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Preview – Portugal v France

Preview – Portugal v France


Portugal meet hosts France in Sunday’s final of Euro 2016, in what looks set to be a riveting if cagey contest in Saint-Denis.

The Portuguese have had a strange but highly effective tournament, with Wednesday’s 2-0 semi-final win over Wales the first time in their six games that they have won inside 90 minutes.

However, unlike previous vintages who were known for their silky football, the current crop of A Selecao stars have succeeded largely through their functionality.

Perhaps most importantly for them, captain and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, who is 9/4 to score at anytime, seems to have found his form at the perfect time and having been part of the team that lost the final on home soil at Euro 2004, will feel there is an element of destiny about Sunday’s clash.

Having reached the quarter-finals or better in all six of their trips to the Euros, Portugal will be desperate to finally claim their first major trophy and their ability to upset means they look tempting at 33/10.

Their opponents France will have plenty to say about that though and Les Bleus will walk out in Saint-Denis hoping to emulate the teams of 1984 and 1998 by winning silverware on home soil.

Didier Deschamps was the captain when they won the World Cup at the Stade de France 18 years ago and has earned plenty of plaudits for his cool demeanour and knack for making the big calls at the right time.

Les Bleus were excellent in frustrating Germany in their own 2-0 last-four win and the hero that night, Antoine Griezmann is 33/10 to score at anytime after netting both goals in Marseille and will be eying the final as the chance to elevate himself into the upper echelons of the game.

France have won on the last 10 occasions these sides have met, including two victories in the build-up to the tournament and are unsurprisingly the favourites at 21/20.

It is sure, however, to be extremely tight and a single goal either way could seal it. Finals are often cagey affairs and under 1.5 goals at 29/20 looks like it could well be worth consideration.


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