On Sunday evening, the finals of the Euro 2016 Championships are finally upon is. It has been a long month to get to this point, with lots of thrilling – and not so thrilling soccer along the way. One team who always managed to excite in getting here has been the host nation, France. The French play a great brand of soccer, constantly trying to attack using their wonderfully skilled players to the best of their ability. The pressure was on France to really compete in this tournament as they’re the host nations, but also because they did enter as favourites. Though they have had some sluggish moments, France has lived up to the billing and they’ll look to seal the deal in Paris on Sunday evening.
Opposing the French will be an inconsistent and puzzling Portugal side. It is still a tad baffling thinking about their route to this all-important final match. They tied all three group stage matches, all against supposedly inferior opposition. In fact, they needed to battle back on three separate occasions just to work for a tie against lowly Hungary. They’ve only won one match inside 90 minutes – their last against an overmatched Wales team in the semi-finals. They clearly play down to their competition, as they possess more talent than they’ve shown – but it is now or never for the Portuguese. They’ll be facing France’s home fans and a red-hot and motivated French side to win a major title on home soil. Portugal hasn’t really gotten a stern test just yet, but you can believe they’ll get one when they take on Les Bleus.
France vs. Portugal Betting Odds:
Over 2 (+100)
Under 2 (-120)
France to win Euro 2016 (-215)
Portugal to win Euro 2016 (+195)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
France vs. Portugal Pick:
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the world’s best soccer players who will surely leave quite the legacy upon his retirement from soccer. He has won many team and individual awards, though there still remains one glaring omission from his trophy case. Ronaldo has yet to deliver a major international title for his home country of Portugal. It’s been a great generation of Portuguese soccer, but they’ve always struggled to capitalize when they’ve had their chance.
France will ensure that trend continues in this intriguing match-up. The French do a ton of things well and really have no glaring weaknesses. Portugal has yet to play a team with the quality Les Bleus possess, and I think tha twill hurt them on Sunday. France is lethal in so many different ways and can create goals/chances in a variety of methods. They will absolutely control this game in the middle with the ball-winning N’Golo Kante, and the beast in Paul Pogba. The Juventus man in Pogba is playing deeper than usual, helping out an oft-criticized back-line. He was excellent against Germany, not really conceding any good chances from the middle of the pitch.
Up front, Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud have been a dynamic duo. Both have surely been two of the top players in the tournament, and many know when they’ve been getting chances – they’re not missing. Look for that to continue against a very susceptible Portuguese back-line. Pepe is getting up there in age, and Portugal has shown a ton of weaknesses in conceding goals. Chances will be had for the French – it’ll just be a matter of finishing.
What an opportunity for the French – to win a major title on home soil. They are the better team than Portugal and are currently in fine form. Expect France to control the majority of possession and dictate the tempo of the match. While the Portuguese do have Ronaldo, the French possess quality throughout their lineup and that depth should wear down some of the weak spots on Fernando Santos’ side. Look for a Les Bleus championship inside the 90 minutes as France cruises to victory.