Portugal Euro 2012 betting

Portugal may not like to admit it, but while their team may be full of talented individuals, at the World Cup they relied too heavily on one, Christiano Ronaldo. While this brought them out of the Group of Death and into the second round, the style of football they were playing was simply not good enough to progress against far superior local rivals, Spain. At the finals though they were missing a key asset in the shape of Manchester United winger Nani, whose replacement Danny did not perform in his absence. However, a Portugal team containing talent in the form of Ricardo Carvalho, Pepe and Helder Postiga is not one to be taken lightly. Portugal have never won a major International competition in their history, their best performance coming in 2004 as runners-up to Greece when the tournament was held in Portugal.

Portugal Euro 2012 odds

Portugal are being considered as outsiders for this tournament with odds of 23.0 on Betfair, this is probably a good representation of their chances as it is apparent that a big injury to either Christiano Ronaldo or Nani would probably see them leaving in the group stages. But let us not forget the Championships in Portugal when Greece, with odds far higher than 23.0 won the tournament and beat Portugal on home soil. Qualification for Portugal though looks to be priority number 1 as at the moment they lie 2nd in their group behind a very impressive Norway side.  Their odds of 1.22 on Betfair to qualify though, do however indicate that they still have a very good chance of automatic qualification.

Portugal Euro 2012 best bets

Portugal’s most potent threat in front of goal has to be in the shape of inspirational captain Christiano Ronaldo, who has scored 25 goals in 79 appearances for Portugal, already this season for Real Madrid he has scored 31 goals and the season is only just over halfway through. So a bet on Ronaldo to finally pick up a Golden Boot award at the tournament is definitely worth a look. Another stand out bet might be on winger Nani, he has already made an impact for his country with over 10 assists and is sure to be good value to provide the most assists of any player at the tournament, which is well worth a bet.