Portugal vs Netherlands betting tips: Nations League Final preview & predictions

Portugal vs Netherlands prediction: Portugal 2-1 Netherlands

The showpiece final of the UEFA Nations League will be contested by Portugal and Netherlands.

In midweek, both sides won dramatic semi-finals to get through to this match.

Will it be the host nation or the competition’s surprise package who are lifting the trophy at the Estádio do Dragão?

Memphis Depay

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – NOVEMBER 16: Memphis Depay of the Netherlands celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal from the penalty spot as Hugo Lloris of France reacts during the UEFA Nations League Group A match between Netherlands and France at the Stadion Feijenoord on November 16, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)



Portugal vs Netherlands: Who will win?

Portugal are 13/10 to win in 90 minutes.

Netherlands are 2/1 to be victorious in normal time.

A draw is 9/4.

Over 2.5 goals is evens.

Both teams to score is 4/5.

Portugal to win and both teams to score is 7/2.

Netherlands to win and both teams to score is 5/1.

Portugal are 8/11 to lift the trophy; Netherlands are evens.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JUNE 20: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Morocco at Luzhniki Stadium on June 20, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo is once again likely to be key to any success Portugal may have. He is 14/5 to score first, 21/20 to score anytime and 25/1 to repeat Wednesday’s hat-trick.

João Félix is expected to be his strike partner once again. He is 6/1 to score first and 5/2 to score anytime.

Memphis Depay will be up front for Netherlands. He is 5/1 to score first and 2/1 to score anytime.

Quincy Promes scored the third goal on Thursday. He is 8/1 to score first and 16/5 to score anytime.

Portugal vs Netherlands: Match preview

Rui Patricio

SOCHI, RUSSIA – JUNE 15: Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patrício in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain at Fisht Stadium on June 15, 2018 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

What a night in Porto.

On Wednesday, the host nation kicked off the UEFA Nations League finals with their semi-final against Switzerland.

The first 25 minutes was very even before Cristiano Ronaldo smashed in his first free-kick for 355 days.

Just before the break, Switzerland hit the cross bar but 1-0 it was at the interval.

Then came the VAR controversy.

Switzerland thought they had a penalty when Nélson Semedo appeared to bundle over Steven Zuber.

Then, Portugal went up the other and, when Bernardo Silva was brought down by Fabian Schär, they were awarded a penalty.

However, after consulting the pitch-side monitor, referee Felix Brych reversed his decision, awarding Switzerland a penalty and thereby taking one away form the hosts.

Ricardo Rodríguez stepped up and levelled the scoring to 1-1.

The game appeared to be petering out towards extra time but, with just two minutes remaining, Cristiano Ronaldo slotted home with a superb finish.

Then, just a matter of moment later, Ronaldo added his hat-trick cutting in from the left.

That was his seventh hat-trick for Portugal and his 53rd of his career.

Ronaldo has also now scored in ten different major international tournaments for his country including in three different semi-finals.

However, he’s never scored in an international final so will he fire his side to victory at the Estádio do Dragão on Sunday afternoon?

Will Netherlands silence the home crowd?

Matthijs de Ligt of Holland during the UEFA Nations League A group 1 qualifying match between Germany and The Netherlands at the Veltins Arena on November 19, 2018 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

What a performance by Holland once again.

On Thursday they took on England in Guimarães.

England were awarded a penalty just after the half hour mark.

Marcus Rashford stepped up and slotted it home; he’s scored all five penalties he’s taken in his career.

1-0 to England at half time.

Then, with just 17 minutes remaining, Matthijs de Ligt headed home a Memphis corner.

1-1.

With just three minutes to go, Jesse Lingard slotted in.

The England fans went wild.

But, after video review, the Manchester United man was adjudged to be offside.

No goal.

Extra time to follow.

Then, England shot themselves in the foot.

Not once but twice.

In the seventh minute of extra time, John Stones was caught on the ball, Memphis had a shot before Quincy Promes bundled the ball in over the line off Kyle Walker.

Then, in the 113th minute, Ross Barkley gave the ball straight to Memphis who squared to it Promes.

3-1 to Netherlands.

Game over.

Having knocked out France and Germany in the group stages, this side are used to causing a shock?

Will they do just that one more time in this final?

Portugal team news vs Netherlands

Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal World Cup

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JUNE 20: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Morocco at Luzhniki Stadium on June 20, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Fernando Santos made a slight tactical tweak on Wednesday night.

He went with a midfield diamond for the first time since Euro 2016, the system that served them so well at that tournament.

They’re likely to line up the same way.

Wolves’ Rui Patrício will win his 81st cap; he’s conceded just 47 goals in his previous 80 appearances.

In defence,Nélson Semedo will keep his place ahead of João Cancelo at right-back.

The only expected change will be an enforced one at centre-back.

Pepe hobbled off on Wednesday so is very unlikely to play.

That means José Fonte will come in to partner Rúben Dias.

Raphaël Guerreiro will be at left-back.

William Carvalho will be the most defensive minded midfielder at the base of the diamond.

Rúben Neves will be alongside him, starting ahead of his club teammate João Moutinho.

Danilo Pereira is back from suspension but is likely to be on the bench.

Bernardo Silva will be at the tip of the diamond.

He created four chances on Wednesday including the assist for Ronaldo’s second goal.

Up front, despite an underwhelming international debut, João Félix is expected to keep his place.

Gonçalo Guedes and Diogo Jota are the other realistic options.

Félix will partner Ronaldo.

Ronaldo has now scored against 38 different nations for Portugal.

Will he add another against Holland and fire his country to glory once more in this showpiece final?

Netherlands team news vs Portugal

Virgil Van Dijk

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 19: Virgil van Dijk of the Netherlands celebrates with team mate Steven Bergwijn after scoring his team’s second goal during the UEFA Nations League A group one match between Germany and Netherlands at Veltins-Arena on November 19, 2018 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images,)

Despite playing extra time as recently as Thursday, Ronald Koeman is unlikely to make too many changes.

His squad simply doesn’t have the depth.

Jasper Cillessen may have made just 11 appearances for Barcelona this season but he remains Holland’s first choice goalkeeper.

Seven of this 11 played all four Nations League group games.

In defence, Denzel Dumfries will start at right-back.

On the other side, Daley Blind will keep his place ahead of Patrick van Aanholt and Nathan Aké.

At centre-back, Virgil van Dijk will captain the side despite a busy week in which he won the Champions League.

The Liverpool star will partner Matthijs de Ligt.

Are they the best centre-back pairing in international football?

In midfield, Ajax star Donny van de Beek is expected to come in to join Frenkie de Jong.

Atalanta’s Marten de Roon, who started all five Nations League games so far, is expected to drop out.

Another Liverpool Champions League winner, Georginio Wijnaldum, is expected to get the nod over him.

Up front, they play without an auxiliary centre-forward.

Memphis Depay will play through the middle; he scored five goals in his last five games for Holland.

Depay will be flanked by Ryan Babel and Quincy Promes who is expected to come in for Steven Bergwijn.

This is Holland’s biggest game for five years.

Will this young side rise to the occasion and take home the trophy?

Predicted Portugal line-up vs Netherlands

Predicted Portugal line-up vs Netherlands

Predicted Portugal line-up vs Netherlands.

Predicted Netherlands line-up vs Portugal

Predicted Netherlands line-up vs Portugal

Predicted Netherlands line-up vs Portugal.

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