iBet: Portugal v Czech Republic could be tight
Portugal v Czech Republic, Euro 2012, quarter-final
Lay over 3.5 goals at 3.5 to one with Betfair
Back over 9 bookings points with Betfair
History says that games in the European Championships become tighter in the knockout stages and Ladbrokes have issued an interesting market for total goals scored in the tournament from quarter final stages onwards. It’s even money that there will be more than 14.5 and 8/11 that there will be fewer, including extra time. Portugal looked very good indeed in seeing off Holland 2-1 in their final group game and they are odds-on favourites against the Czech Republic, who can be backed at 9/2. However, the Dutch, needing to win by at least two, had to press from the word go and that played directly to Portgual’s strengths on the counter in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani. We can be sure that the Czech’s will not be so gung-ho and it should also be pointed out that for all his talents going forward, Ronaldo is a liability in defence. He refuses to track back and all four goals Portugal have conceded so far have come down his flank. This could be closer than many people think and it could well be tight, feisty and a difficult one for the referee.
Frankel’s trainer Henry Cecil has stated that wonder horse Frankel has four races left before retirement after his facile victory in the Queen Anne this week, his 11th successive win. He is 1/3 with William Hill and Betfair to remain unbeaten in 2012, while Paddy Power have issued a market on how much he will command at stud. It’s even money that the stud fee will be over £150,000.
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