One Betvictor had one of those rare life-changing moments when the stars aligned for them and he became a millionaire overnight. Daman Chick, a punter from Birmingham, was in on BetVictor Million Pound Goal Promotion for the UEFA Europa League final and the fixture was settled by Portugal’s Eder in the 109th minute of the match against host nation France.
Chick had made the prediction that it would be Eder, a substitute in the game, who would score the opening goal of the final. He did, landing Portugal the victory and Chick the huge windfall. France had been heavy favourites to win the match with all of their scoring power, and Eder wasn’t a player who was heavily selected to net first.
For the UEFA Europa League Final, Antoine Griezmann lead the way (36.5% of predictions) followed by Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo (18%) and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud (15.8%).
Daman Chick said of his win: “It all started from when The Million Pound Goal was live. I was offered an entry by placing my first bet and the sixth bet I placed happened to be the winner.
“I went out of my way to make sure I earned as many predictions as I could with the money I could afford to play with.
“If I had properly sat down and analysed the goal scorer with the exact minute, I don’t think I ever would have gone for what I did!”
BetVictor Director of Sportsbook, Matt Scarrott, said: “As it happens, Eder’s extra-time goal for Portugal has indeed made one happy punter an instant millionaire – a life-changing sum of money, and we are thrilled for Daman.
“When it eventually came, The Million Pound Goal was a thing of beauty; Eder might not have looked a £5m player when at the Liberty Stadium, but you try telling that to Daman.
“Sunday’s final marked the biggest day in our history in terms of new customers, bar the Grand National. We are thrilled with the campaign and how it has been received by customers old and new, and look forward to similar campaigns going forward.”
18th July 2016 / lee - Category: Bookmaker News
It has all come down to Portugal v France at Euro 2016. That is the final match to round off the tournament, both sides standing on the brink of glory. For France, the host nation, they are looking to win the European Championships for the third time in their history, whereas Portugal will be looking to enter into new territory and land it for the first time. But all of the head to head form between France and Portugal is with Les Bleus and is they who go into the game as 11/10 favourites.
That’s price which screams of being hesitant over their chances, but that is because, as we have seen so many times in the knockout stages of Euro 2016, teams are often happy to hold out to extra time and even take their chances in penalties. With Portugal being more of your defensive type of side and likely to sit back and try to contain and take the sting out of the French, then it could be a pretty tight affair. There’s a huge prize on the line and caution isn’t going to be thrown to the wind for as long as the score stays 0-0.
The game going under 2.5 goals is a quote of 4/9 and two of France’s last three wins over Portugal have been by a 1-0 score. You can back a France 1-0 correct score in the match for a quote of 9/2. France are now on a ten match winning streak over the Portuguese and with the home support in Paris on Sunday and with them having produced plenty of scoring power at the Championships so far, then they are going to take some beating. Even when they had their back against the wall against Germany in the semi finals, the French still managed to battle their way through.
So grit and flair, they appear to have it all. What do Portugal have? Cristiano Ronaldo. The star man has had a relatively quiet tournament, but maybe he is saving the best to last. He helped Portugal get to the Euro 2004 Final where the Portuguese blew their lines on home soil, losing against Greece. With one more goal he will become the all time goalscoring leader in the history of the European Championships and he is a price of 9/4 in the anytime goalscorer market for the game, with France’s Antoine Griezmann in as 7/4 favourite in the market.
Portugal are the nearly-men of international football, not only having lost that Euro 2004 final, but going on two years later to lose in the semi finals of the World Cup. They lost the semi finals at Euro 2012 as well so they have come close, but not close enough. Can they finish it off this time around from a position of 7/2 underdogs in the match outright? The best way to cover the Portuguese to get their hands on the title is going to be on them To Lift the Title at a quote of 19/10. They showed through the early knockout rounds that they are more than prepared to just sit in and just grind things out in any way possible.
The Portuguese will also have had an extra day of rest before the Final as well and that could be a factor. France exerted a lot in having to defend their way past Germany in the semi finals whereas Portugal were in cruise control for their semi final against France. Incidentally the current manager of Portugal, Fernando Santos was the man in charge of Greece when they beat Portugal in the Euro 2004 Final. Is he going to come full circle and deliver it for Portugal as underdogs.
While France have the power, the style and the goals, something should be noted about Portugal’s progress. They have fought and they have fought hard and while they haven’t played well, they just haven’t gone away. They have done just enough to get to this point and they won’t care about this needing to go to extra time or about slowing the game down to a non-spectacle. That will work in their favour and they are value to get their hands on the title.
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9th July 2016 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Well Portugal are back in the final of a European Championship for the second time in their history. They went to the Euro 2004 Final which they were fully expected to win on home soil, but slipped up in a shock result against Greece. Their pedigree at the European Championships is pretty rich with them having never failed to have made it to at least the quarterfinals of a tournament and have been losing semi finalist three times before. It’s actually a very good, consistent record but can they improve upon that by taking a step further and getting their hands on the title for the first time?
It is going to be an uphill struggle for Portugal because they are under god and they will not only have to face a France side who are in a confident mood, but the majority of the Parisian crowd as well which naturally will be backing Les Bleus. Not only that, Portugal have a terrible head to head record running against France, having posted just a W5 D1 L18 record against them. They have lost the last ten games in a row against France and have failed to score in four of their last six contests against Les Bleus, so it doesn’t make great reading for Portugal who are 7/2 underdogs to win the match in ninety minutes.
However if there is one thing going for them, then it may be found in France’s epic semi final tussle with world champions Germany. France did a lot of chasing in the game and had their backs to the wall for long, long periods of the entire match. So maybe that will end up playing in Portugal’s favour who had a day’s extra rest ahead of the final. Perhaps it will just be down to a piece of magic from Cristiano Ronaldo or Nani, both of which having scored three goals at the tournament, to sneak it for Portugal? Ronaldo is a quote of 78/4 in the anytime goalscorer market for the match.
One thing they have shown its resilience. They stuck in there through draws against weaker opposition in the group stage and looked down and out against Hungary in their final group stage match before Ronaldo rescued them. They survived extra time against Croatia in the round of sixteen and then survived a penalty shootout against Poland in the quarter finals. Their first win in 90 minutes at Euro 2016 came with a 2-0 victory over a Welsh side that failed to deliver a performance in the semi finals. Overall, Portugal are on a 13 match unbeaten streak at the moment and if nothing else, they will offer stern resistance to France.
But then you have France who have won games in the group stage without ever looking at their best. We have seen them thump Iceland in an impressive attacking display and we have seen them sit back and defend for pretty much 90 minutes against Germany and still win. That speaks volumes about France, that they are winning matches despite what is being thrown at them and that is going to be something hard for Portugal to crack. It is all likely to end in a game which goes under 2.5 goals over the 90 minutes which can be backed at a quote of 4/9.
Giving France the edge is that big head to head record advantage that they have over the Portuguese as well as the fact that they have players in form in front of goal. None Less than Antoine Griezmann who has scored six goals in the tournament and five in his last three. That’s some firepower form that Portugal can’t match at all. With Olivier Giroud and Dimitri Payet both having weighed in with three goals at the Championships so far, the French have the goals in them and they have averaged over two per game at Euro 2016 so far.
Given that the last three European Championship finals have been won to nil (Greece over Portugal then Spain over Germany and then Italy) it may be worth running with a France to win to nil wager on this one at a price of 7/4. It is likely to be a bit cagey, it is a Final of a major tournament after all and it may take some time for the French to break through, but they have that extra punch up top which may get them over the finish line. France are a 21/20 shot to win the match in 90 minutes and they are 4/9 to lift the trophy, with Portugal at 15/8 to do so.
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8th July 2016 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
France are just the one match from glory now. They produced a stoic, hardened defensive effort against Germany in their semi final encounter with the World Champions, to see them off with a 2-0 victory. That was a game in which the French had their backs to the wall for long periods, but the fact that they still managed to come out on top showed everything positive about them. That they can succeed whether they are on top in a game or whether they have to dig in and grind things out.
We have seen both sides of France now at Euro 2016 and they go into the Final against Portugal on Sunday as heavy favourites to take the win. They have banked wins in each of their last five contests ignas the Portuguese, including a friendly win over them last year. With the firepower that they have going for them, Les Bleus are well set to repeat their 1984 feat of winning the European Championships on home soil. Antoine Griezmann goes as favourite to scoring the match following his five goal return from three knockout stage fixtures. He’s a man in form.
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8th July 2016 / lee - Category: Free Bets & Bonus
Les Bleus are now within touching distance of winning the European Champions for the third time in their history. The first time they won it was back in 1984 when they hosted the tournament. So history may well be set to repeat itself as the French take on Portugal in Saint-Denis on Sunday, July 10th. France go into the game as outright favourites to take the win against the Portuguese, who they have beaten in each of the last four meetings between the two nations.
France have the goals in them and after a big defensive effort to keep Germany at bay in the semi finals, Les Bleus have shown that they can dig in there and succeed where they need to. They are a team in winning touch at the moment and with Antoine Griezmann going so well up front, having netted six goals at the Championships, they are likely going to take some stopping. Portugal have won just the one game in 90 minutes at the tournament and may find the French too hot to handle.
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8th July 2016 / lee - Category: Free Bets & Bonus
After a brilliant season for Atletico Madrid there were questions about whether or not France striker Antoine Griezmann would be able to step up to the plate at Euro 2016. The answer is pretty clear as he has netted six goals during the Championships and goes into the final three clear of anyone else. Only his team mates Olivier Giroud and Dimitri Payet along with the opposing Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani can catch Griezmann now.
So the man has delivered and he is going to be heavily backed to score in the final through the anytime goalscorer market. That is five goals in his last three games now for his country and he could be the man of the hour for the French as they look to secure the European Championship on home soil for the second time in their history. They have beaten Portugal at the last four attempts as well so France are expected to be on top and Griezmann with an eye on goal.
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8th July 2016 / lee - Category: Free Bets & Bonus
Can France repeat what they achieved back in 1984 when they took the European Championship title on home soil? They have set themselves up with a repeat shot at doing just that as they moved past Germany in the semi finals to set up a meeting with Portugal in the Final. The French go as favourites against the Portuguese who have flattered to deceive throughout their entire campaign, but will France’s gruelling 90 minutes against Germany have taken some spark out of Les Bleus? France are 21/20 to win, with the Drat at 11/5 and Portugal at 7/2.
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So to Portugal, who appear to have resilience written all over them. Of their six matches played at Euro 2016 so far, they have drawn five of them over 90 minutes and for many, they have really flattered to deceive. They have looked extremely average for very long spells of the competition and were lucky to make it out of the group stage and have survived a penalty shoot out along the way as well. They have scored just the eight goals at the tournament and three of those came in a draw with Hungary in the group stage. So they haven’t exactly flourished in front of goal and star man Cristiano Ronaldo has just the three goals to his name at the championships. The Real Madrid man is running at 9/2 in the First Goalscorer market for the final.
Portugal’s pedigree at the European Championships is pretty good as this they have never failed to make it to the quarter finals of the competition now from seven appearances. They have been losing semi finalists three times and have been to the final before, surprisingly losing against Greece on home soil in a major Euro 2004 upset. So Portugal are back in he final for the first time since then and they go as underdogs. They have a terrible head to head record against France of W5 D1 L18 and they have lost the last ten on the bounce against Les Blues, including an international friendly played last year. The last time they met competitive was at the 2006 World Cup, when France won 1-0. They have met France twice before in the European Championships and have lost both matches too.
The Final to go under 2.5 goals is a quote of 4/9 with online betting site Paddy Power and up in the Correct Score market you have a France 1-0 option at the shortest price of 9/2 followed by a 1-1 draw at 5/1. France’s big defensive effort against Germany in the semi finals may detract punters from backing Both Teams to Score in the match which is a big 6/5 quote. France have conceded just two goals in their last six games against Portugal and you can back Les Bleus to take a clean sheet in the game at a quote of even money while they are an offering of 15/8 to win to nil over 90 minutes. After their brilliant attacking display against Iceland in the quarter finals, we saw the gritty, dogged side of France as they were second best to Germany for long periods in the semifinals, but still won out.
Antoine Griezmann netted the two goals in a 2-0 victory for the French and the Atletico Madrid striker is running hot at the moment with five goals in his last three games. He has six overall for the tournament. Olivier Giroud is a price of 7/4 to net with the brilliance of Dimitri Payet putting him at 13/5. The French have outscored everyone at the tournament significantly at an average of over 2 per game and that may help them land their third European Championship title on Sunday. Back in 1984 they took the title for the first time when they hosted the event and they could well be set for a firm repeat of that.
France showed against Germany that they aren’t a one trick pony. That they can dig in and defend if need be. They should enjoy plenty of possession against a cautious Portugal side who will be baning on their resilience and trying to take the sting out of the French. Portugal don’t have anywhere near as much to offer going forward as France do and that will be the difference. France to win.
8th July 2016 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
It is the Euro 2016 semi final clash that was on the cards ever since the draw was made for the tournament. It is Germany v France in the second of the semi final match ups at the tournament and this should be a fascinating clash. You have France who have tried to play open football over the last couple of years and have a wealth of attacking talent, going up against the slightly more pragmatic Germans who haven’t really flourished all that well in front of goal at Euro 2016.
Even though France have outscored Germany at the tournament, Germany have had more attempts and more shots on target of the two. Germany too have only conceded the one goal all tournament and that was from the penalty spot against Italy in the quarter finals. So they are the machine that keeps on rolling through and in their last competitive match against France, which was in the World Cup 2014 quarter finals, which Die Mannschaft won 1-0. They get things done and with the French playing an open game, it may allow the Germans to sneak in through the back door.
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6th July 2016 / lee - Category: Free Bets & Bonus
Two years ago France and Germany met in the quarter finals of the 2014 World Cup and Germany came out on top with a 1-0 victory. However, the stage may be set for a bit of French revenge in this one as the two nations meet in the semifinals of Euro 2016. Germany will be missing some key players for the semi final match up and they were dragged through an exhausting extra time period against Italy in their quarter final.
France meanwhile were cruising their way past Iceland in their quarter final match up. The French have definitely had the easier route to the final four and so they will be fresher and of course they have the massive home support behind them. They have proven goal scorers up front who are in good form, with Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann likely to trouble the German back line and the French are positioned as favourites to take the win in this match up.
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6th July 2016 / lee - Category: Free Bets & Bonus
It’s hard not to get swept up in the Welsh journey at Euro 2016. Let’s not forget that this is their debut in the tournament and they have defied all odds to make it through to the semi finals. They were outsiders to win their group, which they did and they have been underdogs in their two knockout phase matches as well and have come through those tests. What next for the Dragons as they go into their Euro 2016 semi final clash with Portugal on Wednesday?
One more hurdle for the Welsh to face before landing a spot in the final of a major tournament. That would be a stunning achievement and even more stunning because Wales had won just two of their eight games games preceding the Euros. So they didn’t’ go to France as a team in form at all, but they have thrown the form book out of the window and have grasped this opportunity with both hands. After benefiting from an own goal against Northern Ireland in the round of sixteen, the Welsh turned on the style against Belgium in the quarters.
After having fallen behind in the match early on, Ashley Williams managed to tie things up before half time and frankly Wales looked pretty comfortable and negated a lot of the threat that was there from Belgium, who had hammered Hungary in the previous round. Wales had to dig in to come through a period of sustain Belgian pressure after the break, but then on 55 minutes, Hal Robson-Kanu produced a world class piece of action in the penalty box, turning the entire Belgian defence before slotting home to give Wales the lead. Sam Vokes sealed the deal with a great header five minutes from time.
A lot of what worked for Wales was through Robson-Kanu’s running. He was pulling the Belgian defence all over the place, working tirelessly creating space for teammates. He is a 4/1 poke to score against Portugal, with Vokes in at 3/1 and Gareth Bale running as their shortest priced option at a quote of 7/4. Wales have netted ten goals at the Championships so far and that is after having gone into the Euros with a concern over their scoring threat, after having managed just eleven during their ten Euro 2016 qualification matches.
Wales are a quote of 6/4 to reach the Euro 2016 final (To Qualify) and who would go against them extending their dream a little further? The spirit, the heart, the determination and tactics are there. However, Aaron Ramsey won’t be there in the semi final as he misses out through suspension along with defender Ben Davies. With Ramsey having produced four assists at the Euro’s (a joint high with Eden Hazard) that could be a big blow for the Welsh.
Portugal have muddled their way to the semi finals of Euro 2016. They went through a strange group stage of drawing all three of their games. They were dominant in their opening two draws against Iceland and Austria but couldn’t produce a winning touch. Then they have to come from behind three time in their final group stage match against Hungary to earn a 3-3 which just kept them in the tournament, finishing third in the group behind Hungary and Iceland.
They then had to endure extra time against Croatia in the round of sixteen, where Ricardo Quaresma was the hero of the day three minutes from the end of extra time. That was in a game in which Portugal produced just two shots on target. They were then second best in possession against Poland in the quarter finals, Renato Sanches equalising for them and taking the game to a penalty shootout as both sides shut up shop after the break in the dullest game of the tournament so far without question.
Whereas Wales have looked progressively better throughout the tournament, Portugal have looked as if they have gone backwards. Their attacking displays from the start of the group stage has vanished and they look cautious and more concerned about losing than anything else. Not even Cristiano Ronaldo has managed to raise his game to pull them out of a knockout stage campaign which has lacked any spark. Ronaldo is the anytime goalscorer outright favourite at even money and 3/1 favourite in the First Goalscorer market.
Will Ronaldo outshine his Real Madrid team mate Gareth Bale (7/4 anytime goalscorer) on the day? Portugal haven’t shown that they can match the heart and determination that Wales clearly have in abundance. Portugal are defensive by nature and they may struggle to get a lot of change out of the solid back line that Wales play with. This is a game which could be tight and may well need extra time or more to get settled. The game going under 2.5 goals will return you a price of 4/9 with online betting site Bet365. Portugal do have a degree of resilience, but would you back that over the Welsh team spirit? No. Back Wales To Qualify.
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6th July 2016 / lee - Category: Euro Betting