Euro 2016 Odds & Preview — Title Match: Portugal at France (7/10)

Euro 2016 Odds & Preview — Title Match: Portugal at France (7/10)

For France, a nation that was shocked back in November by a night of terrorist attacks, winning the European Championships would be soothing, to say the least. National team coach Didier Deschamps says that while he knows a victory in Sunday night’s Euro 2016 title match against Portugal won’t solve the problems that were suffered by the French people, it might “ease their worries,” and so it is going to be with a great deal of emotion that this team takes the pitch at the Stade de France in Paris for this game that will begin at 3 PM ET, Keep in mind, of course, that even after the kickoff, BetAnySports customers can continue to bet, using the facilities that have been made available through the state-of-the-art software from Live Betting Ultra.

The French has been a rather potent offensive machine, to the point where they have scored 13 goals in six games. And the 2-0 win over Germany in the semi-finals repeated the same result they had back in November, as explosions were taking place outside of the stadium, forcing fans to run away from the stands after the proceedings. There is some history on the French side here, as they carry a ten-match winning streak in international play over the Portuguese, and although we are not sure how much that really matters here, we can tell you that the side that Fernando Santos manages has not itself managed a win over France since 1975. That is a long, long time.

In fact, it was long before Christiano Ronaldo was born. The 31-year-old is running out of chances for genuine glory, and observers have expressed a lot of pleasure about his attitude, which is said to be rather team-oriented, which hasn’t always been the case in the past.

In the Euro 2016 odds posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the homestanding French side is afforded the edge:

(Extra time and shootouts included)

France to win  -210

Portugal to win  +175

(90 minutes plus stoppage time only)

France  +114

Portugal  +340

Draw  +209

Over 2 Goals  +102

Under 2 Goals  -117

One of the big keys for France is that they have been absolutely terrific when it comes to defending their home turf in major tournaments. In the 18 games Les Bleus have played within the country in either the World Cup or Euro, they have won 16 and experienced two draws. And in this tournament, they are on the verge of setting the record for most goals scored by ANY team in the European Championships. Two goals on their part will beat the record that, well, THEY hold, from Euro 1984.

And the magician who has led that scoring surge is Antonie Griezmann, who plays his club football for Atletico Madrid and actually has Portuguese roots (his paternal grandfather). he had two more goals against Germany to bring his total to six for the entire event, and that puts him in line to win the Golden Boot and become only the third Frenchman to win the scoring title outright in a major tournament. This is a bit of a surprise not only was he not among the goal-scoring leaders in the Euro qualifying phase, but he was also dropped from the starting lineup by coach Didier Deschamps after the opening game.

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