The UEFA Nations League crowns its first winner this weekend as Portugal and the Netherlands go head-to-head in the final. The Seleção start the contest as slight favourites given they are on home soil, and may also benefit from advancing during regulation time and the extra 24 hours to recuperate after what has been a long season.
Where and when: Estádio Do Dragão, Porto –5 June, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Portugal vs. Netherlands: Sky Sports
Last time: The Oranje dominated Portugal when the nations met in 2018, running out 3-0 victors courtesy of Memphis Depay, Ryan Babel and skipper Virgil van Dijk.
|Over 4.5 goals||6/1||Offer|
|Van Dijk to score anytime||18/2||Offer|
|Netherlands to win 2-1||10/1||Offer|
Portugal vs. Netherlands Predictions and Preview
Hosts Portugal came through their semi-final with Switzerland thanks to a familiar source. Captain and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo netted a remarkable hat-trick, his 53rd during an illustrious career as the Juventus ace seeks a second honour with his country. Ronaldo was supported in attack by prodigy Joao Felix and the Benfica youngster showed glimpses of his obvious talent.
Quietly, the Seleção have put together a fine side, and you only have to look at the substitutes bench to see the talent that missed out. Joao Cancelo, Joao Moutinho, Goncalo Guedes and Jose Fonte are not regulars but examples of the immense squad depth at Fernando Santos’ disposal.
In Ronaldo, Felix, Ruben Neves, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva and William, Portugal have a front six that will be the envy of most countries on the continent and they will almost certainly be in the reckoning for EURO 2020 glory. Ronaldo is the clear favourite to open the scoring at 11/4 and 28/1 to hit back-to-back trebles. The Seleção are 7/10 to lift the trophy.
Meanwhile, Ronald Koeman’s Oranje toppled England 3-1 in extra-time. The Flying Dutchmen went behind to a Marcus Rashford penalty but a Matthijs de Ligt unstoppable header and Quincy Promes double sealed the triumph.
Promes is 3/1 to strike anytime during the final and will line up with Babel and Depay in attack. De Ligt, who is the subject of an intense tug of war behind Manchester United, PSG and Barcelona, has five goals from his last 15 appearances and is an attractive 33/1 to bag first. The Netherlands are 21/20 to claim glory.
One to watch for Portugal: Fernandes hit 28 goals from midfield for club side Sporting Lisbon and is 11/1 to score anytime during the encounter.
One to watch for Netherlands: Donny van de Beek came off the bench against the Three Lions but should feature from the opening whistle on Sunday. The Ajax midfielder is 16/1 to hit the final effort of the match.
Long shot: De Ligt and Van Dijk are arguably the best central defensive pairing in the world and their battle with Ronaldo will go a long way to determining the victor. Don’t bet against the Portuguese superstar to have the last laugh but a tense, goalless 90 minutes is 9/1.