England v Portugal: Freescoring Lionesses to make it three from three

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England’s Women are all but through to the quarter-finals of the European Championships, and we expect the Lionesses to continue their fine run of form against Portugal.

Mark Sampson’s side only need to draw against the third placed side in their final group game to ensure qualification.

And they might not even have to do that.

A 6-0 victory over Scotland and 2-0 success against Spain have made life easy for the Lionesses, who are now temptingly priced at 7/2 to bring the trophy home.

With those bumper scorelines in mind, we also like England with a -2 handicap at 29/20.

Those victories have also provided a showcase for striker Jodie Taylor.

The Arsenal star has lit up the tournament in the Netherlands, with a hat-trick in the opening game and another strike against Spain propelling her to the top of the scoring charts.

We make her 14/5 to open the scoring for the second time this tournament.

If you like something a little more ambitious, we’re touting the prolific forward at 10/1 to get her second hat-trick of the competition.

Portugal, on the other hand, have to win.

With Spain likely to beat Scotland in the other match in Group D, it’s crucial that the Portuguese not only match La Roja’s result, but better it.

That means Francisco Neto’s side will have to go all out attack in order to overtake their Mediterranean rivals on goal difference and clinch 2ndspot.

On that basis – and against a freescoring England side – it could be a goalfest. For that reason the 20/1 on Both Teams to Score in Both Halves looks somewhat overpriced.

As for the match markets, against an unfancied Portugal side in their first ever Euros campaign, our ladies should have no trouble picking up another three point haul.

We make them 1/6 to do the business once again, with the draw at 5/1 and a Portugal victory at 5/1.

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the University of East Anglia where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper Concrete. He also supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Other passions include darts, cricket, speedway and horse racing.