International whipping boys Macedonia could take a pasting in Leiria on Saturday if Paulo Bento’s men continue their excellent goalscoring form of late.
However, with Portugal priced at 11/100 for a victory, I will endeavour to find value elsewhere.
Portugal racked up an impressive 21 goals in their Group H European Championship qualifying campaign and added a further six against Bosnia-Herzegovina in reaching this summer’s competition through the play-offs.
They have certainly been finding the back of the net with consummate ease of late and the Selecção should therefore have little trouble in winning by at least two goals on Saturday at odds of 37/100.
In five of their ten Group H matches, Portugal scored three or more goals and there is every possibility another glut of goals will arrive when Ronaldo and co take to the field on Saturday evening.
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In trying to qualify for the Euros from what looked a particularly weak group, Macedonia struggled to just two victories from their ten fixtures and even suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat at the hands of minnows Armenia.
Only Andorra (who lost all ten qualifying matches) finished below Macedonia in Group B so you can see why the side that are now managed by John Toshack are priced at massive odds of 19/1 to cause a huge shock at the weekend.
For any punters who are considering opting for the draw, then this outcome is available at odds of 27/4 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market. Portugal were in fact held to a 0-0 draw in their last fixture by Poland, although I cannot see a repeat in Leiria on Saturday.
On top of scoring goals for fun in the important qualifiers, the Portuguese have also turned on the style in the international friendlies. Current European Champions and fierce local rivals Spain were on the wrong end of a 4-0 hiding in November 2010, and more recently Luxembourg were thumped 5-0 at the Stadium Algarve.
Incredibly, in five of their ten Group H matches, Portugal scored three or more goals and there is every possibility another glut of goals will arrive when Ronaldo and co take to the field on Saturday evening.
With this in mind it could be worth having a little flutter on a couple of correct score predictions. Considering the outcome of the two other friendlies already mentioned, taking a punt on 4-0 at odds of 27/4 appeal.
Furthermore, If punters fancy a 5-0 result or an even bigger success then odds of 18/5 are available on ‘any other score’.
For a safer option, consider Portugal to win with over 3.5 goals at 21/20.
Obviously, the purpose of these pre-tournament fixtures is for the coaches to experiment with their squad, so expect the majority of substitutes to be utilised at some stage.
Nonetheless, the fringe players will be looking to impress and possibly earn a starting place in Paulo Bento’s side for their Euro 2012 opener against Germany on June 9th.
Consequently I do not expect that to scupper our chances of Portugal dishing out a hammering. If anything it could enhance the possibilities of the occurrence.
Portugal to win a game with over 3.5 goals @ 21/20
Portugal to win 4-0 @ 27/4
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