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Euro 2012 Group B: Portugal vs. Netherlands Tips, Predictions, & Picks

Euro 2012 Portugal vs. Netherlands: Dutch To Crash Out, Portugal To Survive: La Oranje hasn’t really had a whole heck of a lot of success here at Euro 2012, but now, they have a chance to salvage their Euro Cup fixtures if they can find a way to take three points from Portugal. The Portuguese know that this fixture means everything as well though, and it should make for one final fantastic match here in the Group of Death in Group B.

It is amazing to think that Holland is still in this tournament in spite of the fact that it doesn’t have a point to show for its work yet. That being said, three points and some help in the form of Denmark getting beaten by Germany, and the Dutch will be flying high into the quarterfinals as the runners up from Group B. Still, Portugal is salivating at the idea of just being able to get a point from this match. If it can do that, it should be able to advance into the second round. If Denmark is able to beat Germany though, the only result that would help out the Portuguese is a win in this fixture. As long as they match what the Danes are able to do on Sunday, they will have survived the Group of Death and will be in the quarterfinals of Euro 2012.

Portugal vs. Netherlands Schedule and Match Information
Portugal vs. Netherlands Match Date/Time: Sunday, June 17th, 2:45 p.m. (ET)
Portugal vs. Netherlands Stadium: Metalist Stadium
Portugal vs. Netherlands on TV: ESPN, ESPN3.com, ESPN Deportes
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Portugal vs. Netherlands Match Odds: Netherlands pk (-115)
Portugal vs. Netherlands Betting Line Total: 2.5 (Over -115)

Portugal has had itself a great tournament to date. The team really was good enough to get a point out of that opening fixture against Germany, and though it just didn’t happen, there had to be an increased sense of optimism about how the team was going to play through the rest of the group stage of this tournament. Alas, what we saw at the outset of the game against Denmark was quite the impressive showing four days ago. The Portuguese jumped out to a 2-0 lead and looked prepared to sail to three points. Of course, the Danes were able to fight back and level the match at two goals apiece, and Cristiano Ronaldo simply fanned on a shot that easily would have been a goal 99% of the time otherwise. That being said, it was Silvestre Varela that was able to come off of the bench and save Portugal’s skins in the 87th minute to take down Denmark, and as a result, the Portuguese control their own destiny for the most part to get into the second round of Euro 2012.

The Netherlands Euro 2012 campaign really should be over at this point, as there is really no excuse for being in a position to have no points from two matches when you are ranked in the Top 5 in the world. The Dutch have just one goal to show for their work in this tournament, that coming from Robin van Persie against the Germans in their last match. That being said, we really haven’t heard much of anything from Dirk Kuyt, Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Nigel de Jong, Mark van Bommel, Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, and Rafael van der Vaart. That’s a heck of a lot of big time names that just haven’t been able to contribute to the offense quite yet in the Euro Cup 2012, and that means that there is a lot for this group to do to be able to get this team into the second round of the tournament. Maarten Stekelenburg would like some more help in front of him as well, as he has now allowed three goals in his first two fixtures here in Ukraine.

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Portugal vs. Netherlands Match Preview & Analysis: This match has relatively level odds for a good reason. We really don’t know if either of these teams are going to be able to take three points from the other. That being said, we know that the Dutch are going to have no choice but to go for broke and try to get three points, but in the end, we think that a first half goal by La Oranje will be eliminated late on by Cristiano Ronaldo or one of the other big time Portuguese players to let this match end in a draw. The question that will remain though, is whether that will be enough to get Portugal into the Euro 2012 quarterfinals. We think that it will.

Portugal vs. Netherlands Punting Tip: Draw (+230) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

Portugal vs. Netherlands Score Prediction: Portugal 1 –Netherlands 1

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