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first_imgPortugal and Netherlands face off in Porto on Sunday for the right to get their hands on the inaugural UEFA Nations League trophy.A sensational Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick fired the reigning European champions into the final at the expense of Switzerland, while the Dutch defeated England in extra-time in the other semi-final.Ronald Koeman’s side will hope to shake off the weight of history – having lost three of their last four major finals and never beaten Portugal in Portugal – as they look to continue their upswing in fortunes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Portugal hold a historical advantage over the Oranje as well as the backing of home support, but a 3-0 loss to the same opposition in March 2018 will still be fresh in their minds. Game Portugal vs Netherlands Date Sunday, June 9 Time 7:45pm BST / 2:45pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream UNIVISION fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Football and it can be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Portugal squad Goalkeepers R. Patricio, Beto, Sa Defenders Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, Cancelo, Dias, Semedo, Rui Midfielders Moutinho, Carvalho, B. Silva, D. Pereira, Pizzi, B. Fernandes, Neves Forwards Ronaldo, Felix, Guedes, Sousa, R. Silva, Jota The major issue for Portugal is the news that centre-back Pepe will miss the game after picking up an injury in the semi-final. The Porto defender will be replaced by Jose Fonte.Joao Felix and Ruben Neves have been dropped from the starting XI, while Goncalo Guedes and Danilo take their places.Confirmed Portugal starting XI: Patricio, Semedo, Fonte, Dias, Guerreiro, Danilo, William, Bruno Fernandes, Silva, Guedes, Ronaldo. Position Netherlands squad Goalkeepers Cillessen, Vermeer, Bizot Defenders Hateboer, De Ligt, van Dijk, Ake, van Aanholt, de Vrij, Blind, Dumfries Midfielders Propper, Wijnaldum, de Roon, Strootman, Vilhena, van de Beek, F. de Jong Forwards Bergwijn, Babel, Depay, Promes, L. de Jong Koeman has no fresh injury concerns coming into the match, but the former Everton boss was expected to make some changes after second-half alterations helped his side defeat England.However, he has opted to stick with the team that lined up against England, with Marten de Roon keeping his place in midfield and Ryan Babel on the left wing again in support of Memphis Depay.Confirmed Netherlands starting XI: Cillessen, Dumfries, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Blid, De Roon, Wijnaldum, De Jong, Bergwijn, Memphis, Babel.Betting & Match Odds Portugal are at home and strong favourites to win this match with bet365, who give odds of 27/20 on the Selecao to come out on top.Netherlands are priced at 12/5 to triumph and a draw in regulation time is available at 9/4.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Virgil van Dijk Raheem Sterling Netherlands England 2019Sunday’s Nations League final between Portugal and Netherlands has been touted as a battle of the captains : Virgil van Dijk on the Dutch side and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Portuguese corner.That, of course, is a simplistic depiction of the game that will play out at Estadio do Dragao, with plenty of distinguished stars – Frenkie de Jong, Bernardo Silva, Memphis Depay and Ruben Neves to name a few – littered throughout both sides.Koeman’s men have restored some of the confidence that abandoned them in the past two qualification cycles, but it was notable that they struggled for large swathes of the semi-final against England. Indeed, were it not for England’s recklessness in defence, they may not have made their way into the decider at all.In a season which saw Ajax mesmerise Europe and the world with their dazzling brand of attacking football, the national team fell well short. They will have to improve on that display significantly in the final if they wish to pick up their first title since 1988.Portugal, on the other hand, were firing on all cylinders in their semi-final against Switzerland, with Ronaldo rolling back the years to score three vintage goals in an all-action display.Netherlands may have to rely on their cohesiveness as a team to pull off a result on Sunday, but Portugal will be more than happy to let the Juventus star drag them to glory. However, the 34-year-old has a capable supporting cast too.”When I pull on the shirt of the national team, it’s a huge honour for me and it’s a different feeling than it is playing for clubs,” Ronaldo told .”We are positive; we are playing at home. I hope the stadium will be great, that there will be good energy, that this energy will be transmitted to us, and that everyone can be confident, because we will try to give our best. Together, we can become champions.”last_img