Portugal-Netherlands Betting Preview: Expect goals in a high-flying friendly in the Algarve

Both sides come into the game in good form and our tipster expects them to put on an entertaining match with goals at both ends when they meet on Wednesday
Having clawed their way back into contention for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil, Portugal will be hoping to extend their fine form when they welcome the Netherlands to the Estadio Algarve for Wednesday’s exhibition match.

Paulo Bento’s men recently climbed into top spot in their qualifying group thanks to hard-fought wins over Azerbaijan and Russia, while a friendly win in their last match in Croatia should give them confidence to justify their favourites tag of 13/10 (2.30) with Betway in this one.

Meanwhile, the Dutch have been making it look easy with six wins out of six in their own qualification campaign, but are slight underdogs at 19/10 (2.90) to overcome a side they have not beaten in any of the last eight meetings.

The visitors have drawn their last two friendlies against European sides, and you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on them making it three in a row here.

Louis Van Gaal’s side look already to have one foot in Brazil next summer, with 18 points from a possible 18 and a goal difference of plus 18 under their belt.

While an attack of Robin Van Persie, Arjen Robben and Dirk Kuyt is more than capable of continuing the fine goal-scoring form in this match, their inexperienced central defensive partnership of Bruno Martins Indi and Ricardo Van Rhijn will be hard-pressed to contain Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. at the other end of the pitch.

A bet on both teams to score would have paid out in four of the last five encounters between these heavyweights, and odds of 7/10 (1.70) are not to be missed on that market in this match.

While both managers have selected crowd-pleasingly strong squads for this match, Wesley Sneijder is conspicuous in his absence, with his manager criticising the playmaker’s fitness.

Former Ajax team mate Rafael van der Vaart filled in for the deposed captain playing just behind the strikers for the last qualifier against Romania, and should resume that position after getting the ball rolling with his 23rd international goal in that game.

The 30-year-old has hit five goals in his last seven matches for the Oranje, and therefore appears generously priced by Betway at 11/4 (3.75) to score anytime in Portugal.

Both teams to score for a 2pt stake at 7/10 (1.70) with Betway
Rafael van der Vaart to score anytime for a 1pt stake at 11/4 (3.75) with Betway

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