Tuesday, October 12, 2010


After venting my frustrations about the scheduling of the Euro 2012 qualification games, I feel a bit of a fraud discussing the matches today, where I have three selections, two of which are double stake bets, but what the heck !

I will just touch on one briefly, which is the match in Reykjavik , where Iceland bottom of Group H and without a point, host Portugal who are looking to continue to get their camapign back on track and build on a comfortable win over Denmark on friday evening. That was the debut of new boss Paulo Bento, he replaced former Manchester United number two Carlos Queiroz who paid the price for a poor sequence of results and performances. Bento will be very hungry to keep his 100% record and wants to do so with a touch of class and playing the right way, he definitely has the personnel to do so and at times his squad can be almost unplayable, but we see those days all too infrequently and the new coach knows they have to be very focused tonight.

Iceland appear to have sacrificed this game, with all fit and eligible players being allowed to join and play for the U21 team in their playoff game in Scotland last night. That might sound crazy but is understandable, when you consider that the full national team have never qualified for a major tournament and have won just 4 of their last 32 group games, beating only Malta, Montenegro and Northern Ireland for whom they are a bogey side, twice. Along the way they have conceded a mountain of goals and more look on the cards tonight. The squad looks decidedly second rate and a far cry from the promising group of players a decade or more ago who looked set to make their mark on the european stage, but flattered only to deceive. Away win.

Portugal -1.25 goals 1.96 asian line.

Good Luck.

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