THE shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo looms large over Portugal but they’re not a one-man team.
Ronaldo will be supported by the likes of Joao Moutinho, Pepe and veterans Nani and Ricardo Quaresma while keeper Rui Patricio is a class act.
As the Group F action finally gets under way today I’m taking the Portuguese to edge out debutants Iceland.
Many sides struggled in pre-tournament friendlies but Portugal boosted confidence by hitting Estonia for seven.
Ronaldo grabbed a hat-trick but Quaresma was brilliant too, scoring two stunners and being involved in four others.
Iceland have decent players such as Gylfi Sigurdsson and Alfred Finnbogason but lack the class to hurt a Portugal side who could go far in the tournament. Sigurdsson is 5-1 at Ladbrokes to net.
Sigurdsson will provide a threat from set-pieces and both teams to score at 16-11 with 888sport has a chance although nine of Portugal’s last 12 have gone under 2.5 goals. Eight of Iceland’s last 12 have gone over – including their last five – and I’d favour goals.
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Bets to Consider
Portugal & Btts
Ronaldo to score first
Quaresma to score