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26/03/2018 Kick Off:  7:30 pm Stade de Genève V Predicted Score:2 - 1

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Match Summary

1 Look out for:

Portugal to continue their dominance over the Dutch. In the last 28 years, Portugal and Holland have met 12 times with the Dutch only claiming victory once (in 1991).

Four draws and seven wins have followed for the Portuguese making the double chance of Portugal/Draw at 3/10 almost a no-brainer.

2 We fancy:

Portugal to win and both teams to score is 7/2 and offers the best value bet of the whole match.

That exact result has also happened twice in the last four meetings between the two and with the Dutch needing to find the back of the net to restore pride, we could be on to a fire cracker of a match.

3 It's a long shot, but…

Memphis Depay to score anytime is a promising 8/1 and at that price must be backed as something slightly shorter than a long shot.

Despite being deemed a flop at Manchester United, the winger has been on fine form for Lyon this season with 10 goals in 28 Ligue 1 appearances and will be eager to carry that form for his national side.

Team News

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Portugal's Last Six:

Won: 5 Drawn: 1 Lost: 0

Ricardo Quaresma is likely to start the game after providing two assists for Ronaldo as Portugal beat Egypt on Friday.

However, Fernando Santos will be without Fabio Coentrao and William Carvalho who are out due to injury.

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Netherlands' Last Six:

Won: 5 Drawn: 0 Lost: 1

Head Coach Ronald Koeman is likely to give Barcelona backup goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen after PSV’s Jeroen Zoet was between the sticks during the loss to England.

Justin Kluivert was an unused sub on Friday but may be thrown into the mix as a younger looking Dutch side is an option for Koeman.

Portugal vs Netherlands Football Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

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After failing to qualify for the World Cup and losing to England on Friday night, any international friendly preview for this one would have to believe the Netherlands will be wary as Koeman has plenty of work to do to save the proud nation’s blushes. However, it will not be easy as reigning European champions Portugal are on unbeaten run dating back to September 2016, making today’s football prediction one to run through with a fine-toothed combed.

Portugal are 6/5 to win and with the ever-green Ronaldo in the form of his life right now, that looks like one of the best football betting tips. The Portuguese have won nine of their 11 internationals since claiming the European title in 2016 and once again look formidable heading to Russia.

The Netherlands are 5/2 to win and that is not to be discounted in the international friendly predictions with the Dutch boasting strong form prior to their defeat to England on Friday. Five straight wins was Holland’s record since their World Cup qualification hopes were ended before England came to town but Koeman’s squad looked a little off-key against the Three Lions, which explains their odds.

The draw is 21/10 and the weight of history suggests this is one of the more sensible football predictions to take. Three of the last six meetings between the two has resulted in the sides leaving the stadium having played out a draw.

Both teams to score is 8/11 and with players such as Ronaldo, Bas Dost, Memphis Depay and Andre Silva likely to be on the pitch, entertainment will not be in short supply. The football score predictions could tend towards goals.

Cristiano to score at anytime is a very healthy 20/21 and that is one of the best football predictions of the week. The 33-year-old has scored 41 goals in 39 appearances for club and country and netted a second-half stoppage time brace on Friday to come from behind and beat Egypt.

Predicted Score: Portugal 2 - 1 Netherlands

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Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!