The Euro 2016 group stage is nearly over, with the last round of ties set to be played out today. Groups E and F are in action, with four places in the next round still to be filled. Here are three bets that have caught our interest:
Many people have delighted in seeing the three-time Champions League winner struggle to replicate his club form at Euro 2016.
The 31-year-old is yet to score for Portugal in France and missed a penalty against Austria, but that is all set to change.
He has struck in exactly one game at every major international group stage he has competed in since Euro 2004, totalling six tournaments and seven goals.
Therefore, it shouldn’t be too much of a concern that he hasn’t registered yet as he still has one match left to continue his run, but it is likely to be some time into the encounter before he ends his drought.
Five of those seven strikes were the last ones in the clash, with only one of them coming in the first half.
Additionally, he banged in four of those in the last 15 minutes of a match and you can back Portugal to score over 0.5 goals in the final 15 minutes against Hungary at 8/5.
Speaking of misfiring stars, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to play potentially his last game for Sweden, but has yet to score at Euro 2016.
His side as a whole have struggled, with Ciaran Clark’s own goal the only time they have found the net so far.
Meanwhile, after a rocky start against Italy, the Red Devils have grown into the tournament and kept a clean sheet in their 3-0 demolition of Ireland.
Erik Hamren’s team have clearly not got their scoring boots on and there is nobody of sufficient quality to take the weight off their star attraction, so Ibrahimovic is going to end his international career with disappointment.
At least one team have secured a perfect group-stage record at every edition of the Euros this century.
The Azzurri are the only team left who can achieve this feat this time around and will need to beat Republic of Ireland to do so.
Defeating Belgium and Sweden, two teams that the Boys in Green only picked up a point against, without conceding a goal – Martin O’Neill’s men were breached four times – suggests that Antonio Conte’s men have the quality to advance with a 100 per cent record.