Portugal will travel to the Parc Olympique Lyonnais needing to beat Hungary in order to secure their place in the Euro 2016 knockout stages on Wednesday.
Having been held to consecutive draws in their first two Group F matches, Fernando Santos’ men are 4/11 (1.36) favourites with NetBet to progress to the last 16 with a first victory of the competition. Meanwhile, Nemzeti Tizenegy are already effectively assured of a place in the next round after taking four points from their opening two games, but are 21/2 (11.50) outsiders to seal top spot by coming out on top here.
None of the last five meetings between the sides have resulted in a draw, but you can get odds of 7/2 (4.50) on them cancelling each other out on this occasion.
While most observers pinpointed Group F as one of the tightest-looking draws, few expected Bernd Storck’s men to be the team going into the final game with a place in the knockout stages all but secure. However, after upsetting a widely-tipped Austrian side with a fine counter-attacking performance in the opener and grabbing a late equaliser to draw with Iceland last time out, the underdogs have seemingly come from nowhere to take control of the group.
In contrast, despite dominating both possession and the goalmouth action in both their matches so far, A Seleccao have been held at bay by determined opposition performances and a penalty miss from star man Cristiano Ronaldo.
Nevertheless, with their opponents bound to ease off slightly after already virtually securing progression, Ronaldo and Co. must feel confident of finally achieving the decisive win to which they have come so close in both games so far.
While this is unlikely to prove easy against a Hungarian defence that has conceded just five times in the last seven games, odds of 27/20 (2.35) look good on the superior Portuguese quality proving decisive in a game featuring under 2.5 goals.
|Portugal to win & under 2.5 goals at 27/20 (2.35) for a 1.5pt stake with NetBet|