Portugal take on Iceland national team in their first match of the European Championship in France. The match will be played in Saint Etienne at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Tuesday, June 14th.
Portugal national team almost completely depends on performance of their leader and one of the greatest footballers in the history Cristiano Ronaldo. When Ronaldo is fit and show solid football, Portugal can battle any opponents but when the captain is in poor shape, his team struggles to show top performance. Portugal played five matches in 2016, taking three wins over Belgium, 2-1, Norway, 3-0, and Estonia, 7-0 and losing two matches to England and Bulgaria, 0-1 both. Portugal is quite inconsistent but they definitely able to advance for the knockout phase.
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Iceland are able to surprise at this competition and may advance for the knockout phase or lose all three matches of the group stage. Iceland left behind strong Netherlands national team in qualifying stage and Turkey, who advanced for the main stage in France through playoffs so Iceland national team is capable of big deeds at football pitch. However, recent results of the team come disappointment as Iceland won three and lost seven of their last tem matches in all competitions.
Portugal and Iceland faced one another two times during Euro-2012 qualifying campaign and both matches ended with wins of Portugal, 3-1 and 5-3. However, Iceland improved greatly since then and they should be able to offer a battle to Ronaldo and Co. and at least avoid thrashing defeat.
Prediction for the match: Iceland to win with +1.0 Asian handicap.