The Netherlands will face Portugal in the UEFA Nations League final after battling to a 3-1 extra-time victory over England on Thursday night.
<div><h2>Portugal v Netherlands</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/int/uefa-nations-league-league-c-gr-4/portugal-vs-netherlands-3819662/?mtid=1" target="_blank" title="Oddsmarket match odds">Sunday, June 9th at Estadio do Dragao</a></p><h2>Form Guide</h2><p>European champions Portugal are now unbeaten in nine games since their World Cup elimination at the hands of Uruguay. They opened their Nations League campaign with a 1-0 victory over Italy and then beat Poland 3-2 on the road. Fernando Santos’ men cruised through to the Nations League semi-finals and their results are all the more impressive when you consider that star man Cristiano Ronaldo was missing. Yet the Juventus forward returned to devastating effect this week as he fired in a superb hat-trick to inspire his team to a 3-1 victory over a well-organised Switzerland team.</p><p>The Netherlands have embarked upon an exciting rebuilding campaign since their failure to reach the last World Cup. They now have a terrific blend of youth and experience and they did exceptionally well to top a Nations League group that also featured world champions France and the mighty Germany. They picked up a 3-0 win against the Germans and beat Les Bleus 2-0 to ensure they reached this stage of the competition. They trailed 1-0 against England at the break, but showed great character to come back and equalise, before winning in extra-time.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Ronaldo is the leader of this Portugal group, but they are by no means a one-man team. Man City playmaker Bernardo Silva is developing into one of the world’s finest players and he forms an outrageously talented attacking triumvirate with Ronaldo and £100 million rated Benfica starlet Joao Felix. Wolves are well represented through Ruben Neves and Rui Patricio, while 36-year-old centre back Pepe is still going strong alongside whippersnapper Ruben Dias.</p><p>Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk is very much the beating heart of this new-look Netherlands team alongside wunderkind Matthijs de Ligt. The likes of Daley Blind, Marten de Roon and Georginio Wijnaldum provide further experience alongside precocious youngsters such as Frenkie De Jong. Ronald Koeman may be tempted to shuffle his pack after that gruelling extra-time win, and players like Donny van de Beek, Kevin Strootman and Stefan de Vrij may be called upon.</p><h2>Betting Tips</h2><p>Portugal have the benefit of an extra day’s rest and their semi-final did not go to extra-time, so they should be the fresher team for this clash. They also enjoy home advantage, as the game will be played in Porto, and that could be enough to swing it in their favour. Portugal to win the Nations League looks good at 3/4 (1.75) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&f=1">Betway</a>. You can get more value on them winning in 90 minutes, which is 7/5 (2.40). If the Dutch defenders are tired, they will struggle to keep Ronaldo and co out for 90 minutes, yet Portugal’s defence looks a little suspect too, so both teams to score might also appeal at 5/6 (1.83) at Betway.</p><h2>Best bets:</h2><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&f=1" target="_blank" title="Betway odds">Portugal to lift the trophy: 1.75<br />Both teams to score: 1.83</a></p></div>