Soccer Picks: Ronaldo & the Portuguese Looking to Secure First Spot in Group I vs. Denmark

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 8:32 PM GMT

The two top teams in Group I will meet up in Portugal on Thursday, and we're here to examine the soccer odds and come up with the winning play. Let's get to it.

Odds Overview
The Portuguese are favored in the -135 to -145 range on the soccer odds board to pick up the win and all three points, a victory which would assure them of the top spot in Group I.

If you think Denmark is the soccer pick, you can back them at anywhere from +375 to +500 to get it done away from home. A draw's also available in a wide range starting at +250 and going up to +275 at some sportsbooks.

 

Portugal
Through six matches so far in the group, Portugal has picked up five wins and one defeat, to go with a goal differential of +4 (eight goals for, four against). It hasn't been the most dominating campaign so far, but the Portuguese still find themselves on top of Group I.

Since a shocking 1-0 loss to Albania to open group play, Portugal has recorded five straight wins, with the highlight coming away from in a 1-0 victory over these Danes. Will they make it a clean sweep, this time at home?

 

Denmark
The Danes are currently in second place in the group with 12 points earned through seven matches, but they're only one point up on Albania, who also have a match in hand.

This will, therefore, be Denmark's last match of the group. On an individual level, Nicklas Bendtner leads the way with three qualifying goals so far.

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ECQ Pick
Though the Danes are unbeaten over their previous three qualifying matches, we see them falling short against Portugal this Thursday.

With the top spot in the group and thus a more favorable starting position in the next round of the competition, you know Ronaldo and company are going to come out with a focused effort at home. And, with the form the Real Madrid star has been in, it's going to be hard to go against them in this spot. He's already scored five times in group play and should be adding to that tally in leading Portugal to a narrow victory.

Predicted Final Score: Portugal 2 Denmark 1 

Soccer Pick: Portugal -135 at 5Dimes

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