Croatia vs Portugal 6/25/16: Euro 2016 Preview and Predictions
Croatia (2-1-0) vs Portugal (0-3-0)
Saturday 25th June 2016 15:00 (ET)
Croatia +163; Draw +210; Portugal +210 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN; RTE; ITV; TSN
Croatia and Portugal meet up in France on Saturday afternoon in a highly anticipated knockout stage matchup that perhaps has the most polarizing opinions on the expected victor.
Croatia head into the knockout stage as a group winner and as a reward for their success they get one of the world;s top nations that has underachieved thus far and will be fired up to prove they belong in the final 16 of this tournament. Croatia has yet to lose as they won two of their three round robin fixtures and netted a draw in their other in what should have been a third victory if not for a late collapse. Croatia will have to start quickly against Portugal who again haven’t been great as these drew all three of their round robin games including a 3-3 tie against Hungary to finish off but they did enough to get into the round of 16 and after what we can assume is their lowest quality of play behind them they could be a tough team to beat moving forward. Luka Modric will be the game breaker for Croatia and it will be he against Cristiano Ronaldo for what should be an exciting 90+ minutes with a spot in the quarter final on the line.
Portugal have been the centre of this tournament when it comes to underachieving as they were pegged to cruise through a division that included Iceland, Hungary, and Austria but as mentioned they couldn’t find a way to win in any of them. Portugal will live and die by the play of Ronaldo here but they do have some other options as well as Quaresma has been excellent so far and delivered service on Ronaldo’s flick against Hungary and if the two of them stay on the same page here they could very well force Croatia’s hand early and put them in unfamiliar territory. This is going to be an incredible game to watch and while it pains me to say I think Portugal could finally get the break through they have been waiting for all tournament long which will put an end to Croatia’s very successful tournament.