Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Portugal vs. Netherlands
One of this week's more eye-catching friendlies takes place in the Algarve on Wednesday as Portugal play host to the Netherlands.
The hosts start the match on the back of three consecutive wins, while the visitors have four straight victories to their name.
The Portuguese won the last encounter between the teams, coming through 2-1 in a Group B fixture at Euro 2012.
Portugal coach Paulo Bento has named a fairly settled squad for the encounter, with Fabio Coentrao, Pepe, Joao Moutinho and Cristiano Ronaldo all included.
The big team news for the Dutch is that Wesley Sneijder has been snubbed by coach Louis van Gaal, meaning that Robin van Persie takes over as captain.
Portugal: Beto; Coentrao, Alves, Pepe, Neto; Moutinho, Meireles, Veloso; Ronaldo, Postiga, Varela
Netherlands: Vermeer; Blind, Vlaar, Mathijsen, Janmaat; Strootman, Van der Vaart, De Guzman, Van Ginkel; Van Persie, Robben