Portugal - Czech Republic Betting Preview: After a shaky start are the Portuguese peaking at just the right time?

With the Portuguese having seen off a much-fancied Oranje side, Phil Kitromilides is backing them to come good and score a few goals this evening against the Czechs
The sight of Cristiano Ronaldo's exuberant goal celebrations are as common in the Spanish top flight as they are narcissistic. The Real Madrid forward is often charged with being arrogant, yet the unshakable belief in his own ability stems from his exceptional skill, power and speed, all of which were on full display as Portugal knocked out Netherlands by beating them 2-1 in their final group game.

Too often Ronaldo has failed to deliver for his country, but against the Dutch he was unstoppable and a similar performance against Czech Republic would surely guarantee Portuguese progression. Panbet price a Portugal victory at 69/100 (1.69) while a win for the Czechs is offered at 49/10 (5.90).

Having qualified from the Group of Death ahead of the much fancied Dutch, Portugal will be confident heading into the match. Yet Warsaw, where the quarter-final is being played, is considerably closer to the Czech Republic than it is to Portugal and the Czechs will once again count on a large number of vociferous supporters.

Though this is not the most important factor to consider, it is still worth bearing in mind, so rather than back Portugal outright in what ought to be a pretty partisan atmosphere, it seems wiser to invest in over 2.5 goals in the game, priced at 61/50 (2.22).

This bet has paid out in six of Portugal's last eight competitive fixtures, with the side having scored five goals in their last two games in the tournament. Given the attacking prowess they posses with the in-form Ronaldo as well as Manchester United winger Nani and Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho, the side are more than capable of scoring goals. The Czech Republic meantime have seen four of their last five games go over 2.5 goals and the price of 61/50 (2.22) seems to offer extremely good value.

For a slightly higher priced value bet, backing Draw/Portugal at 17/5 (4.40) in the half-time/full-time market looks highly tempting. Five out of the Czech Republic's last seven matches have been draws at half-time, yet the Portuguese posses enough quality to eventually break down any Czech resistance, thus making this an appealing option for a small investment.

Over 2.5 goals at 61/50 (2.22) with Panbet

Draw/Portugal at 17/5 (4.40) with Panbet

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid, you can also follow Phil on Twitter