The Oddschecker columnist gives his verdict on Sunday's European Championship final.
France were slow burners in the group stages but they’ve gone through the gears in the knockout games and it now looks like their name is firmly on the Euro 2016 trophy.
Whilst Portugal will be no pushovers, it’s no surprise that the host nation are clear favourites to win their third European Championship and I’m expecting this to be quite an open final. France have looked sensational going forward at times in this tournament and you would have to expect a team that has blown away Germany and Belgium to have too much for a Portugal defence that is by no means watertight..
Antoine Griezmann is a short has been the star of the show for France and he looks a shoo-in for player of the tournament unless Portugal cause an upset, in which case the obvious alternative would be Cristiano Ronaldo, although he’s hardly pulled up any trees in this tournament in truth, and I don’t even want to talk about his free-kicks.
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If all goes according to plan, as I think it will, then Griezmann will be picking up two awards because he also holds all the aces in the Golden Boot race. The Atletico Madrid striker has stolen the limelight for France, in the way that most people thought that Paul Pogba would do, but he hasn’t stamped his authority on a single game in this tournament and that’s not really good enough for someone rated as highly as he is.
As I said earlier, I’m expecting France to come out all guns blazing and an early goal could really open this game up. I can see Didier Deschamps’ side really imposing themselves on this game and the Over 2.5 Goals price of 13/8 is quite appealing. The France -1 Asian Handicap bet at 15/8 is an alternative option but we’ve got more cover if Portugal score if we stick with the Over 2.5 bet.
All the best,