Wednesday, June 11, 2008
EURO 2008 ........
PORTUGAL - CZECH REPUBLIC
Czech Republic are a very tough side to break down, concede few goals, just five in qualification and already have three points in the bag. However, they are very one dimensional, have little creative talent in midfield and if they persist in Koller on his own up front, will struggle to score, he could play all week and not get any joy against this Portugese defence. They sorely miss Rosicky and were incredibly fortunate to beat Switzerland and on another day, would have conceded two penalties, suspect the other 11 referees here, would have given at least one.I have absolutely no doubt that they will play solely for the draw and therefore, the only question is whether or not, the Portugese can score.
I think that they will, Turkey offered little resistance in the opener and Portugal could easily have scored 4 or 5. Ronaldo looked in top shape and more importantly, very motivated, feel that he will be very hungry to get a goal today.I was also impressed, for the first time in ages, by Deco, who has had a terrible time in Barcelona this season and is obviously in the "shop window", looking for a new club and Carvalho, who is a colussus at the back.This looks a team already playing at , or near, the peak of their powers and they should be too good for a decidely average Czech side.They are also at an advantage, having already played in Geneva.
6 points Portugal -1/2 ball asian line 1.85.