Portugal v Czech Republic latest odds, news and free bets

After losing 1-0 to Germany in their opening game, Portugal would have jumped at the chance to land a Euro 2012 quarter final spot against any team, although playing Czech Republic in the last eight is a dream come true

Paulo Bento’s side achieved wins against Denmark and Netherlands to book their place in the last eight and the Saturday night shenanigans in Group A means that Russia are nowhere to be seen when it comes to this tie.

Instead is a Czech team who recovered well from a 4-1 drubbing by the Russians to beat Greece and Poland although Michal Bílek’s side are a pretty ordinary outfit who look there for the taking.

Portugal are a best price 5/6 (Paddy Power free bets) to claim victory in Warsaw, although they will have to break down an organised team who learnt their lesson from that 4-1 spanking and have conceded just one goal in the tournament since then.

Cristiano Ronaldo could be the man to unlock the Czech defence after his tournament came to life on Sunday night when a well-taken brace dumped the Dutch out of the competition and the layers are wary of the Real Madrid star.

The Portuguese captain is a 4/1 chance (BetVictor bookmaker) to break the deadlock and that seems a reasonable price considering he is the focal point of his team’s attack, while penalty and free-kick duties also fall within his remit.

Some might fancy the 6/5 (Coral) that Ronaldo finds the net at any stage although Petr Cech will be determined to compensate for a couple of poor performances during the group stage which jeopardised his team’s qualification chances.

The Czech Republic will also welcome back Tomas Rosicky from injury and perhaps they will continue to thrive in their role as underdogs, with the team coming off the back of two straight wins and they will look upon this game as a decent chance to make the semi-finals.

William Hill offer odds of 9/2 that the Group A winners beat Portugal and set up a potential semi-final against Spain or England which would see them outsiders again with the bookies, although they do have some talented players in midfield who include Václav Pilař and Petr Jiráček.

Both of these players like to get into forward positions and both have scored twice in this tournament thus far, so they are better options on the First Goalscorer market than Milan Baros who is likely to be outmarked and will also bring others into play.

The Czechs will undoubtedly try to keep this tight although an early Portuguese goal could mean they are forced out of their own half and we think there’s a decent chance that Bento’s men can seal victory well before the final whistle. 14/1 about a 3-0 win looks a decent shout on that basis.

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