So – the final is upon us! After a month of a mixture of excellent, and boring football – we have our two finalists.
France, the hosts – and Portugal, a side very few predicted would be there – having won one game in 90 minutes!
France are very much the favourites, priced @ 21/20 for the win – this is a good value bet. however Over 1.5 Team Goals is better priced @ 6/4.
In these games, stats mean little. It’s all about who will stand up and absorb the pressure, settle in the atmosphere and have the balls to take a risk in the biggest of situations! For me, France will have the crowd on their side (obviously), which could either help or hinder. They seem to have found a winning formula – Moussa Sissoko replacing N’golo Kante, Umtiti coming in for Adil Rami and Giroud playing as the main striker, with Griezmann playing off him.
Portugal have stuck with the same side, give or take a player here and there, for the whole tournament. Nani has been terrific and already earned a move to Valencia. Ronaldo has finally appeared at a major tournament, while the likes of Mario, Guerreiro and Quaresma have also made an impact.
Both have frailties in defence, and with both being stronger in attack – I think a price of 17/10 for Over 2.5 is very generous from the bookies! Here are my tips:
France Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 6/4 (NAP)
France Win + BTTS @ 5/1
Penalty in the Match @ 7/2
William Hill Special – Griezmann to Score, France to Win & BTTS @ 8/1 (Was 13/2)
A nice selection – obviously up to you if you want to back them, but for me France are the much stronger side and could do some damage, while Portugal have a good side, strong up front and a little weak at the back.
Best of luck