Portugal and Austria will both be looking to bounce back from disappointing results in their opening matches of Euro 2016 when they go head-to-head at the Parc des Princes on Saturday.
Group F was blown wide open after the opening set of fixtures on Tuesday, with group favourites Portugal being held to a 1-1 draw by tournament debutantes Iceland, while Austria, who have been tipped by many to do well in the competition, were surprisingly beaten 2-0 by Hungary.
Those results mean the group is poised nicely ahead of Saturday’s clash in Paris, with both sides looking to recapture the form that saw them qualify for the finals with relative ease.
Portugal finished top of qualifying Group I, seven points clear of nearest challengers Albania, after winning seven of their eight matches during the process, with Cristiano Ronaldo topping the group scoring charts with five goals.
Ronaldo struggled during the opening match of the tournament, as he became frustrated by the tight marking of the Icelandic defence, but he will once again be Portugal’s main threat on Saturday, and he is available at 5/4 to score anytime during the match.
Austria also qualified for the finals in impressive fashion, winning nine and drawing one of their 10 matches during qualification, to finish well clear of rivals Russia and Sweden in what on paper looked a tough group.
The likes of David Alaba, Marc Janko and Marko Arnautovic were influential during qualifying, but their poor result against the Hungarians did not come as a complete surprise, as they have now lost four of their six matches since the qualification process.
The recent head-to-head record between the two nations points to a tight affair, with three of the last four meetings between the pair ending in a 1-1 draw, with the only exception being when Luis Figo scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory for Portugal in 1994.
With so much at stake going into Saturday’s match, it is likely that the contest will be a close battle once again, with another 1-1 scoreline between the pair available at 6/1.