Here we are! After a competitive and entertaining inaugural UEFA Nations League, Portugal and Netherlands fight out in the final at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto on Sunday. Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick saw the hosts sweep past Switzerland 3-1 in the semis and the home advantage should once again play to their benefit. Netherlands needed a couple of extra-time goals to go past England 3-1 in the semi-final and book their spot against Portugal. Ronaldo sat out through the entire group stages and has now shown the ruthlessness that the side so dearly needed. With the Dutch failing to keep a clean sheet in their last six away games, Portugal should fancy their chances of finding the net. Regardless, Netherlands have been able to score in 17 of their last 18 matches, which should make this a spectacle for goals. Having knocked out France and Germany in the group stages, the Netherlands will be confident of creating another upset. Ronald Koeman’s young squad has been the cynosure of everyone in in Europe and will hope to underline their growth with a title.
Portugal have won seven of their 13 matches against Netherlands.
Netherlands have conceded at least once in eight of their last 11 fixtures.
Four of Portugal’s last five fixtures have resulted in draws.
The bet of our experts
The worry for Netherlands is the fact that they have played deep into extra time to book their spot in the final. Koeman doesn’t have the squad depth to make too many changes and that could play to Portugal’s advantage. The hosts will miss experienced defender Pepe, but the return to the favoured diamond formation and the strength of the squad should work out for Portugal. With Ronaldo aiming for more silverware in national colours, Netherlands could find it tough to stop him and his side.
Created on 07/06/2019 at 16:06
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