The Netherlands Women will begin the 2023 Women’s World Cup campaign on Sunday morning (08.30) when they meet Portugal Women at the Forsyth Barr Stadium.

The Oranje will be keen to go one step further this summer and improve on their runners-up status, while Portugal are one of the eight sides that are making their debut on the global stage in Australia and New Zealand.

These two sides met last year in Group C at Euro 2022, with the Netherlands claiming a narrow win – and all three points – on that occasion in a five-goal thriller.

Netherlands Women vs Portugal Women Tips

  • Netherlands to win and both teams to score @ 2/1
  • Lieke Martens to score in 90 minutes @ 6/4

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Notably, the Netherlands will be without Vivianne Miedema this summer. The Arsenal star has spent the best part of a year on the sidelines recovering from a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Meanwhile, Portugal have no major injury concerns heading into the tournament.

Netherlands to win and both teams to score @ 2/1

 The Netherlands have won three of their last four games in all competitions, scoring 13 goals in that period while conceding just twice. The Netherlands have outscored Portugal 23-9 in their eight meetings thus far and are expected to have the upper hand against Portugal here.

Portugal’s only win against the 2017 European champions came in the 2003 World Cup qualifiers back in 2001. They have kept clean sheets in their last two games in all competitions – and are on a three-game unbeaten streak –  and will look to leave a good account of themselves in their first match at the World Cup.

Considering Netherlands’ recent record in competitive games and better head-to-head record against Portugal, we expect them to secure a comfortable win. However, I fancy Portugal to get on the scoresheet as they  have scored 22 goals in the last 10 internationals, averaging 2.2 a game.

Lieke Martens to score in 90 minutes @ 6/4

The Paris-Saint Germain forward has scored four in her last five appearances for the national team, and is an integral part of this Netherlands side – she was voted player of the tournament when Oranje won the European Championship in 2017, and was voted UEFA women’s player of the year consequently.

Martens scored four goals during the Netherlands’ qualifying campaign for the World Cup and already has scored three goals at this level, including the country’s maiden goal on the global stage against New Zealand back in 2015, so I think she will get on the scoresheet here.

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