Portugal looked to be on the brink of their first defeat in almost a year on Friday as they trailed Egypt thanks to a Mohamed Salah goal. However, the talisman captain Cristiano Ronaldo proved his worth yet again with a late brace to completely flip the game around.
The Euro 2016 winners are now unbeaten in their last 14 matches, since a 3-2 defeat to Sweden in March 2017. This run of form took them to the top of their World Cup qualification group, leading Switzerland on goal difference and booking their place on the plane to Russia this summer.
Portugal will be hoping to pull off another shock when they get to Russia. They weren’t considered in the running for Euro 2016, and their standing slid even further after they failed to win all three of their group games. However, a solid defensive showing saw them go all the way to the final in Paris, with them then beating host nation France in extra time.
Admittedly it was a thoroughly boring showing from them throughout the tournament, but they have since turned on the style a bit. The win against Egypt made it 81 international goals for Ronaldo, who has helped his nation immensely as they have scored 58 goals in their 21 matches since that triumph in Paris.
Netherlands won’t be joining their opponents in Russia come June. The Dutch failed to qualify yet again, and that has heralded in a time of change. Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder have both retired, and new boss Ronald Koeman has named a largely inexperienced squad for this set of friendlies. Ryan Babel is the most experienced player in there with 47 caps, and 15 of the squad have fewer than ten appearances to their name.
This didn’t seem to help them a great deal on Friday, when they lost 1-0 at home to England to put an end to their five match winning streak. That winning streak did come against largely inferior opponents though, and their frailties have been found out when facing the top opposition.
Portugal are our favourites here. They have won nine of their last 11 games and Netherlands looked largely unimpressive on Friday. Backing the Euro 2016 winners to get the win here looks a good value bet, along with a 2-1 correct score predictions.
Head To Head
Portugal have won four and drawn three of their last seven meetings with Netherlands, with their only previous defeat coming in 1991.
Portugal vs Netherlands Stats
- Portugal have won 82% of their last 11 matches.
- Netherlands have beaten Portugal in just 8% of their previous meetings, losing 58% of them.