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Euro 2012 Quarterfinals: Czech Republic vs. Portugal Tips, Predictions, & Picks

Euro 2012 Czech Republic vs. Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo Goal To Make Difference: The first match on the Euro 2012 quarterfinals schedule kicks off on Thursday night at National Stadium, where the Czech Republic look to pull off the upset of Portugal. These two teams both know that they are relatively lucky to be in this position, yet both now all of a sudden think that they should be amongst the favorites on the Euro 2012 betting lines. Join us for our Euro Cup picks for the Czech Republic vs. Portugal fixture on Thursday!

Losing the first match in the group stages often leads to disaster, but both the Portuguese and the Czechs were defeated to start this tournament. One of the two will be in the semifinals of this clash, and the possibility is there as well that the team that the winner of this one will be going against will be France, another team that was defeated in one of its matches in the group stage. Of course, what could be waiting instead is Spain, the defending Euro 2012 and World Cup champions. Both of these teams are in good shape of late though, as each took six points from their final two matches in the group stage.

Czech Republic vs. Portugal Schedule and Match Information
Czech Republic vs. Portugal Match Date/Time: Thursday, June 21st, 2:45 p.m. (ET)
Czech Republic vs. Portugal Stadium: National Stadium
Czech Republic vs. Portugal on TV: ESPN, ESPN3.com, ESPN Deportes
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Czech Republic vs. Portugal Match Odds: Portugal -0.5 (-130)
Czech Republic vs. Portugal Betting Line Total: 2.5 (Over +105)

It was a rough first match and change in this tournament for the great Cristiano Ronaldo, but now, he is back in the fold for the Euro 2012 Golden Boot. He scored twice against the Netherlands in what proved to be the pivotal match in the Group of Death in Group B, and that sent the Portuguese from the outhouse to the penthouse and the quarterfinals of Euro 2012. There were five goals scored by Portugal in the opening stage of this tournament. Helder Postiga and Silvestre Varela were both goal scorers as well along the way, and the two have both played some crucial minutes for their country. Nani has been one of the top midfielders for this side, but there have been some struggles in the center of the pitch. In the back, Portugal has been solid, though not nearly the most outstanding team in the tournament. Rui Patricio has allowed four goals thus far in the Euro Cup, though we must admit that that isn’t all that shocking against what proved to be a very, very tough group.

There was a time that the Czech Republic was looked upon as potentially the worst team in this tournament. After all, Russia crushed the Czechs 4-1 in just the second match of this tourney, and the latter were written off as a result. Petr Cech really struggled against the Russians, allowing four goals, many of which could have been stopped in his better days. However, he really bounced back, allowing just one goal in his last two matches. The midfield for the Czechs has been simply awesome over the course of these last two Euro 2012 fixtures. Vaclav Pilar has two goals, and Petr Jiracek also has a pair of strikes. Up front, Milan Baros has been a bit quiet, but he has largely been by himself at the front of the pitch. The question in this match is going to be whether the Czech Republic captain, Tomas Rosicky is going to be able to get back in the fold. He missed what turned out to be the decisive 1-0 victory over Poland almost a week ago with an Achilles injury. Rosicky is up in the air for this one, but we tend to believe that he is going to be on the field either as a starter or a sub when push comes to shove.

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Czech Republic vs. Portugal Match Preview & Analysis: This is where the rubber meets the road for the Czechs. They did make it through the group stage, but there is a big difference between the teams on the slate in Group A and the one that is going to be on the other side of the field this time around. Portugal is one of the Top 15 teams in the world, and the only other time that the Czech Republic has met a team ranked in the Top 15 in this tournament, it was beaten 4-1. Yes, the Czechs are playing well now, but Ronaldo, Nani, and the likes are clearly going to be the best players on the pitch in this one. Don’t be all that shocked if Ronaldo bags a third goal in his last two matches, and if that turns out to be the difference maker in the first quarterfinal clash.

Czech Republic vs. Portugal Punting Tip: Portugal -0.5 (-130) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

Czech Republic vs. Portugal Score Prediction: Czech Republic 0 – Portugal 1

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