Bet of the day: England to beat Portugal and both score
Holly Thackeray | June 2, 2016
Coral’s bet of the day
- Portugal have won only three encounters with England from 22 when in normal time
- England have run out winners in four of their last five fixtures
- The Three Lions notched 10 in those games but conceded six
- In four of their previous five meetings, both teams have been on target
England 5/1 (max stake £20) to beat Portugal and both score
For customers it is their last chance to catch a glance of Roy Hodgson’s finalised England roster ahead of Euro 2016, with the Three Lions’ final warm-up preparation versus Portugal at Wembley on Thursday evening.
So, of course, this clash against fierce footballing rivals the Navigators had to make Coral’s bet of the day selection, with an enhanced match special available of 5/1 (max stake £20) for an England win and both teams to score.
So, if punters are feeling patriotic ahead of this encounter with foes Portugal, read on to find out why this wager is such a perfect price to take…
Three Lions ferocious in attack
The Three Lions have had their claws bared lately, beating both of big scalps and historic arch enemies Germany and France in friendly fixtures, plus Turkey and Australia, to enjoy a stretch of four wins from their last five.
An impressive 10 goals were scored across those by Hodgson’s contingent, and now his final Euro picks will be preparing to prove their worth, with lethal forward pair Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy possibly reuniting in attack.
There is plenty of potency across the England outfit now, with all-time top scorer Wayne Rooney tipped to start deeper, Dele Alli an exciting goal threat from midfield and emergent starlet Marcus Rashford making waves.
Yet, although England appear confident they can outscore opponents, they have also shown they usually concede, with six leaked in their last five and just one clean sheet.
With bright talents of their own such as Nani, Rafa Silva, Joao Mario and Andre Gomes, many of whom have been Premier League linked, Portugal will pose a real threat, but crucially could fail to find a winning edge without superstar skipper Cristiano Ronaldo.
As home advantage is in favour of the Three Lions, Portugal’s England record counts against them ahead of this encounter. The Navigators will remember some shootout success against their opponents, but have actually only ever won three from 22 attempts against the English in normal time.
While, in four of the last five frays between these two fiercely competitive teams, the two sides have each managed to get on target, meaning this 5/1 offer (max stake £20) for an England triumph at Wembley and both to bag is fantastic value.
Pop by our Euro 2016 page for more on England and Portugal.