportingbet.

Bet of the Day

Over 3.5 goals at 100/33 (4.33) with Sportingbet
Poland/Portugal (HT/FT) at 33/1 (34.0) with Sportingbet

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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on Twitter