Big Phil Scolari is no stranger to luck himself but recent history has not been kind to the host nation of the European Championships.
Disdainful of penalty practices, at loggerheads with the Dutch press, Advocaat possesses the same arrogant streak that has been endemic in Dutch football since the golden era of the 1970s.
But what really put the cat amongst the pigeons was the substitution of lively Chelsea-bound winger Arjen Robben with defensive midfielder Paul Bosvelt whilst 2-1 up in the Group D encounter with the Czech Republic.
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The Dutch went on to lose the game 3-2 and Advocaat, who is expected to resign after this campaign, was roundly criticised back home. In fact, the abuse became so bad that the Prime Minister had to intervene after a TV presenter called for Advocaat to be stoned and hung.
"In my job there is always criticism and I accept that," he said. "But some people violated every rule of decent behaviour [...] this goes against the way I was raised."
Nevertheless, the squad itself is looking more unified than for many a year, which can only spell trouble for Portugal. As does the fact that Holland have overcome their penalty hoodoo and look to have re-acquainted themselves with Lady Luck.
Defender Frank de Boer remains the only Dutch absentee and has probably played his last game for Holland after being ruled out of the Portugal clash with ankle ligament damage.
Advocaat has also hinted that he may start with Marc Overmars on the right wing, saying he is unsatisfied with Andy van der Meyde's contribution.
SCOLARI SNIPES AT DUTCH TACTICS
Just as the Netherlands have overcome their penalty jinx, Portugal will be hoping to show similar disdain for destiny. The last four host nations have all lost in the semi-finals -- while Portugal's own record at this stage of major competitions reads played three, lost three.
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is doing his bit to make sure fate plays no part at all, urging Swedish referee Anders Frisk to be alert to dirty Dutch tricks in Wednesday's Euro 2004 semi-final.
"Reiziger lifts his feet off the ground when he takes the throw-ins, while Ruud van Nistelrooy often stands offside at free kicks and gains an advantage by doing so," said Scolari, who has also accused the the Manchester United man of diving.
Scolari has no injury worries, with centre-back Jorge Andrade and centre forward Nuno Gomes recovering well from ankle knocks sustained against England.
"There's a strong percentage chance that both will be available," said Portuguese team doctor Henrique Jones.
Andrade would start the game alongside Ricardo Carvalho in the back four. Pauleta returns from suspension, but may not displace Nuno Gomes up front.
Probable teams:
NETHERLANDS (4-1-4-1): 1-van der Sar; 2-Reiziger, 3-Stam, 4-Bouma, 5-van Bronckhorst; 6-Cocu; 20-Seedorf, 16-Overmars, 8-Davids, 19-Robben; 10-van Nistelrooy
PORTUGAL (4-2-3-1): 1-Ricardo; 13-Miguel, 16-Ricardo Carvalho, 4-Andrade, 14-Nuno Valente; 6-Costinha, 18-Maniche; 7-Figo, 20-Deco, 17-Cristiano Ronaldo; 21-Nuno Gomes
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