STAR PREVIEW France v Portugal Euro 2016 FINAL

first_imgThe Euro 2016 Championships will certainly not go down as a vintage one. Hope that’s not been unduly unfair but there have been few games that have really set the pulses racing coupled, of course, with England’s wretched innings.Iceland and Wales both out-performed but ultimately dropped away tamely and we are left with the hosts France and Portugal who have been one of the most boring teams in the whole tournament.Of the few matches I have enjoyed – France beating Germany 2-0 was one of the most entertaining – even though I punted both over 2.5 goals and BTTS so was desperate for a Germany goal.France are hovering around evens for the win in 90 minutes and that looks about right on the evidence of the tournament so far and on the head to head records between the two sides. If anything, it’s surprising not to see France odds-on given they have won their last 10 games against Portugal. Their overall record is W18, D1, L5.A few experts are speculating on the fact that Portugal have had an extra day to prepare and come into the final on the back of an easier win in the semis and this might be a major factor. I can’t really have that – and in any case it is countered by the fact that France are playing in front of an expectant nation at the Stade de France in Paris.Coach of France Didier Deschamps is again expected to have the luxury of having all 23 players available for final selection.Portugal v FranceUEFA EURO 2016 Final20:00 BBC One / BBC One HD / ITV / ITV HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Sep 2015 INTERNATIONAL Portugal 0-1 FranceOct 2014 INTERNATIONAL France 2-1 PortugalJul 2006 WORLD CUP Portugal 0-1 FranceApr 2001 INTERNATIONAL France 4-0 PortugalJun 2000 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS Portugal 1-2 FranceJan 1997 INTERNATIONAL Portugal 0-2 FranceJan 1996 INTERNATIONAL France 3-2 PortugalJun 1984 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS France 3-2 PortugalFeb 1983 INTERNATIONAL Portugal 0-3 FranceMar 1978 INTERNATIONAL France 2-0 PortugalFinals can often be a let down but I expect France to be quickly away from the traps tonight as they were against Germany. France HT/FT at 11/4 is one of my bets with Star Sports – the other being France (-1) on the three-way handicap at 3/1.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK FRANCE/FRANCE HT/FT 75 points at 11/4 with Star SportsBACK FRANCE (-1) THREE WAY HANDICAP 75 points at 3/1 with Star SportsEuro 2016 Profit/Loss: -209 pointsBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img