Netherlands face Portugal in their last group match and can surprisingly still qualify for the quarter-finals even after losing both their fixtures thus far. The Orange are slighlty favourites at 2.70 with Unibet, Portugal is available at 2.88 with bet365 while the draw is backable at 3.50 with Ladbrokes. Find here a complete betting preview, probable lineups, team news, best odds, betting promotions and free predictions about Portugal v Netherlands!
PORTUGAL v NETHERLANDS: MATCH PREVIEWPortugal edged Denmark 3-2 in their second match thanks to a Varela goal in the 87th marker, while Pepe and Helder Postiga scored in the first half to put Portugal up by two goals. However, the defense struggled to keep their concentration and captain Cristiano Ronaldo missed a couple of late chances.
A draw isn’t enough for Portugal as a surprise win by Denmark would send them out, so they simply need to not lose and match or better the Danes result to take their place in the final 8.
The Portuguese are expected to retain their starting lineup, with Helder Postiga being the main striker. Although Nani was thought of as being struggling with an injury he did play against Denmark and quite well too.
Wednesday's 2-1 defeat to Germany left Bert van Marwijk's team needing to beat the Seleccao on Sunday and then rely on results elsewhere. If Joachim Low's side fail to win against Denmark, Netherlands will be eliminated regardless of their own result having lost both of their games so far.
The Dutch team got their tournament off to the worst possible start when going down in a 0-1 shock loss to unfancied Denmark, despite have a huge 29 shots in the match The problem for the Dutch was that the accuracy was sorely missing and only 20% of those efforts were on target. Although on paper Holland do benefit from the best attacking potential at the Euro 2012 tournament, with both the Bundesliga’s and the Premier League’s top scorers in their squad, along with such attacking-minded players like Sneijder, Robben and van der Vaart, they have been very unfruitful in attack.
Mathijsen has recovered but he was not very effective in keeping at bay the Germans in the last outing. His teammate in defence, youngster Willems, fared worse and van Marwijk may be thinking about a replacement for the left-back. The ineffective Afellay may make way for Vice-captain Van der Vaart.
The Dutch defence has certainly not been at it’s best this tournament and Portugal have got enough trickery up front to really give the back four another tough 90 minutes. The frustrated Dutch may take it all out against Portugal but Ronaldo is equally annoyed with his latest displays. This can be an opportunity for redeeming themselves.
PORTUGAL v NETHERLANDS: PROBABLE LINEUPSNetherlands (4-2-3-1): Stekelenburg, Van der Wiel, Heitinga, Mathijsen/Ron Vlaar, Willems, Van Bommel, N. De Jong, Sneijder, Robben, Van Persie/Huntelaar, Afellay/Van der Vaart
Portugal (4-3-3): Rui Patrício, João Pereira, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Fábio Coentrão, Miguel Veloso, Raul Meireles, João Moutinho, Nani, Hélder Postiga, Cristiano Ronaldo
PORTUGAL v NETHERLANDS: TEAM FORMPortugal
Jun 13, 2012 Denmark 2 - Portugal 3 EC
Jun 9, 2012 Germany 1 - Portugal 0 EC
Jun 2, 2012 Portugal 1 - Turkey 3 FR
May 26, 2012 Portugal 0 - Macedonia FYR 0 FR
Feb 29, 2012 Poland 0 - Portugal 0 FR
Jun 13, 2012 Netherlands 1 - Germany 2 EC
Jun 9, 2012 Netherlands 0 - Denmark 1 EC
Jun 2, 2012 Netherlands 6 - N. Ireland 0 FR
May 30, 2012 Netherlands 2 - Slovakia 0 FR
May 26, 2012 Netherlands 1 - Bulgaria 2 FR
PORTUGAL v NETHERLANDS: BEST ODDS
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PORTUGAL v NETHERLANDS: MATCH PREDICTIONSPortugal/Draw Double Chance @ 1.55
2:2 Correct score @ 15.00
Over 2,5 goals @ 1.80
Huntelaar anytime goalscorer @ 3.40
PORTUGAL v NETHERLANDS: BETTING PROMOTIONS
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