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Iceland Makes Euro Debut VS Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Gylfi Sigurdsson Iceland Euro 2016

Iceland was a great story during Euro 2016 qualifying, finishing as the runner-up in a highly-competitive Group A which was won by the Czech Republic. The performance placed Iceland ahead of both Turkey and the Netherlands en route to its first ever European Championship. That said, Iceland faces Portugal on a bit of a cold streak in the the friendlies that they played leading up to the tournament.

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  • Portugal has four wins and two losses in its last six matches.
  • Portugal has played in seven Euros and has advanced past the group stage each time.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has recorded six goals in Euro tournaments.

Online book Bovada is presently offering Portugal as -180 faves in moneyline markets while Iceland comes in at +575 and the Draw +285. In spread betting, Portugal is a one-goal favorite at EVEN odds while Iceland is -120. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 2 goals is -140 while UNDER 2 goals is +115.

Iceland won six qualifying games but drew two and lost one in its final three during the stage. Furthermore, they have lost four of their last six friendlies entering the competition, but did win its final tune-up match versus Liechtenstein.

Portugal's superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will be hungry for a first major international trophy and will hope to make quick work of Iceland in the opener. Portugal can enter this with a bit of confidence as it has won both the previous meeting with Iceland 5-3 and 3-1.

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