We are now just 90 minutes, maybe more if the final goes to extra time, away from crowning the champions of Europe. After a hard fought tournament that spanned 30 days in France, we are down to the final two teams, and there are more than a few soccer betting fans who ae surprised at one of the teams in there. The expectation was that the hosts France were the team to beat coming into this tournament, and they have certainly lived up to expectations. The will be going against Portugal o Sunday afternoon, and it has to be said that this is a real surprise. Portugal have not looked particularly good, and have at times had to ride their luck to move on. This was a team that has to come from behind 3 different times against Hungary just to get out of the group stages. The betting odds for this one have been set, and it is France who are far and away the favorites to win it all. You just never know what might happen in a one-off game, though, and there is always the chance that a moment of brilliance could swing this thing the other way.
Here’s Our Betting Prediction for Euro 2017 Final on France vs Portugal
When: Sunday, July 10 at 3 PM EST
Where: Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
EURO 2016 Odds: TBA
Why bet on France
There has been an awful lot of pressure on France throughout this tournament, as there generally always is when you are the host nation. This was the team that was the favorite to win it all coming in, and other than a few nervy moments, they have lived up to that expectation. France did look a little under pressure in their semi-final game versus Germany, but things turned dramatically when they were awarded a penalty just before half-time. Antoine Griezmann, the leading scorer in the tournament, coolly slotted it home, and then added another in the second half to seal the 2-0 win. France are where they belong in this final.
Why bet on Portugal
It is hard to adequately explain how this team has managed to make it all the way to the final. They got out of the group stages by the skin of their teeth, and did not win a game in regulation time until they took out Wales 2-0 in the semi-final. It was 2 goals in a matter of minutes that turned that game, and it showed that Portugal have the ability to score goals if they would just come out of their defensive shell. They are likely going to have to bunker down in the early stages of the final, as you can bet that France will be out for blood early. If they can withstand that, they might just start to frustrate the hosts, and possibly hit them on the break.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
You have to go all the way back to 1975 to find the last time Portugal beat France in a competitive game. In that time, the French have won 10 games against Portugal, and I see nothing to suggest that this trend will change.
France 2 Portugal 0