Portugal may have been attributed the longest outright odds of the seven betting frontrunners for Euro 2016 glory, but the Seleccao’s total cap count is closest to the average number set by the previous five winners.
Dating back to Euro 1996, the mean tally of accumulated pre-tournament caps in the triumphant 23-man squad stands at 781.
Fernando Santos has selected a party with 815 international appearances between them, the nearest of the septet of nations rated as the most likely to reign supreme in France.
The Portuguese limbo just below the 20/1-threshold, with their price of 18/1 to conquer the continent this summer bordering on long-shot territory, but it appears the former Greece boss understands the experience blend required to win the tournament.
Of those setting the punting pace, England (9/1 to win Euro 2016) have picked the group of players with an accumulated cap total furthest away from the winning average. The Three Lions’ 534 falls 247 short.
Furthermore, their combined total is below that of every outfit to have claimed European Championship success since Euro ’96.
Wayne Rooney (111), James Milner (60) and Joe Hart (59) are the only players selected by Roy Hodgson to have represented their country on more than a half century of occasions.
Contrast this to Spain (5/1), who have the most experienced squad of all the favourites with 962 combined caps. They have four players to have surpassed a ton of international outings in their ranks, while they boast a further four with at least 50.
Portugal are trailed by Italy (14/1), whose 728 accumulated total can inject some optimism into a team whose preparations have been hampered by injuries to key midfielders Marco Verratti and Claudio Marchisio.
The Azzurri edge out Group E colleagues Belgium (9/1), whose cap pool stands at 723.
While Marc Wilmots has no centurions to call upon, seven of his charges have represented De Rode Duivels on at least 50 instances.
Encouragingly for the Belgians, this total matches the average for players with at least a half-ton of international appearances selected by the previous five victorious nations.