Portugal v Holland

Two international heavyweights clash here with a place in the knockout rounds at stake and it will be interesting to see whether they go for it or play out a cagey match.

The coaches could have one eye on the game between Denmark and Germany and that could influence tactics in this match. Considering what result suits the teams here is just as important as considering the relative form of the teams.

Portugal v Holland Match Odds

A bet on the winner of the match is always a popular one and gives you a bet that lasts right up until the final whistle. In competitive games like this there are good odds on both sides.
Italy v Rep of Ireland
Full Time Result
Odds Bookie
Italy 1.36
Draw 5.20
Ireland 10.00

Head To Head Record

Games Played Portugal Wins Draws Holland Wins
10 6 3 1

Recent Meetings

Date Competition/Venue Team Result Team
11/10/2000 WC Qualification/Rotterdam Holland 3:3 (2:1) Portugal
28/03/2001 WC Qualification/Porto Portugal 2:2 (0:1) Holland
30/04/2003 Friendly/Eindhoven Holland 1:1 (1:0) Portugal
30/06/2004 Euro 2004/Lisbon Portugal 2:1 (1:0) Holland
25/06/2006 World Cup 2006/Nuremberg Portugal 1:0 (1:0) Holland


Portugal can be very tough to beat at major tournaments, at the World Cup they went unbeaten in their group against both Brazil and Ivory Coast and Spain were perhaps a little fortunate to knock them out in the Second Round by just a 1-0 scoreline. Holland don't look as good as Spain and Portugal should be more than capable of getting a draw in this match with both teams having some major stars in their line ups but perhaps not the strength in depth of a few other nations.

Portugal v Holland Asian Handicap Odds

Asian Handicap is slightly different to regular match betting, usually one side is given a lead to make the game more equal, and therefore more competitive as a betting contest.
Italy v Rep of Ireland
Asian Hcap
Odds Bookie
Italy -1.25 2.00
Rep of Ireland 1.25 2.00


Probably one of the harder asian handicaps to call with an extremely tough game ahead but Portugal look the better team so far. Whilst we fancy a draw in this match Portugal have more going for them than Hollandd currently and if having an asian handicap bet on this match it should be worth favouring Portugal, but only for small stakes.

Portugal v Holland Goals Odds

Many bets can be placed related on how many goals there will be in the match so working out whether it will be high scoring or low scoring is usually a must before betting on the game.
Italy v Rep of Ireland
Total Goals
Odds Bookie
Over 2.5 1.75
Under 2.5 2.15
Win To Nil
Odds Bookie
Italy 2.20
Rep of Ireland 15.00
Correct Score
Odds Bookie
Italy #1-0 7.00
Italy #2-0 7.00
Italy #3-0 9.50
Italy #2-1 10.00

Portugal Recent Competitive Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
04/06/2011 Portugal 1-0 (0-0) Norway
02/09/2011 Cyprus 0-4 (0-1) Portugal
07/10/2011 Portugal 5-3 (3-0) Iceland
11/10/2011 Denmark 2-1 (1-0) Portugal
07/10/2011 Bosnia Herzegovina 0-0 (0-0) Portugal
11/10/2011 Portugal 6-2 (2-1) Bosnia Herzegovina

Holland Recent Competitive Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
25/03/2011 Hungary 0-4 (0-2) Holland
29/03/2011 Holland 5-3 (1-0) Hungary
02/09/2011 Holland 11-0 (3-0) San Marino
06/09/2011 Finland 0-2 (0-1) Holland
07/10/2011 Holland 1-0 (1-0) Moldova
11/10/2011 Sweden 3-2 (1-1) Holland


This game might be tighter than many think, both teams scored plenty of goals in qualifying but that was against much poorer opposition and at major tournaments recently neither team has been particularly prolific, Portugal scored just one goal against Brazil, Ivory Coast and Spain at the World Cup whilst Holland only scored more than two in one match at the World Cup despite reaching the final and playing in a pretty weak group. Having said that there might not be loads of goals, it is almost impossible to see these teams playing out a 0-0 draw with Robin Van Persie, Cristiano Ronaldo, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Nani and Wesley Sneijder all on show so 1-1 looks by far the most likely of the drawing scorelines.

Portugal v Holland Player Odds

A look at the best bets involving the players of the match, usually the most popular bets in this category revolve around who will score the goals in the match.
Italy v Rep of Ireland
First Goalscorer
Odds Bookie
Antonio Di Natale 5.50
Mario Balotelli 6.00
Antonio Cassano 6.50
Fabio Borini 8.00
Sebastian Giovinco 8.50
Andrea Pirlo 12.00
Emanuele Giaccherni 12.00
Alessandro Diamanti 13.00
Anytime Goalscorer
Odds Bookie
Antonio Di Natale 2.25
Mario Balotelli 2.40
Antonio Cassano 2.60
Fabio Borini 3.10
Sebastian Giovinco 3.10
Andrea Pirlo 4.33
Emanuele Giaccherni 4.33
Antonio Nocerino 4.50

Portugal v Holland Goalscorer Stats

Player Games (Sub) Goals Games Scored In First Goals Last Goals Hat Tricks Pens Scored
Klass-Jan Huntelaar (Hol) 8 12 7 4 2 1 1
Cristiano Ronaldo (Por) 8 7 5 2 3 0 1
Dirk Kuyt (Hol) 9 6 5 1 1 0 1
Robin Van Persie (Hol) 6 6 3 2 1 1 0
Helder Postiga (Por) 6 (2) 5 4 1 3 0 0
Nani (Por) 10 5 3 2 0 0 0
Ibrahim Afellay (Hol) 5 (1) 3 2 0 0 0 0
Wesley Sneijder (Hol) 8 3 2 0 0 0 0

Portugal v Holland Bookings Stats

Below are all the players who were booked more than once or sent off during qualifying for each team.

Player Games (Sub) Yellow Cards First Yellow Card Of Game Red Cards
Helder Postiga (Por) 6 (2) 2 0 0
Ruben Micael (Por) 1 (4) 2 0 0


Holland scored first in all but one of their qualifiers whilst Portugal failed to score first in four of their qualifying games despite qualifying which is a pretty poor record suggesting Holland are the team who will score first in this match. Holland's most prolific first scorer in qualifying was by far Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, the top scorer in all of qualifying netted himself four first goals in eight games which was great news for those backing him to score first in every match. That is a strong record for the first goal in matches and he should be a good enough price to back for the first goal in this match.

Portugal v Holland Half Time Odds

Your bets don't have to just be on what happens by the end of the game, you can bet on what happens by half time, in conjunction or not with the full time result.
Italy v Rep of Ireland
Half Time Result
Odds Bookie
Italy 1.80
Draw 2.70
Rep of Ireland 9.50
Half Time / Full Time
Odds Bookie
Italy - Italy 1.91
Draw - Italy 4.60
Draw - Draw 8.50
Draw - Rep of Ireland 19.00
Team Games HT Wins HT Draws HT Losses 1st Half Goals 2nd Half Goals
Portugal 10 5 3 2 12 15
Holland 10 9 1 0 16 21


If Holland score first in this match and the game ends in a draw then that really narrows down the options in the half time betting that we have to consider. That leaves Holland/Draw and Draw/Draw as the main bets to consider and deciding between these outcomes depends on when Portugal are likely to score. In qualifying Portugal scored 12 first half goals and 15 second half goals which isn't a great margin but the fact that they were farily poor at half time in qualfying points towards Holland winning at half time. Portugal were only winning half their qualifying matches at half time (against mostly much poorer opposition) and were losing 20% of their qualifying matches at the interval. Holland are better than any of the qualifying opposition that Portugal faced and Potugal look most likely to be losing at half time but can claw things back in the second half.

Portugal v Holland Best Bet

This game should be close but the case for Holland taking the lead is a convincing one, they are probably a better team than Portugal and plenty of qualifying stats point towards Holland getting the first goal and the stats also point towards Klaas-Jan Huntelaar being Holland's biggest goal threat so he looks the best bet of the game to score first.
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