Portugal might have drawn a blank against Bosnia and Herzegovina in the first leg of their Euro 2012 play-off on Friday but they are unlikely to be similarly afflicted on home territory this evening.
Paulo Bento’s men are far more effective at home – and far more prolific – than they are away, so Portugal should be backed to overcome their obdurate rivals and earn passage to the summer tournament in Poland and Ukraine.
Portugal are priced at 2/5 to win the game in 90 minutes in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with the draw at 16/5 and success for Bosnia and Herzegovina at 15/2.
Meanwhile, Portugal are short 3/10 favourites to make it to Euro 2012, with their opponents this evening 11/5 outsiders.
This is reflective of the fact that Portugal have won six of their last seven games at home, including a 4-0 success over reigning world and European champions Spain.
In contrast, their draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday means they have now won just two of their last six away games.
Furthermore, they have scored 18 goals in their last six home matches and only ten in their six most recent games on their travels.
As such, a 0-0 draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina four days ago should not be seen as indication that Portugal do not have sufficient firepower to beat the same opponents this evening.
Indeed, given they have kept clean sheets in five of their last seven games, a comfortable win to nil looks on the cards at odds of 21/20.
For more attractive odds, punters could consider betting on a 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 multiple correct scoreline in favour of Portugal at odds of 27/20.
This option would see a successful £25 free bet return £58.75, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
As for who will score the goals for Portugal, the obvious bet is to go with in-form Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, although at odds of 13/20 to score at any time he does not represent the best option.
Instead, consider a bet on Hugo Almeida to score last.
In his last three appearances for Portugal, all of which were made as a second-half substitute, Almeida has scored three goals.
Odds of 9/2 for him to grab the final goal of the game could therefore be worth a second look.
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