European Cup 2016- Round of 16 CRO vs. POR
Croatia vs. Portugal June 25 2016- 3:00 PM ET (TV ESPN) Stade Bollaert-Delelis Lens, FR
A strong and confident Croatia team will prepare to do battle on the pitch on Saturday night as they will square off against Portugal in a Round of 16 match that has the following betting lines;
Best Croatia Lines: BetOnline ML (+162) Spread PK
Best Portugal Lines: BetOnline ML (+196) Spread PK
Draw: +194 Over/Under: BetOnline 2.0
Unbeaten in their last 10 matches, the Croatians could not have asked for a better showing so far in this year’s European Cup as they are coming off a huge 2-1 win over defending champion Spain to win Group D play.
Now on the agenda for Croatia will be to notch their first ever victory in the knockout stage but to do so must get past a “fortunate” Portugal team led by one of the world’s-best in superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
And fortunate in the sense because the Portuguese were able to advance to the knockout stage without virtue of a win in group play.
Saturday’s fixture will be the fourth time that these two countries have met on the field with Portugal winning the first three but none bigger than this year for Croatia, who head into this match as the slight favorite according to our sportsbooks.
It’s been a frustrating tournament for Portugal thus far as they have failed to record a victory but now will have an opportunity to turn that around with a win on Saturday. Portugal has advanced to at least the semifinals in three of the past four Euro Cups and no doubt will feel the pressure to beat the Croatians behind the foot of Ronaldo.
But to make that a reality, Portugal will need to find their defense after playing to a 3-3 draw versus Hungary as the Croatians have scored 26 goals during the coarse of their unbeaten streak.
Leading the charge for the Blazers will be left winger Ivan Perisic, who is the biggest attacking threat thus far for Croatia and if allowed space on the counter can do some damage.
Something all of Croatia will be counting on as they seek their first ever win over the Portuguese. And liking their chances in doing just that, BetOnline is favoring CRO (+162 ML) over POR with an over/under of 2.0 total game goals scored.
Playing the totals, I will favor the OVER of 2.0 total game goals scored as my betting pick for this expected exciting match.