Portugal v France Odds: Back Les Bleus to complete hat-trick of major tournament triumphs on home soil
- 08 Jul 2016
Portugal v France
After a month of frenzied action, memorable moments, shock upsets, and stunning strikes the 24 representing countries have been slashed down to just two - Portugal and France - who clash at the Stade de France on Sunday night in the eagerly anticipated Euro 2016 Final.
- France have won nine and lost none of their last 10 games.
- Les Bleus have won the last 10 clashes between the teams.
- Portugal are unbeaten in 13 competitive matches under Santos.
- Antoine Griezmann has scored 6 goals at Euro 2016, double any other player.
|Sunday 10th July - 8.00pm||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
Portugal v France
| Half-time/Full-time = Draw/France
|@ 4 / 1|
|Antoine Griezmann to score||@ 7 / 4|
|Time of last goal = +69 minute||@ 1 / 1|
France favourites on home soil
France simply love a major tournament on home soil. In 1984 Les Bleus hoisted their first trophy - European Championships - in front of their own fans, which was followed by World Cup success 14 years later. Now, 18 years on, Didier Deschamps’ troops can claim their third major trophy on their own patch, and fourth in total (5/11 UniBet), having won Euro 2000 over in Belgium and the Netherlands.
After a relatively slow start to Euro 2016 France have come into their own in the last two games, thrashing Iceland 5-2, then beating World Champions Germany 2-0 in the semi-finals. That victory was the country’s ninth in their last 10 games - none of which they’ve lost - and it’s no surprise to see the hosts installed as the 21/20 favourites with Unibet to win (in 90 minutes) Sunday’s Final.
Portugal gunning for first major success
Rewind back to 12 years ago when Portugal headed into their own hosted tournament Final, Euro 2004, only to infamously fall victim to one of the greatest international upsets of all time, with underdogs Greece recording a shock 1-0 victory.
Now, fast-forward to a dozen years later and Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani have propelled Portugal into the 2016 showpiece spectacle after ending Wales’ inspirational run. Remarkably it was Portugal’s first Euros 2016 triumph in normal time, coming at the sixth attempt, however the fact that they’ve struggled to carve out teams in 90minutes will not bother Fernando Santos’ men, who now have the chance to win their first major tournament (37/19 Betway).
Portugal are yet to lose a competitive fixture since Santos took charge, winning 10 (including extra time and penalties) and drawing three of those 13 matches - which is quite some feat. Under Santos Portugal are well-drilled, organised, and obviously very difficult to beat, with their last competitive defeat coming early two years ago. The Portuguese have been handed odds of 15/4 (Bet365) to triumph in 90 minutes, and 15/8 to win by any means, whereas a draw can be found at 11/5.
Antoine Griezmann can pulsate in Paris
Man of the moment Antoine Griezmann excelled once again in the semi-finals, bagging a brace in the 2-0 defeat of Germany. The Atletico Madrid striker has now scored six goals en route to the Final - three more than any other player - and bar a glut of goals by Ronaldo/Nani/Payet/Giroud (all on thre) he will bag the Golden Boot.
The Frenchman, who is the odds-on favourite (8/15 Paddy Power) to be crowned the Player of the Tournament, can be backed at 9/2 to open the scoring, 7/4 (Bet365) to net anytime, and 11/4 to score in a France win for the fifth time this tournament.
Cristiano Ronaldo has one eye on the record books
Cristiano Ronaldo may not have been at his brilliant best in France, but the Real Madrid superstar has still contributed three goals - including a superb header against Wales - and now has a chance to not only win Euro 2016, but become the top European Championship goalscorer of all time.
The skipper’s goal against the Welsh equalled Michel Platini’s record of nine tournament goals, meaning he only needs one more to take the outright lead. The 31-year-old has been handed odds if 11/2 to open the score on Sunday, and 23/10 to find the back of the net. Meanwhile, Nani is priced at a tempting 5/1 to score for the fourth time this tournament.
After a pretty average opening four games, France have significantly upped the ante in the last two fixtures, meaning they head into the Final bubbling with confidence. History tells us the French excel against Portugal, winning the last 10 clashes between the countries, two of which have come at the European Championships (1984 & 2000) - both tournaments they went on to win…good omen.
Undoubtedly a competitive clash is on the cards, meaning there is every chance of extra time (11/5), however we fancy the French to edge it on home soil. A draw at half-time, then a France win at 90 minutes catches the eye at 4/1 (Bet Victor), with the hosts priced at 5/2 (Sky Bet) to taste victory by a one goal margin.