A classic clash in the second Nations League semi-final between Netherlands and England, after both managed to surprise their fellow group members by topping their respective groups on the final round of matches. A place in the final of tournament versus either Portugal or Switzerland at stake and a confirmed place at the Euro’s next summer, this match really does prove to be an incredible match.
Holland managed to come out on top of their group after claiming two very impressive wins over France 2-0 & Germany 3-0 and accumulating seven points over the four games. Which in a group with such European pedigree is a great feat from Ronald Koeman’s side and they’ll be looking to build on that as they come up against another massive European footballing nation in England.
England on the other hand also managed seven points in their four matches, with an incredibly impressive victory over Spain in their third group match. Gareth Southgate’s young squad seem to be going from strength to strength as time goes by and they build towards Euro 2020. England will definitely be buoyed by recent results, as they are currently on a five-match winning streak, with the aforementioned victory over Spain and a crucial 2-1 victory over Croatia. The Three Lions have started their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign in imperious form, with a 5-0 victory over Czech Republic and a 5-1 victory over Montenegro in Podgorica really kickstarting their qualification campaign.
After their heroics in Madrid on Saturday night, Liverpool duo Van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum met up with the rest of the Netherlands squad on Monday. Both are very likely to slot straight into Ronald Koeman’s plans, especially talismanic captain Van Dijk, who will be looking to guide his country to some silverware and again cementing his claim for the Ballon D’or.
Winger Ryan Babel has become a regular fixture in Ronald Koeman’s plans and the experienced forward is expected to retain his spot in the starting lineup. On the other flank, Steven Bergwijn and Quincy Promes are battling for the starting spot. Stylish Lyon striker Memphis Depay is expected to lead the line as he looks to continue his great form for club and country.
Ajax trio, Mathijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong and Donny van de Beek are all expected to start the tie as they look to carry on their Eredivisie title winning and Champions League semi-finalists form. With de Jong completing his move to Barcelona and the other pair being the name on everyone’s lips regarding summer transfers, it could be a great platform to showcase their obvious talents.
On the other hand, Gareth Southgate has the headache arising that his squad had seven players involved in Saturday’s Champions League final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool. This will obviously be playing on his mind when it comes to naming his starting eleven, with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Harry Kane all likely to come straight into the starting lineup.
Harry Kane is likely to be supported on the flanks by electric wingers Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho, who have been incredible this season for both club and country. Gareth Southgate’s headache comes in the midfield as he may look to use Eric Dier in front of the back four. In the defence, John Stones is expected to return and partner Harry Maguire in a four-man defence, with the possibility of Michael Keane being used in a five-man defence.
Both sides have won plaudits this season for their attacking threat and defensive solidarity, but with this being a straight shootout match, I’m expecting both teams to go hammer and tong. You can back Both Teams to Score @ 1.72, this seems pretty big to me given both teams attacking status and the nature of the tie. I also like the look of Holland Draw No Bet @ 2.10, England are notorious for promising so much and faltering when the going gets tough. Southgate’s men will need to be at their very best if they are to brush Holland aside and as already proved in this competition, the Dutch really do mean business.
From a goal-scorer perspective, I’m liking the price of both Raheem Sterling & Memphis Depay @ 2.75, both have been in great form in front of goal for their respective clubs. With the fast-flowing nature of both team’s attack, these prominent figures will be close to their action.
Both Teams to Score @ 1.72
Holland Draw No Bet @ 2.10
Memphis Depay to Score Anytime @ 2.75