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STAR PREVIEW: England v Portugal

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s the Euros get closer, the friendlies seem to take on considerable LESS importance for me.

Whilst a win is always good for momentum heading into a major tournament, the truth is that no team are going to be busting a gut to win or, more importantly, want to risk injury with their French trip about to start.

Add into the mix managers experimenting with new ideas and it’s a pretty awful concoction for punters to get their heads around.

Certainly some of the international friendly results over the past few days have defied any kind of logic.

If that sounds like a disclaimer heading into tonight’s England v Portugal match at Wembley…. I’m afraid it’s meant to be. I can see this ending up 0-0 or 3-3 !!!

It’s the final warm-up game for both sides with England set to travel to their Euro 2016 base in Chantilly on Monday.

For Portugal Ronaldo is missing tonight but that’s not connecting Portugal’s coach Fernando Santos who said: “I don’t understand why we always have to talk about Ronaldo. I’m not in the least bit worried about him. He’ll be here next week with the goal of helping Portugal have a great Euro 2016. The rest is just journalist talk.”

England v Portugal
International Friendly
19:45 ITV

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
Jul 2006 WORLD CUP England 0-0 Portugal
Jun 2004 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS Portugal 2-2 England
Feb 2004 INTERNATIONAL Portugal 1-1 England
Sep 2002 INTERNATIONAL England 1-1 Portugal
Jun 2000 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS Portugal 3-2 England
Apr 1998 INTERNATIONAL England 3-0 Portugal
Dec 1995 INTERNATIONAL England 1-1 Portugal
Jun 1986 WORLD CUP England 0-1 Portugal
Nov 1975 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS Portugal 1-1 England
Nov 1974 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS England 0-0 Portugal

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Portugal arrive in reasonable form having beaten Norway on Sunday when they were also without Ronaldo.

It’s got draw written all over it for me. Just not sure whether it’s a 0-0 or 3-3 so will stick with just backing the draw at 11/5.

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