Preview - Portugal vs Holland 27 March 2018

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Mar 26, 2018, 06:43 AM Last Edit: Mar 26, 2018, 07:44 PM by Harry85
International Friendly
Portugal vs Holland
Tuesday, March 27th, 2018
03:30 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade de Genève

Last five matches form: W W W D W
Average goals per match: 3.2
Average goals against per match: 0.4
Top Scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (81)

Last five matches form:  W W W W L
Average goals per match: 2.1
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay ( 8 )

A clash of two major footballing nations in the pick of this week's early friendlies. Portugal continue their preparations for this summers World Cup, whilst Holland continue their rebuilding process under Ronad Koeman, having failed to qualify for this summer's championships.

The early signs for Koeman weren't particularly encouraging as an insipid display saw them lose to England. The performance of Memphis Depay was the one shining light in that display and in his current form he should at least give Portugal something to think about at the back. A more mobile frontman than Bas Dost would also seem a better fit for Holland's style and we may get that here with Justin Kluivert expected to be handed a start.

Likewise Portugal were largely poor against Egypt, ultimately having to rely on a late, late show from Cristiano Ronaldo to come out of the game with a 2-1 win. One thing about Portugal though is that they are very tough to beat; they are now unbeaten inside ninety minutes in their last 14 outings. Ricardo Queresma has probably earned a recall to the starting line-up having come off the bench to set up both of Ronaldo's late goals against Egypt.

We weren't particularly impressed with either of these sides last time out, but with the Dutch being a team in transition at present, the more settled Portuguese may just have enough.

Prediction: Portugal 2 - 1 Holland


Half time: 0 - 3
Full time: 0 - 3
Shots: 12 - 6
Shots on target: 7 - 4
Corner Kicks: 7 - 0
Possession: 60% - 40%

Two bookings for either side here, with Kenny Tete and Marten de Roon seeing yellow for Holland. Unfortunately for Portugal, both of their yellow cards were issued to the same player, resulting in an early bath for João Cancelo.

Portugal weren't particularly impressive against Egypt in their last outing, but then neither were Holland versus England. It's therefore not the greatest shock to see Holland come out on top here, but few could have predicted such a one sided score line.

A look at the stats though tells us that this wasn't anything like so dominant a display by the Dutch as the final score would suggest. Portugal in fact did remarkably well to lose so heavily despite leading the possession stats and dominating the shot count. Lose it they did though.

The opener came in the eleventh minute. A superb team goal saw the ball switched from the left to the centre and over to the right as the retreating Portuguese struggled to maintain their shape, when the ball was fed into the box, Memphis Depay was the first to it to confidently sweep past Anthony Lopes.

The second arrived in the 32nd minute. Ryan Babel only having to make contact with a pile driver of a cross from the right hand side in order to bullet a header into the back of the net.

A shell-shocked Portugal found themselves three down headed into the interval. A deep free kick from the right being nodded back by Matthijs de Ligt to find fellow centre back Virgil van Dijk who produced a volleyed finish into the bottom right corner that any striker would have been proud of.

A relatively uneventful second half - barring the 61st minute dismissal of Cancelo - saw the game idle to a conclusion. Final score 0 - 3.

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