Thursday evening sees the first quarter-final of Euro 2012 get underway when Portugal and Czech Republic go head to head, as Ladbrokes report the latest England World Cup odds – read more here, free bets and plenty of money on Ronaldo to find the net first.
Looking at Portugal to begin with, some people had not given them much of a chance of progressing from their tough group, especially after losing the first game to Germany.
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Paulo Bento’s men then were involved in a dramatic 3-2 win over Denmark in the second match before securing their place in the knockout stages with a 2-1 victory over Holland.
Cristiano Ronaldo came to the party last time out and scored both goals in the match – which were his first two of the tournament.
Portugal can now go into this encounter on the back of two wins and full of confidence after making it out of arguably the toughest group in Euro 2012.
Looking at the betting in this match, Bento’s men go into Thursday’s match as the favourites with odds of 5/6.
As for Czech Republic, they were written off by many after their 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Russia in the first game where they looked like a very ordinary side.
However, since that Michal Bilek’s men have shown incredible spirit to bounce back and win their remaining two matches of the group stages.
It was a victory against co-hosts Poland that saw them qualify as group winners and Bilek will be delighted that his players were not overwhelmed by the big occasion and incredible atmosphere.
Now they have made it to this stage, Czech Republic could cause a lot more upsets in the competition. However, they will need to raise their game yet again as Portugal are the toughest team they would have faced in Euro 2012 so far.
They go into the match as underdogs which could suit them. You can back the Czech’s at 9/2.