Tournament’s return from massive 48-hour hiatus to be gripping
After the UEFA schedulers had the audacity to leave us with a whole Wednesday devoid of football, Czech Republic and Portugal have a chance to make amends in the first quarter-final of Euro 2012.
To many this is the least intriguing of the four rather succulent steaks available to feast on in the last eight, but a generous side of goals would help alter that outlook, and there are several reasons to expect precisely that.
These two had the most goal-heavy group-stage games of the eight survivors, averaging three a match over the course, and their collision at the 2008 edition produced a healthy four strikes, divided neatly with two in each half.
Only three of the eight quarter-final encounters at the last two Euros breached the 2.5 goal barrier, dampening expectations that the excitement of the first round will be sustained over the next few days.
However, those three exceptions to the general trend were the ones involving these two teams as Portugal held England 2-2 at Euro 2004 (can’t remember what happened after that…) and lost 2-3 to Germany at Euro 2008, while Czech Republic eased past Denmark 3-0 at this point in Euro 2004.
So with meaty odds of 6/5 begging to be snapped up on Boylesports, The Spoiler is optimistically picking out over 2.5 goals in Warsaw as our first bet of the quarter-finals.