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Portugal Netherlands Betting Predictions – Holland Sinks, Portugal Goes Through

Posted by Todd Shale on 6/14/2012 4:49:34 PM

Sports betting sharps wagering on the Netherlands never figured they would be looking at their team facing elimination heading into their final game, but that is the scenario for the Dutch in Group B as they prepare to face Portugal. Holland hasn’t shown the heart that you need to win the European Championship, and Portugal will catch them on the counterattack in an entertaining match.

What: Soccer Betting
When: Sunday, June 17th, 2:45 PM ET
Where: Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv, Ukraine
Pick: Portugal

Why Bet On Portugal

The Portuguese needed a late 87th-minute goal from substitute Silvestre Varela to hold off Denmark for a 3-2 win that kept their hopes of moving to the quarterfinals alive, although he almost made a mess of it on the initial shot. Pepe opened the scoring in the 24th minute, while Helder Postiga made it 2-0 12 minutes later. Pepe was Portugal’s best player as he was a rock in defense, constantly yelling at his teammates and he made an intelligent run and placed his header perfectly to score Portugal’s first goal of the tournament after a 1-0 loss to Germany in their first game. But the team as a whole suffered from a few lapses in concentration and they may be a little fortunate to have won the game; Portugal was cruising into halftime before Nicklas Bendter struck, and then he capitalized on another miscue to tie the game in the 80th minute before Varela notched the game-winner just three minutes after coming on the pitch.

However, soccer betting players who are backing Portugal have to be concerned about the play of captain Cristiano Ronaldo, and the criticism of Ronaldo not being able to bring his club form over to his country is getting louder and louder. Ronaldo had a couple of chances in the second half to put the game away, and he missed an absolute sitter just before Bendter tied it up. It was a chance that Ronaldo would have scored nine times out of 10 for Real Madrid, but he has to be feeling the pressure of not only playing for his country, but wearing the armband. Portugal will need Ronaldo to step up in this game.

Why Bet On The Netherlands

Holland is in danger of failing to make it out of the group stage for the first time since 1980 after a 2-1 loss to rival Germany, and the Dutch are lucky that it wasn’t worse as they got destroyed on the counterattack by a German side that knew the opposition had to press forward because of their opening loss to Denmark. John Heitinga and Jetro Willems had nightmare games at the back and if it wasn’t for keeper Maartan Stekelenburg, Germany could have had four going into the half. The Dutch couldn’t break down their rivals for any serious chances, and they could have given up more just after halftime, but they showed a little more invention with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Rafael Van der Vaart coming on, along with Wesley Sneijder exerting more influence on the game. Robin van Persie equalized in the 73rd minute and then the Dutch really pushed forward, but they would fall just short and now, they need Germany to beat Denmark while the Netherlands has to win by at least two goals if they want to go through to the quarterfinals.

Many were worried that the defense would be Holland’s Achilles Heel, and they were right as the Netherlands were awful at the back. Willems is only 18 and was drafted into the defense as Erik Pieters was hurt before Euro 2012, and he will have to learn from this experience because he was dragged out of position in the first half. The Dutch have to show some mental fortitude because they still have a chance, and you would have to think that manager Bert van Marwijk is on the hot seat if they lose. After the debacle at the World Cup final in South Africa where he decided that bullying Spain was the best way to play them, van Marwijk’s performances in big games have left a lot to be desired. Even though his contract runs to the end of the next European tournament, the Netherlands could show him the door.

How It Will Play Out

It’ll be interesting to see which way the soccer betting odds for this game as the Netherlands still have a slight chance, and many feel they’re the better team, but as we’ve seen, the best team doesn’t always win. Portugal has won three of their four meetings with the Netherlands, the last of which came at the World Cup in 2006, and you should expect a wild match as both teams will be attacking from the start, and neither has a sturdy defense.

However, the edge goes to Ronaldo and Portugal as he should find his shooting boots and open his account at Euro 2012, while there seemed to be some sulking by the Dutch after their loss (Arjen Robben, in particular) and they don’t seem to be mentally strong. Portugal will send the Dutch home and claim a victory in your online betting book.

Portugal Netherlands Betting Pick: Portugal


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