Czech Republic v Portugal preview
Portugal face the Czech Republic in the tournament's first quarter-final. Portugal have gained momentum and they should have little trouble with a Czech side that has exceeded expectations by reaching the knock-out stages.
Portugal are 8/11 to win in ninety minutes, the draw is 23/10 and a Czech win is as big as 9/2. Portugal have a great team ethic and the side is full of winners. You will never get less than one hundred percent effort from the likes of Pepe, Meireles and Ronaldo!
The Czech Republic are 9/4 to win draw no bet and you can back them to win or draw at 17/16! The Portuguese captain is Ronaldo and he scored both goals against a poor Dutch side in the 2-1 win.
He is only 4/5 to score anytime but he is 7/2 to score two or more. Portugal can run the midfield with his help and the Czechs will be light in the middle of the park as they are likely to be without their captain Tomas Rosicky.
Portugal's rock in defence is Pepe and he will be restored to the starting eleven, now he is fit. He takes no prisoners and he has so far shown restraint during this tournament. Over three Portuguese cards is 15/4 and if it is not going Portugal's way, it could be a feisty affair.
Portugal are also 13/8 to have the most booking points, the atmosphere will be tense and in these one-off matches, tempers can flare. The 'Animal' also known as Pepe is known for his indiscretions on the pitch. He was once given a ten match ban for losing his cool with a Getafe player. A red card in the match is 11/4!
The Czech Republic will be relying on Milan Baros for goals but he is not the player of old. He was booed during the 2-1 win over Greece in Wroclaw. He has scored forty-one goals for his national team and he doesn't deserve it. He is 9/1 to open the scoring and 10/3 anytime scorer.
It won't be a cagey affair both teams know that only the winner counts. It could be end-to-end and you can back both teams to score at 10/11.
The Czechs will play counter attacking football and over 2.5 goals looks attractive at even money. The 8/11 for under 2.5 goals looks far too short, the Czechs shipped in four goals against Russia in their opening match. If you fancy the match to go to penalties, it can be backed at 13/2.
The Match Winner is for Ronaldo to score anytime and Portugal to win in ninety minutes at the massive price of 2/1! We have enhanced the price from 13/10! Ronaldo has had plenty of chances this tournament and he has now started taking them.