UEFA Nations League Final: Portugal v Netherlands Odds and Betting Preview
Sunday night will see the culmination of the UEFA Nations League as hosts, Portugal, led by talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo, will take on the conquerors of England, the Netherlands at the Estádio do Dragão, in Porto with a kick-off time of 19:45 BST.
Portugal left it late, but ultimately overcame Switzerland in their Semi-Final on Wednesday night in a 3-1 win with Ronaldo bagging all three goals in the victory. While the Netherlands booked their spot in Sunday’s final with a 3-1 extra time success over England, in a game that fluctuated both ways, before the Dutch took advantage of elementary mistakes by the English rear guard.
Date: June 9, 2019
Early Team News
It is very early to make any real suggestions about who will and who will not start the game in Porto on Sunday evening, but it is likely that both teams will attempt to make as few changes as possible to their respective line-ups that were successful in the previous stage of the UEFA Nations League.
Portugal could look to omit youthful attacker Joao Felix from their starting eleven following a sub-par showing against the Swiss, while Quincy Promes could be given a starting role by Dutch boss, Ronald Koeman following his efforts to give his country the victory over England on Thursday night.
From before the Semi-Final stages of the UEFA Nations League, hosts Portugal were the bookmakers’ favourites to lift the trophy. The current European champions are in their home country, and as such, will be very difficult to beat – even for an impressive, young and emerging Dutch team.
For information purposes, if you place a bet on either team in the Match Odds market with any bookmaker, please be aware that if the game goes to extra time, then you bet will be classed as a loser, because the bookmakers only pay out on results over ninety minutes only in this market.
Fernando Santos’ side can be backed with Unibet at the best industry odds of 8/5 to win in normal time. The Netherlands are available with Betfred at 21/10, while Ladbrokes and Coral offer the top price on the Draw currently at 23/10.
To cover the possibility of Extra Time on Sunday evening, some bookmakers have priced up their To Lift the Trophy market. SportingBet are at the head of the initial prices, with Portugal available at 7/10, while the Netherlands can be backed at a fraction over even money, at 42/41.
Individual Goal Scorers
A note of caution is advised in this particular market as several bookmakers have yet to form their prices for Sunday’s game as yet. It could be wise to check with your preferred choice of bookie at a time when the full choice of odds are available.
However, Cristiano Ronaldo is in hot form following his hat-trick against Switzerland on Wednesday evening, and has to be at the forefront of most punters’ minds for the First Goal Scorer. The Juventus star is a 16/5 chance with Betway to open the scoring, which does look to be of some value, as the Portuguese talisman was just a 5/2 chance at the Semi-Final stage.
Lyon striker, Memphis Depay led the line for the Netherlands against England, and the Dutch star is likely to continue in that role on Sunday night. As such, he is an obvious candidate to open the scoring in this game and can be backed at 5/1 with William Hill and Coral to improve his international scoring strike rate.
Manchester City star, Bernado Silva has been in phenomenal form for his club this season, and he can transfer that to the international scene by scoring first here. The former Monaco man is an 11/1 chance with the likes of William Hill and Betway to break the deadlock, and he is a large price for a man of his ability.
The Dutch team are a major danger at set-pieces, as Ajax man, Matthijs De Ligt proved on Thursday night with a dominant headed goal from a corner. De Ligt’s centre-back partner, Virgil van Dijk is also a very proficient force in dead-ball situations. Both players are worthy of keeping onside at 28/1 and 22/1 respectively with William Hill.
Other Side Bets
As a general rule, International finals are not always the most entertaining affairs. Hopefully this game bucks that trend, but the offer of 3/4 with Betway for Under 2.5 Goals in the match could well be a profitable selection. Games of this nature need an early goal to bring out the attacking intent, but the longer the time goes, before a goal is scored, it will be better for this selection.
The extra day’s recovery for the Portuguese could play a significant part in this match, but I’m prepared to suggest that the Dutch can make life very difficult for the home team. The Netherlands have strength throughout their team, and I believe that they can take the game to extra-time. SportingBet’s offer of 17/5 for Both Teams to Score and the game to be level after ninety minutes looks to be solid value.
Our Correct Score bet for this game is a 1-1 stalemate. SportingBet are again at the head of the market for this selection at 23/4.
- Under 2.5 Goals in the Match at 3/4 with Betway
- Both Teams to Score and the Match to be a Draw at 17/5 with SportingBet
- Portugal 1-1 Netherlands Correct Score bet at 23/4 with SportingBet.