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26/03/2018 | 7:30 pm

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In a sentence:  As international friendlies go, they do not come much more eagerly anticipated than Portugal against the Netherlands, two nations boasting a rich heritage with a statement of intent on the cards for the home side whilst the visitors target pride ahead of a quiet summer.

Last time: The pair last met in 2013 in an international friendly which resulted in a fair 1-1 draw. Kevin Strootman put the visitors in front before Portugal’s main man Cristiano Ronaldo struck the equaliser in the 87th minute.

This time: Portugal are 6/5 with the Netherlands at 5/2 and the draw 21/10.

You might remember: It’d be difficult to forget the pair’s epic, ill-tempered affair during the World Cup in Germany in 2006. Maniche struck what proved to be the winner in the 23rd minute for the Portuguese but four red cards followed with Costinho and Deco being dismissed for Portugal whilst Khalid Boulahrouz and Giovanni Van Bronckhorst received their marching orders for the clockwork Orange.

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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.

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.

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!