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.

Loads of punters will be on Ronaldo to score first at 13-2 with McBookie but a punt on Quaresma at 11-4 with bet365 to score might not be daft. Ronaldo is 19-20 with 888sport to net at any time.

Portugal are 8-13 at boylesports to win with Iceland 7-1 at Ladbrokes and the draw paying 3-1 at McBookie.

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.

188BET will refund losing bets up to £25 per customer as a free bet on losing match bets as well as first or anytime scorer, correct score, both teams to score and HT/FT markets if Ronaldo nets first.

Bets to Consider

Portugal & Btts

Ronaldo to score first

Quaresma to score

  1. archie 6 years ago

    mr f i have done quaresma to score 1st 8/1
    score 1st for portugal 7/2
    ats 3/1
    after what he won me other night worth giving him another go .

  2. Alves 6 years ago

    Portugal certainly no bankers but I’ll do the PP offer with a free fiver for each gl scored. £20 stakes. Remember Iceland shouldve topped their group and beat Holland home and away

  3. frastar 6 years ago

    Thinking of doing a tenner on btts and over 2.5 goals on Portugal game. Returns over 30 quid. Think this has a great chance. Anyone see wht not?

    • Mr Fixit 6 years ago

      frasar, could come in but only 2 games so far have gone over 2.5 goals.

    • frastar 6 years ago

      Thanks Mr Fixit. Didn’t think you would see this. Was lucky today with a treble. So think I will go for it. Was going to do 5 on btts and over 2.5and 5 on over 3 goals in match. I really think and hope there will be a lot of goals. Ice land can and do score loads and Portugal should get at least 2 so worth a shot.

    • the notorious 6 years ago

      Id be amazed if Portugal failed to score at least two goals.

  4. dirk41 6 years ago

    Quaresma is likely missing this game with an injury.

  5. chris guy 6 years ago


    For me it’s all about Christiano Ronaldo I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t get himself on the goal sheet tonight. Ronaldo is a decent price at almost evs to score in 90 mins but I’ve managed to find a selection which offers much more bang for your buck. Christiano Ronaldo is 8/1 to score anytime from outside the box and William hill are only offering 19/5 for the same bet. I thought 8/1 was a decent price and when I went to place the bet I was delighted to see that they have enhanced the price to 11/1 with no stake limit. 11/1 is a huge price and has every chance of coming up.

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    Good luck everyone

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