Poland vs Portugal 6/30/16: Euro 2016 Preview and Predictions
Poland (3-1-0) vs Portugal (1-3-0)
Thursday 30th June 2016 15:00 (ET)
Poland +300; Draw +200; Portugal +125 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN; RTE; ITV; TSN
Poland and Portugal meet up in the first Euro 2016 Quarter Final matchup in France on Thursday afternoon.
Poland head into the final eight at a major tournament for the first time after outlasting Switzerland in penalty kicks in the round of 16 and now they have the unenviable task of facing off against a Portuguese side that still hasn’t reached their potential but are still alive to speak about it. Poland had been a defensive fortress in this tournament and conceded their first goal of the tournament on a wonder strike from Xherdan Shaqiri and if they’re going to survive and move on to the semi-finals they will need to keep Cristiano Ronaldo and the Portugal attack in check. Poland hasn’t had a great tournament from Robert Lewandowski who many expected to compete for the Golden Boot but what a stage for him to break out as Portugal have been susceptible to conceding and gave up three to a much less talented Hungarian side.
Portugal meanwhile has yet to lose in this tournament but found just their first win of the tournament in the quarterfinals against Croatia who many had pegged to not only defeat the Portuguese but to advance out of the bracket and into the Euro final. However, Portugal held strong in the defensive zone and got a goal in extra time that held up as the difference and now they have been given another glimmer of hope with a favourable show down against Poland. Portugal’s underwhelming pool play could be a blessing in disguise as they avoided the likes of France, Germany, England, Spain, and Italy in a potential round of 16 matchup and now they are on track to match up with the offensive juggernaut from Belgium in a semi-final show down if they can squeak out a win against Poland. I am not sold on this Portuguese side but they played a lot better against a strong Croatian side than the Polish did against Switzerland and while this could come down to PK’s I think otherwise as Portugal should have enough to get it done.