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Cristiano Ronaldo may well score, but we're backing him to lose his temper

Paul Higham is backing Cristiano Ronaldo, but not in the usual way, in his 9/2 Bet Builder for Portugal's Euro qualifier in Slovakia...


The top two in Group J meet in Bratislava with hosts Slovakia two points behind visiting Portugal - who have won four out of four to start qualifying.

Portugal haven't even conceded a goal yet, which is still a decent effort even considering the pretty poor opposition they've been facing.

And Slovakia may not even offer that much of a goal threat if recent results are anything to go by - with a 0-0 home draw against Luxembourg hardly putting any fear into the visitors.

The hosts will more likely sit back and try and be hard to break down, and with Portugal big favourites where can we find any hint of value?

Leg 1: Portugal win to nil

Portugal have won the last four games without conceding and in fact they've not let a goal in since Roberto Martinez took charge.

A Slovakia side with five goals in four games against pretty ropey opposition doesn't say much - and they'll not be going out to attack the visitors from the off either.

Portugal will dominate the ball as Slovkia know a draw would be a great result as they look to claim the second qualification spot.

Considering that, a Portugal win to nil at 6/52.20 looks the best way to go.

Leg 2: Cristiano Ronaldo 2+ fouls

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored five goals in four qualifiers and is unsurprisingly ripping up the Saudi League with six goals and four assists in his last four appearances for Al Nassr.

Portugal's main man is odds-on to score again here but I think we can do better by backing him to give away 2+ fouls at 6/42.50.

The crowd in Bratislava will be on his back and Slovkia will no doubt key in on him to try and shut down Portugal's main threat.

Interestingly he's been booked in Portugal's last two away games and given away five fouls so it shows that even at his age with his experience he's still reasonably thin skinned and temperamental.

Back Portugal win to nil & Ronaldo 2+ fouls @ 9/25.50

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