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Portugal U-19 v Netherlands U-19 Betting: Clash to come to life after the break

08:00 WAT 11/07/2017
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Having provided lots of late goals already in the Under-19 Euro Championship, Al Hain-Cole expects the youth giants to fire in the second half

Portugal and the Netherlands will compete for a place in the final of the European Under-19 Championship when they come face-to-face at the David Petriashvili Stadium on Wednesday.

Having topped their group with two wins and a draw to their name, Emilio Peixe's team are 21/20 (2.05) favourites with bet365 to make it through to the final with a victory in Tbilisi.

Meanwhile, the Oranje progressed as runners-up to England with just four point from three matches, but are on offer at 12/5 (3.40) to cause a minor upset by coming out on top here.

Both teams were held to draws in their final group fixtures, and you can get odds of 9/4 (3.25) on them taking this one into extra-time after another deadlocked 90 minutes.

While they had already won Group A, the Selecao were relieved to score two late goals in order to avoid defeat in the final game against Sweden.

That was not the first time Peixe’s men have left it late so far in this competition, with four of the five goals they have scored arriving in the second period.

They will probably need to display similar patience when they take on an opposition defence that is yet to let in a single first-half goal in Georgia so far, with all three that they have conceded going in after the break.

In fact, it could well take a while before any action unfolds at either end, given that all five of the goals Maarten Stekelenburg’s side have scored have also taken place following half-time.

Considering that four of the five goals the teams produced when they last met in 2013 also came after the interval, odds of 19/20 (1.95) seem like a sound investment on the majority of action unfolding in the second half.

Highest-scoring half: 2nd at 19/20 (1.95) for a 2pt stake with bet365