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Birkirkara v Hearts Predictions & Betting Odds – UEFA Europa League

Europa League Betting
Birkirkara v Hearts Betting Preview - UEFA Europa League, 14th July It’s been an early summer start back to competitive football for the those trying to grind their way through the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Europa League. Hearts came through their first test with a 6-3 aggregate win over Tallinna FC but they won’t be too happy with the goals that they conceded against lowly opposition. Still, plenty of time to grow into the new season and they go as favourites here as they take on Maltese side Birkirkara in the second qualifying round of the competition. Just in case no-one manages to net a goal on the night, you can enjoy good 0-0 bore draw insurance on this and all games at online betting site Bet365. Place a pre-match correct score, scorecast or half time/full time bet on the game and if your wager loses because the game ends 0-0 then you will get your lost stake refunded as a free bet from the bookmaker. Register an account with them and earn a 100% matched deposit bonus as a welcome.

Birkirkara v Hearts Betting Tips

Yes, the long road to the main stage of the UEFA Europa League is underway and we are already into the second qualifying round, where we find Hearts set to take on Maltese side Birkirkara, who some may remember from their early exploits in last season’s qualifying. Hearts posted a 6-3 aggregate win over Tallinna FC in the first qualifying round, opening with a tough 2-1 home win, when most probably would have been expecting a little bit more. Then they raced out to a 3-0 half time lead in the second leg before shipping a couple of goals in a 4-2 second leg victory. That was their first games out of the blocks and they will get better but immediately they are going to need to be better defensively than that by a long stretch. Still, from a betting perspective a both teams to score wager at 4/6 will have some appeal in this one. Hearts boss Robbie Neilson will gradually wind more out his players with each 90 minutes of competitive action that passes. They were never really under any pressure from Tallinna in the first qualifying round, they just would have liked to have done a little better because the challenges will get tougher. Thursday night is just going to be about getting something on the board to build on in the second leg back at Tynecastle. Igor Rossi netted a couple of goals in the 4-2 second leg win over Tallinna and Callum Paterson hit the back of the net as well. Those would be decent anytime goalscorer pokes, given it is hard to read form this early. Overall though, this could be a tricky night out in Malta for Hearts. Birkirkara very nearly pulled off a shock in the second qualifying round of the Europa League last season. That is when they bumped into English Premier League side West Ham and earned a 1-1 aggregate draw against the Hammers, but lost out in the penalty shoot out against the London club. But that was a massive boost in confidence for them, and the 1-0 win they took at home against the Hammers and the 3-1 win over Ulisses in last season's first qualifying round are the only victories they have posted in their UEFA Europa League campaigns before. So slow progress for them, but progress nonetheless and it hints at caution needed by Hearts. The game going over 2.5 goals is a quote of 3/4 and a Hearts 2-1 correct score bet is a price of 15/2 which shows that the Scottish CLub may not get things all their own way.

Birkirkara v Hearts Betting Odds

Hearts 8/11, Draw 5/2, Birkirkara 3/1

Birkirkara v Hearts Predictions

It will be interesting to see what Birkirkara can come up with this time around. They will put all their stock in a home win in this one so that they can defend the second leg. It may be worth having a flutter on both teams is score in this one because Hearts did produce in front of goal in the last round. Settle for the draw in the outright though. Find the latest results, League Table, Top Scorer and more on our football statistics on online-betting.me.uk (just choose your country & your preferred topic)
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Euro 2016 Final Betting Odds & Prediction

Portugal v France Euro 2016
The stage is set for Saint-Denis on Sunday, July 10th for Portugal v France Euro 2016 Final Betting. The match outright market is pretty clean is siding with the French at a quote of 21/20 as favourites, with the draw at 11/5 and Portugal out at 7/2 underdogs. If this wasn’t a final, which is likely to be cagey, then France would probably be a fair shorter price and deservedly so. But that means that there is some nice value on them to go out and put the win on the board in the Final, but that is of course, just one of many betting options that you can be looking at for the big showcase match to draw the tournament to a close. France topped their group in the first round and then have won all of their knockout stage matches in 90 minutes. That’s a stark contrast to Portugal's progress who drew each of their three group stage matches against weaker opposition it should be noted, and then needed extra time to edge past Croatia and then a penalty shootout against Poland in the quarter finals. That means that they only game they have won in the Championships so far is a 2-0 victory over a lacklustre Wales in the semi finals. With France having won five of their six matches, then you can see where the favouritism is and why. France have gone out and averaged over two goals per game at the tournament as well, whereas Portugal have scored just the eight goals in total and three of those were in one match. So France have the scoring fluidity to pack that extra punch to make a breakthrough in the match. Portugal's main man Cristiano Ronaldo has shown very patchy form through the entire tournament and he clearly hasn’t been at his best for one reason or another. Portugal v France Euro 2016 Infographic Maybe that is a lack in his own fitness a bit at the moment, or him not being able to lift what is at the core, a very average Portugal side. But as much as you can point fingers at Portugal for a lack of style, there is something about them which does need applauding and that is their resilience. They have survived and at times have only done just enough to survive as well. But they have survived and that’s the point and that has to speak to something. Maybe with an easier semi final battle and an extra day of rest compared to France’s progress from the final four, Portugal can take advantage of that? But France are a team in form right now, they look confident of their own ability to get through whatever is thrown at them. They have had to rely on moments of individual brilliance here and there, but no more than Portugal have done. France just have more attacking options and have a far superior midfield corp to that of Portugal. France also boss the head to head against the Portuguese as well, not only having won the last ten in a row against them, but also taking an overall W18 D1 L5 record against them. That’s very strong. They have scoring threats though Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet and Olivier Giroud and they have averaged over two goals per game at Euro 2016. They have survived the different test which have been thrown at them during the Championships and that versatility is likely to serve them well against a Portugal side who will likely set up to contain them. France to win to nil in the match is a price of 7/4 France have won the European Championship twice before in their history, converting on both occasions that they have gotten there, including on home soil in 1984. As for Portugal, they missed their one previous shot at success when they went to the final of Euro 2004 on home soil and lost against Greece. With just the two goals scored in their last six games against France, the Portuguese may need a tremendously special effort from Ronaldo to get close to France, but ultimately they may just come up short regardless. There is a great promotion available at online betting site Paddy Power for the Euro 2016 Final and it focuses on the scoring threat of Antoine Griezmann who has scored five goals in his last three games for his country. Go and open a new account with the bookmaker and take a big 8/1 enhanced odds offer on Griezmann to score at anytime in the match. There is maximum of a £10 stake on the offer, which is a new customer exclusive, so follow our links to take advantage of the great offer.
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Portugal v France Predictions & Betting Odds – Euro 2016

Portugal v France Euro 2016
Portugal v France Betting Preview - Euro 2016, 10th June There has been no stopping France then. The host nation, after some sticky moments early on in the tournament, have grown stronger and stronger and now they can hit their peak in the final against Portugal on Sunday. The French have a fantastic head to head record against Portugal, who haven’t been an expressive side at the tournament so far. With the big home support behind them, will France march on to succeed as they did in the Euro 84 final when they downed Spain to win the title for the first time? It could be deja vu in Paris on Sunday. There is a great offer running at online betting site Coral for your Portugal v France betting. New customers opening an account with them can take advantage of a great welcome bonus offer where you can take France to Win (90 Minutes) at a massive 10/1 price boost. The maximum bet is 5 on the offer and there is insurance on the bet as well because if it loses then you will get 5 in free bets back on the account. This is open to new customers only who follow our links and register an account with them. Portugal v France Euro 2016 Infographic

Portugal v France Betting Tips

As much as you could sit back and criticise Portugal for their lack of style, their substance has gotten them through this far. They are resilient to say the least and they are on a 13 match unbeaten streak at the moment. That’s not to be sniffed at. They have drawn five of their six Euro 2016 matches over 90 minutes, which isn’t impressive at all given the easy group that they were drawn in. They have flattered to deceive a lot of the time and needed the scare of a penalty shoot out to get through their quarter final tussle with Poland. Portugal have netted eight times at Euro 2016 compared to the thirteen returned by France. Three of Portugal’s goals came in the one match as well, the draw with Hungary in the group stage. Cristiano Ronaldo has fluttered in and out of the tournament and he has scored three goals and he is up at 9/2 in the first goalscorer market for the Euro 2016 Final. Portugal have never failed to make it to at least the quarter finals of their seven European Championship appearances now, which is a fantastic record. This will be their second appearance in the final of the competition as they reached the Euro 2004 Finals on home soil, but then lost surprisingly to Greece in a major upset. They face a much tougher opponent in the final this time around though and they are going off as underdogs. Their head to head record against France is poor and they have lost the last ten in a row against Les Bleus. Overall Portugal have a W5 D1 L18 record against France in history and they have met twice before in the European Championships and have come out on the losing end. The last time they met was in a friendly last year, which France won 1-0. Portugal have failed to score in four of their last six against France. You can take the option of under 2.5 goals on the Euro 2016 Final at a quote of 4/9 and there are some tempting shots in the Correct Score market as well with France 1-0 at 9/2 with a 1-1 draw close at 5/1. France but in a  lot of good defensive work against Germany which will have punters thinking that they can keep Portugal off the scoresheet, but if you fancy both sides to net in the game then Both Teams To Score is a 6/5 shot. But France have conceded just the two goals in their last six games against Portugal and that has left France at 15/8 to win to nil and they are even money to earn a clean sheet in the 90 minutes. During the Championships we have seen France win games without getting into top gear, destroy Iceland and dig in defensively against Germany. That says a lot about them, that they have progressed no matter what has been thrown at them. That’s why they are favourites to win the Final. Antoine Griezmann was on target twice in France’s 2-0 semi final win over Germany. That’s five in his last three Euro 2016 games and six overall for the Championships. It’s been a brilliant return from him and he is a 7/4 anytime goalscorer option for the game with Olivier Giroud a price of 7/4 to score, with the talent of Dimitri Payet putting him at 13/5. France have averaged over two goals per game at Euro 2016 so far and that is the scoring power which should get them pretty close to the title on Sunday. Back in 1984 they lifted the title on home soil for their first ever European Championship success. Can they repeat?

Portugal v France Betting Odds

France 21/20, Draw 11/5, Portugal 7/2

Portugal v France Predictions

Portugal have looked nothing better than average for the tournament and they have ridden their luck at times. It hasn’t been impressive stuff from them at all at any point in the championships and France just have the tools to unlock them. France are fluid and have more options going forward than the Portuguese do and while France were on the backfoot for so long against Germany, the strength they showed to win through that will have them in high confidence. France to win.
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William Hill offer 3/1 odds on Griezmann to score and France to win

William Hill
It has been some run of goalscoring form from Antoine Griezmann at Euro 2016. He has caught fire, netting five goals through three knockout stage matches and it was his brace that knocked out Germany as France toppled the reigning World Champions 2-0 on Thursday. So now the French are back in the final of a European Championship on their home soil. This happened back in 1984 when the French beat Spain in the showcase match to win the title for the first time. France have proven that they have goals in them having fired off nine goals in their three knockout stage matches so far. Can they produce when it matters most now in the final on Sunday when they take on the pragmatic and conservative Portugal? Griezmann, the star of the French show, could be the one to make the precious breakthrough for Les Bleus in the Final? France have beaten Portugal in the last five meetings and with the form of Griezmann this may be a good chance to stock up on huge enhanced odds offer from William Hill. Go and open an account with online betting site William Hill and take a 3/1 enhanced odds price on Antoine Griezmann to score and France to win in 90 minutes! This is a new customer exclusive only so register an account with William Hill and enjoy the available price boost!
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Netbet offer France 5/1 or Portugal 13/1 odds to win Euro 2016 Final

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Well, after a long month of top international football, it has all come down to this. A showdown between Portugal and host nation France to win the title. The big match is on Sunday, July 10th from Saint-Denis and all eyes will be on the match, wondering if France can make a repeat of their 1984 feat when they won the Championship on home soil. The stars may well be aligning for them after having received a comfortable draw through the tournament and then when they were faced with a tough match, they showed up and beat World Championship Germany. So can Portugal, who have drawn five of their six matches at the tournament over 90 minutes, find enough to beat out the positive French? It’s a big ask of Cristiano Ronaldo and co who came through a semi final against underdogs Wales. The Portuguese aren’t likely to have impressed a lot of people and they are a defensive side by nature. But can they call on the likes of Ronaldo and Nani for that spark of inspiration that would shatter France’s dreams? Register an account with online betting site NetBet and take either Portugal to win at 14.0 or France to win at 6.0 in the Final. Just go and register an account with the code BEST ODDS and then place a single pre-match bet on Portugal or France to win in the 1x2 FT Market. The first 5 of your stake will be used for the enhanced odds. So if the bet wins then you will be paid out in cash at the regular odds and then receive a free bet to top you up to the enhanced odds offer that you chose!
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Coral offer 10/1 enhanced odds on France to win Euro 2016 Final

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Back in 1984 France won the European Championships on home soil. Now they are aligned to repeat the feat as they take on Portugal in the Euro 2016 Final on Sunday. What a cracking day in Paris it should be with the French having made it through to the showcase match. They will be running high on confidence after having taken out World Champions Germany in the last round and they have the head to head form running over the Portuguese as well, having beaten them in each of their last four meetings. So France are in pole position to take the title and they have Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann who have shown up so well for them up front during the tournament. Griezmann is set to win the Golden Boot with six goals to his name at the Championships and he is likely to be named Player of the Tournament as well. So this has been a real high for France and with that win over Germany in the bag now, there may be no stopping them. Register an account with online bookmaker Coral and take 10/1 enhanced odds on France to win (90 minutes). This is a new customer exclusive offer only so you have to go and register an account with them and you can do that by following our links. Once you have signed yourself up, Place your FIRST real money bet as a win single £5 on ‘France to Win (90 mins) 10/1’. If your bet wins then you will be paid out in cash at the regular odds on the site and then have your account topped up with free bets to reflect the enhanced odds price. If the bet loses then you will receive £5 in free bets back.
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Paddy Power offer 8/1 on Griezmann to score anytime in Euro 2016 final

Paddy Power
Antoine Griezmann looks to be a shoo-in for the Euro 2016 Golden Boot. He has come to life in the knockout stages of the tournament and is clear leader to finish top scorer at the tournament now with a six goal haul to his name, three clear of his nearest rivals Olivier Giroud, Dimitri Payet, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani. Those are the only active players in the tournament now who could catch him. It’s unlikely that any of them will, and Griezmann has looked so sharp that he is the man of the hour and favourite to hit the back of the net when France take on Portugal in the Euro 2016 Final on Sunday. The French go into the game as favourites having beaten World Champions Germany in the semi finals and they have won their last four meetings with Portugal. Will Antoine Griezmann, who is flourishing with his partnership with Olivier Giroud, be the one to fire France to glory? Register an account with Paddy Power and take Griezmann to score at anytime for 8/1 enhanced odds. To get your hands on this wonderful price boost on offer for the Euro 2016 final from Paddy Power, just go and register an account with them. You can follow our links to do that and once you have signed up, place a FIRST BET up to a maximum of £10 on Griezmann to score anytime (90 Minutes Only). This promotion is live until 20:00 on Sunday July 10th and if the bet wins you will be paid in cash at the regular price and then get free bets to bring you up to the 8/1 cumulative payout!
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NetBet offer Germany at 10/1 or France at 9/1 enhanced odds

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There is a great enhanced offer available at Netbet for the Euro 2016 semi final match of Germany v France. Waiting for the winner of this match in the final will be Portugal, who beat out Wales in their semi final clash on Wednesday. With Portugal looking decidedly average, the winner of this one will go into the final as outright favourites to win that final on Sunday, July 10th. France and Germany met in the quarter finals of the 2014 World Cup and Germany won that one 1-0 thanks to a goal by Mats Hummel. The Germans though will be missing the defender through suspension and with injuries hitting them in the last week, they won’t be at full strength for their contest against Les Bleus on Thursday. But they are the reigning world champions and know how to grind their way through tournaments. France play an open style of game and there could be chances for Germany. France will have their backers because of the way they tore apart Iceland in the last round. The French have had a pretty easy route to the semi finals, and they should be the fresher of the two because of having faced less stern challenges and because Germany needed extra time in the last round. France have been scoring well through Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet and Olivier Giroud. Will they be able to break through the mean Germany defence? Back Germany at 10/1 or France at 9/1 enhanced odds to win the Euro 2016 semi final clash. Just go and register an account with NetBet and use the bonus code BEST ODDS to sign up with. Then place a single pre-match wager on Germany or france to win in the 1x2 FT Market and the first £5 of your stake will be used for the enhanced odds. So if the bet wins you will get paid at the regular odds on site and then the rest of the amount will be paid out in free bets to reflect the enhanced odds offer.
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William Hill offer 5/1 enhanced odds on Muller to score and Germany to win

William Hill
Thomas Muller, one of the greatest forward players in the world, but strangely has failed to record a goal during his career at a European Championship. But this is a man who has top scored at a World Cup and has churned out prolific scoring season after prolific scoring season for Bayern Munich. He will be the focal point of Germany’s attack on Thursday when Die Mannschaft take on France for a place in the final against Portugal. Just two years ago when Germany met France in a high profile clash in the quarter finals of the 2014 World Cup, it was Germany who came out on top with a 1-0 win. Germany have proven quality at this level of course, going on to win the 2014 World Cup and now they have the European Championships in sight as well. They remain unbeaten in this summer’s competition and have conceded just the one goal on their way to the semi finals, that being a penalty kick by Italy in the quarter finals. The Germans know tournament football probably better than any side in the world. Will they take their chance to burst the bubble of the host nation, against whom, they have never lost a significant tournament match against? Register an account with William Hill and take 5/1 enhanced odds on Thomas Muller to score and Germany to win. This is a new customer exclusive only so register an account with William Hill and enjoy the available price boost!
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Coral offer 10/1 odds on France to qualify

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Portugal will be waiting for the winner of Germany v France in the final of Euro 2016. Which will it be? The Germans have been struck with some selection problems, notably losing Sami Khedira from the middle and Mats Hummels at the back. With them having other injury concerns as well, Die Mannschaft aren’t going to be at full strength for their semi final clash with the French. So it looks as if this may be a great opportunity for the host nation to strike. France had something of a slow start to the tournament, but they exploded into life in their quarter final win over Iceland, really showing their confidence and ability. They have strikers in form with Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann in the hunt for the Golden Boot and they have the pace and flair to create chances against a Germany side who had to come through extra time in their quarter final match up against a tough Italy side. France’s passage has seen them exert a lot less energy and that could be telling. Register an account with Coral and take 10/1 odds on France to qualify for the Euro 2016 final. To enjoy this new customer exclusive, follow our links to open an account with Paddy Power and then get some funds in there. After registering an account with them, place your FIRST real money bet as a win single £5 on ‘France to qualify 10/1’. If the bet wins you will be paid out at the regular price and then get free bets to top you up to the enhanced odds offer. If the bet loses then Coral will give you £5 in free bets back.
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