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EURO 2016 - Poland v Portugal - MATCH PREVIEW

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Euro 2016 gets down to Poland and Portugal will start the round with their clash for a place in the semi-finals at the Stade Velodrome on Thursday, June 30.

Poland’s presence in the quarter-finals is not a surprise but their journey so far has been anything but certain. They looked laborious in the group stages although finishing second behind Germany. In the knockout match against Switzerland too, they looked nervous even after taking the lead through Jakub Blasczykowski. A spectacular overhead kick by Swiss’ Xherdan Shaqiri leveled things up which remained the same till penalties. With Granit Xhaka missing the spot kick for Switzerland, Poland huffed their way to the last eight.

 

The Polish camp will be worried more about the form of talisman striker Robert Lewandowski. With no goals yet in the tournament, the Bayern Munich forward is due big time.

Portugal haven’t been any better with three consecutive draws marking their progress to knockouts. In fact, their progression was in doubt till last match and they sneaked through only on third place. But the extreme misery was reserved for their match Croatia which scaled the peaks of ‘boring’. Both teams were subdued and until the 117th minute there wasn’t a single shot on goal. Ricardo Quaresma put Portugal in the last eight with the first shot on goal.

None of the performances from Portugal so far have been convincing. With Ronaldo struggling for impact in all but one of their games, they looked pedestrian. On current form, it will be a huge task for them to stop Poland.

Poland v Portugal Betting advice

Poland are in good recent form with just one loss in their last 13 matches. They have won six of their last ten matches and are unbeaten in five matches. Portugal too are unbeaten in five of their recent matches with four draws.

Poland’s defence has been impressive in Euros with just one goal conceded so far. Six clean sheets in previous ten matches is a testimony to their back line and we could be in for another goal less period during regular time.

With both teams struggling for goals, going for under 2.5 goals is an attractive option. Overall, Poland look good to qualify for the semis unless Ronaldo wants to conjure magic out of thin air.

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