World Cup 2018 Group B – Betting Tips, Predictions & Preview

It’s very rare to see two football heavyweights facing each other in the group stage of World Cup. However, football fans will get to see European rivals and neighbours Spain and Portugal take on each other in Group B in Russia. Besides these two, Morocco and Iran complete the picture in the group. Here’s our take on all four participants of Group B. Iran The Asian nation are the obvious underdogs in the group. Iran, currently ranked 36th in FIFA rankings, are making their fifth appearance at World Cup. In…

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FIFA Confederations Cup Semi-Finals Betting Preview

Arguably four strongest teams in the tournament have made their ways into the semi-finals, and it makes for an interesting viewing. Alexis Sanchez will face off against Cristiano Ronaldo as South American champions Chile take on European winners Portugal on Wednesday. Next day, CONCACAF representatives Mexico will take on world champions Germany. Germany, who have fielded a rather inexperienced squad, are favourites to win the tournament at 9/4 odds. Portugal are close behind the Germans at 23/10 odds. Love a good bet? You should check out these betting promotions. Real…

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Stunning Italian model talks about her date with Cristiano Ronaldo

Does Cristiano Ronaldo have a new girlfriend? When the Portuguese superstar was spotted in the company of Italian model Cristina Buccino in Ibiza, the rumours started… Cristina Buccino: “I arrived at this place and Cristiano Ronaldo was there.” pic.twitter.com/lgFpjrDVt6 — TheCRonaldoFan (@TheCRonaldoFan) 26 juli 2016 Now, Buccino has spoken about her night with Ronaldo to Italian gossip magazine Chi. “What I have to say is that Cristiano Ronaldo is cool. I’ve seen him with my naked eye. When you know a person, however, you discover the rest, and Cristiano is a generous guy and…

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The remarkable stats behind Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph

Despite France, Germany, and Spain being the biggest favourites to win Euro 2016, it was Portugal who came away with the win on Sunday, beating Les Bleus on home soil 1-0 in the final. When Cristiano Ronaldo went off injured after just 25 minutes, the Portuguese prospects of winning a first European Championship suffered a damaging blow. As such Ronaldo’s team-mates were required to assume a greater level of responsibility for trying to unlock the French defence without their talismanic captain. The Portuguese players did that collectively and came close to…

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Eder: Portugal’s unlikely Euro 2016 hero

Almost as unlikely as Portugal winning Euro 2016, was their match winner in the final against France. When Cristiano Ronaldo went off injured after just 25 minutes, Portuguese prospects of winning a first European Championship suffered a damaging blow, since they lost their main goal scoring threat. As such Ronaldo’s team-mates were required to assume a greater level of responsibility for trying to unlock the French defence without their talismanic captain. Euro Ecstasy for Eder The Portuguese players did that collectively and came close to scoring on numerous occasions, before Eder…

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Multiple heroes emerge to help France to Euro 2016 final

France were the big favourites to win Euro 2016 at the star of the tournament en they made it all the way to the final in the Stade de France, where they will face Portugal on Sunday. Meanwhile, multiple Frencg heroes have emerged. The great Griezmann The French striker deservedly did so when substituted in the last minute of his country’s 2-0 semi-final victory over Germany, as he produced a man of the match performance and scored both goals to send Les Bleus through to the final of Euro 2016.…

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Portugal vs France – Euro 2016 Final Preview

A proud host nation will be expecting to salute an emotional and famous triumph on Sunday evening, as France contest the final of Euro 2016 against a Portugal team that is aiming to upset the odds and win a major tournament for the first time in their footballing history. There is no question that France are heavy favourites to collect their third European Championship crown, not only for the strength of their squad and sheer volume of quality attacking options, but due to the manner in which both sides have…

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Portugal vs Wales – Euro 2016 Semi-Final Preview

Portugal have failed to win a game in 90 minutes en route to reaching the last four of Euro 2016, and now only they stand in the way of a Wales side that is on the cusp on sensationally sealing a place in the final. This will be a lot more than just a battle between the world’s two most expensive footballers, Real Madrid teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, but a meeting of two sides intent on defying the odds and becoming kings of Europe. And it has to…

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Portugal enhancing their fine European Championship record at Euro 2016

Portugal’s Euro 2016 campaign is quite unique. The reason for that being it represents the first time, since group stages were introduced to the tournament in 1980, that a team has reached the semi-finals without having won a game in normal time. Fernando Santos’ side beat Poland 5-3 on penalties in the quarter-finals following a 1-1 draw after extra time, whilst the Selecao also required 120 minutes of play to overcome Croatia 1-0 in the last 16. Portugal reached that stage after drawing each of their three group games with Iceland, Austria…

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Poland vs Portugal – Euro 2016 Quarter-Final Preview

The opening Euro 2016 quarter-final encounter takes place on Thursday evening as Poland attempt to plough deeper into uncharted territory by defeating a Portugal side that will be determined to raise its game after labouring to this stage. Whatever happens, this tournament can be looked back on as a success for Poland, but the feeling is that there is still more to come from them. Leading striker and captain Robert Lewandowski is still yet to live up to his billing and has rarely looked like getting on the scoresheet, while…

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Euro 2016 – Croatia favourites to topple Ronaldo and Portugal

Although not exactly full of goals, the group stage of Euro 2016 provided its fair share of entertainment and did not produce any of the heavy winning margins that many would have expected. All of the heavyweights made it through whether in convincing or inauspicious fashion, but there were some surprises as some of the competitions least fancied nations advanced to the last 16. The knockout drama begins on Saturday, where the standout fixture comes in the evening as a very impressive Croatia side come up against Portugal, who laboured…

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Euro 2016 Group F – Frustrated Portugal face crucial Hungary clash

Of the 24 teams taking part at Euro 2016, Portugal must be the most frustrated of all. Countless attempts at goal, and overwhelming dominance in terms of possession and territory has only yielded two points from as many matches. They are now faced with the prospect of having to win against Hungary in order to make sure of qualification for the last 16. Saturday evening was a rare one to forget for Cristiano Ronaldo, who struck the post with a second half penalty and shortly afterwards saw a goal ruled…

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Euro 2016 Group F – Knockout stages a real prospect for Hungary

The first round of group matches were all well fought, but largely devoid of surprise results. Arguably the biggest exception was Hungary’s fine 2-0 win over a much fancied Austria side, who badly failed to live up to the pre-tournament hype. Not much was expected of a side that had not competed at a major finals for many years, and needed the play-offs to qualify from what on paper, was one of the weakest groups. However, they produced a very tidy performance to not only outplay their opponents, but limit…

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Euro 2016 Group F – Dark horses Austria look to lay down a marker

It is a long time since Austria last qualified for a major tournament, but all of a sudden the class of 2016 is showing signs that they might be capable of doing something special, having breezed through a qualifying group containing tricky opponents in the shape of Russia, Sweden and Montenegro. Just three points were dropped during the entire campaign, as a talented group of players announced themselves as potential dark horses. Their stars include the brilliant David Alaba, who is used to success at club level as part of…

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ICYMI: Chris Smalling’s goal and Bruno Alves’ scandalous red card in England’s win against Portugal

On Thursday, England were able to beat Portugal 1-0 at the Wembley Stadium. Chris Smalling scored the Three Lions’ only goal, while Portugal’s Bruno Alves received a red card for a scandalous challenge on Harry Kane. Smalling’s goal: It wasn’t pretty, but it’s a third consecutive win. Chris Smalling’s goal separates the sides #ENGvPOR pic.twitter.com/nhdKzSyH0d — EURO 2016 (@UEFAEuros_2016) 2 juni 2016 Alves’ red card: Here is the next most interesting moment from #ENGvPOR Bruno Alves red card *foul* pic.twitter.com/gWBq2ecd7l — EURO 2016 (@UEFAEuros_2016) 2 juni 2016

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Euro 2016: the favourites and biggest outsiders

The start of the 2016 European Championship, on June 10 in Paris (France), is still a couple of months away. But it’s never too early to take a look at the favourites to win the tournament and the national squads that are listed as the biggest outsiders to challenge for Euro 2016. Three favourites It’s never easy to pinpoint the biggest tournament favourite to put your money on, but Germany seems to be the one team that jumps to everyone’s mind in this regard. The reigning world champions have made…

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Ranking the kits of the FIFA top 20: Do Wales still rate above England?

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The latest round of FIFA world rankings caused another stir of controversy, with Wales rising above England for the first time ever and France dropping 17 places below Romania, it’s easy to see why it’s got people’s backs up. However, just because a country has better individual players, it by no means ensures them a higher ranking. Though FIFA’s system is flawed, and confusing, we’ve come up with a much better way of working out FIFA’s top 20, and that’s by judging them on their kits. See how we’ve ranked…

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(Video) Portugal squad hold minute’s silence for refugee crisis at training camp

Portugal’s international squad have reacted to the current refugee crisis across Europe by holding a minute’s silence for all those affected. The Seleccao stood in a circle by the centre-circle before their training session on Thursday, and held a quiet moment together with their arms locked and their heads bowed. See the touching video below…

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Euro U-21 Championships – Five-star Portugal favourites to claim the honours

A fascinating and unerringly free-flowing European U-21 Championships come to a conclusion on Tuesday evening, as Portugal face Sweden in a final which brings together two sides which stormed to surprisingly one-sided victories in the last four. They only met as recently as Wednesday, when a late equaliser for the Scandinavian team saw them progress from the group stage at the expense of Italy. It was a result that suggests they are very evenly matched, and strong defensive records over the course of the tournament thus far would support that assumption.…

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