Women’s World Cup 2023: Netherlands vs Portugal Prediction, Preview, and Odds (July 23)
- Netherlands and Portugal clash in New Zealand in their opening match in Group E
- Both European nations will also compete against the USA
The action continues in the USA’s group on Sunday, as the other two nations clash at Forsyth Barr Stadium. Both the Netherlands and Portugal will be aware that they will be likely competing for the second spot, and a victory in the opening match could be crucial in their battle for a place in the knockout round.
How To Watch
- When: Sunday, July 23, 2023, at 3:30 a.m ET
- Where: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand
- How To Watch: FOX
Huge action in Group E takes center stage on Sunday, as both the Netherlands and Portugal will be aware that a victory will put them in a strong position to reach the next round. The Dutch won the EUROs back in 2017, but they were unable to repeat the feat last summer, as they were eliminated in the quarterfinals.
However, they have a strong recent record at the World Cup, having reached the round of 16 in their debut tournament in 2015, before making it through to the final in 2019, before being beaten by the USA. The Dutch have looked strong already this year, as they have won three of their last four fixtures, which includes big-scoring wins over Austria, Poland, and Belgium.
Portugal is one of the fastest-growing nations in the women’s game, and they will be hopeful that they can exceed expectations on their debut appearance at the World Cup this summer. However, their performances at major tournaments at the EUROs have been disappointing, as they were eliminated at the group stage in both 2017 and 2022.
But, they would have taken positives from some of their displays already this year, as Portugal landed wins over New Zealand and Cameroon. However, their standout performance came against England, as they held the reigning European champions to a 0-0 draw in Milton Keynes.
Netherlands vs Portugal Prediction
The Netherlands boasts a strong record against Portugal, as they have won seven of the previous eight clashes. However, it could be a tighter game than many expect, with six of the eight being won by a single-goal margin. But, the preference remains for the Dutch.