Portugal aim to shake off their confused state of mind to get their EURO 2016 qualification campaign back on track in time for the match against Armenia. The hosts’ horrible World Cup form translated into a surprising defeat against Albania, which saw the repercussions of having Paulo Bento resign from his managerial job. Fernando Santo took over, and his aim of giving the team an identity seems to be working as Portugal mounted a last-minute comeback to win against Denmark.
Armenia are placed last in group I with one point from the draw against Serbia, and see the away game against Portugal as a sense of redemption. Just as Portugal has Ronaldo to lead them on, Armenia has Borussia Dortmund’s Mkhitaryan to look to for goals and leadership. Armenia was the better side in the match against Serbia and Arzumanyan gave them the lead only to have Pizzelli miss a penalty that would have closed the game.
They are aiming for a shock against the Portuguese team, and have enough power to surprise them on counter attacks. The hosts see Postiga back in the squad; while Atletico Madrid’s Tiago received his first international call up. However, the big news is that Jose Bosingwa returns to Portugal team after a four years absence which could not be more welcomed by the fans.
Portugal are placed on the third place but is one point away from the leaders of the group, and considering their record against Armenia, another win is in the cards, with original Bet365 account via betting broker offering them 1.20 odds to win. Armenia got 17.00 odds to win and a draw has 7.50 odds. Portugal for both halves has 1.53 odds, Armenia 41.00 and over 2.5 goals has 1.65 odds. Cristiano has 1.44 odds to score, Postiga 2.25 and Nani 2.75, while for Armenia Pizzelli has 8.50 odds to score anytime, Movsisyan 7.50, and if Mkhitaryan ends up having a better finish touch than he has at Dortmund Bet365 gives him 8.50 odds to score anytime. We are betting 7 units on both teams to score at 2.75 odds with the same bookie.