Portugal vs. Netherlands Preview

Sunday’s match in Kharkiv sees Portugal face 1988 winners the Netherlands, with the latter knowing that victory is imperative if they are to have any chance of qualifying from Group B. They must beat Portugal by two clear goals, as well as hoping fierce rivals Germany pick up all three points in their game against Denmark.

Sunday’s match in Kharkiv sees Portugal face 1988 winners the Netherlands, with the latter knowing that victory is imperative if they are to have any chance of qualifying from Group B. They must beat Portugal by two clear goals, as well as hoping fierce rivals Germany pick up all three points in their game against Denmark.

This is the first meeting of the sides since Portugal’s 1-0 victory booked their place in the 2006 World Cup quarter finals. A goal from midfielder Maniche was enough to separate the sides in a game which saw a record four sending’s off, resulting in the match later being referred to as the Battle of Nuremburg.

Bwin give odds of 10.5 (19/2) that more than one red card will be shown this time around, whilst Bet Fred offer 3.75 (11/4) for there to be at least one sending off in the game; both teams will have to be disciplined if they are to have the best chance of progressing in the competition.

The Netherlands are 2.50 (6/4) favourites to win the game, with Portugal at a best price of 2.88 (15/8) with Paddy Power. The draw, which would only suit Portugal should Germany not lose to Denmark, is around 3.50 (5/2).

Three points would definitely see Portugal through, even if Denmark beat Germany, due to their 3-2 victory against the Danes in L’viv on Wednesday.

Despite misfiring in the tournament so far, captain Cristiano Ronaldo is generally regarded by the bookmakers as the favourite to open the scoring, though some firms are offering the same odds for Robin Van Persie to get the first goal.

Whoever nets first, one thing that is highly likely is that there will be an end to end game, so you may well be tempted to back there to be four or more goals at 3.0 (2/1) with Sporting Bet.

BABEL FACES TWITTER FALL-OUT

Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has once again fallen into troubled times following an update on his Twitter account. Ryan Babel has already had bad experiences with sharing his views on Twitter when he was at Liverpool.

However, it seems that he has not learned from his mistakes after it was revealed that the Hoffenheim player could be punished for calling the referee as being on drugs. Hoffenheim lost in the match against Hertha Berlin recently, which prompted Ryan Babel to come out with a statement that appeared to suggest that the referee was on drugs.

Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has once again fallen into troubled times following an update on his Twitter account. Ryan Babel has already had bad experiences with sharing his views on Twitter when he was at Liverpool.

However, it seems that he has not learned from his mistakes after it was revealed that the Hoffenheim player could be punished for calling the referee as being on drugs. Hoffenheim lost in the match against Hertha Berlin recently, which prompted Ryan Babel to come out with a statement that appeared to suggest that the referee was on drugs.

As a result, the German Football Federation has revealed that they will be opening an investigation into the matter. It is extremely likely that Ryan Babel will be punished with a huge fine for this statement on the social networking site Twitter.

Back in January 2011, Ryan Babel was punished with a £ 10,000 fine from the English football association after posting a picture of referee Howard Webb dressed in a Manchester United shirt. Howard Webb has always seen as a referee who favours Manchester United with his decisions, but it was Ryan Babel who became the first to come out with this audacious picture.

“I don’t know, I think the ref was on drugs,” said Ryan Babel immediately after the end of the match on his Twitter account. It is also very likely that the Dutchman will leave the club in the summer after failing to impress since joining from Liverpool in the summer. Babel also received two yellow cards in just 2 min to get his marching orders in the 3-1 defeat against Hertha Berlin. It has been a very poor season for Hoffenheim, who finished in the 11th position in the table – 19 points away from the final Champions League qualification places.

BABEL CRITICISED BY TEAM-MATE

Ryan Babel who moved on from Liverpool to Hoffenheim has been known for his excellent skill and performance.

This has even been reflected on his scores which go on to show that he has been the highest scorer for Hoffenheim.

However, of late, he has been accused of not putting in enough effort for the team. The allegations come from none other than his own team mate Tom Starke. Starke has gone on to say that Ryan has not been showing positive attitude for quite a few weeks and this has gone on to reflect on the poor performance in the matches.

Ryan Babel who moved on from Liverpool to Hoffenheim has been known for his excellent skill and performance.

This has even been reflected on his scores which go on to show that he has been the highest scorer for Hoffenheim.

However, of late, he has been accused of not putting in enough effort for the team. The allegations come from none other than his own team mate Tom Starke. Starke has gone on to say that Ryan has not been showing positive attitude for quite a few weeks and this has gone on to reflect on the poor performance in the matches.

Ryan Babel in retaliation made sure that he maintained his calm and in a composed manner sarcastically gave it back to Starke by saying that a poor performance in the match is due to the entire team as a whole and not any individual’s. Just like it’s a team effort when a victory takes place, similarly the team should learn to unanimously join hands together when there is a loss.

Instead of complaining and pointing fingers at one another, Ryan feels Starke should go on to practice and improve his game. This hit at the criticism made by Starke has kept him speechless and he had no words to give back to Ryan who seemed to be quite right in what he said. It’s not always right to blame the best player in the team for a mishap.

If that’s the case, why not praise the best player for a victory. Football is a game of coordination as well and a team effort. Hence any loss should be taken in a competitive spirit and care should be taken to ensure that the team performs better. These thoughts by Ryan Babel have made all the critics think before they speak again.