Big Game Focus: Netherlands v England


The Netherlands and England battle it out for a place in the first-ever UEFA Nations League final against Portugal who beat Switzerland 3-1 last night. England will be looking to bring home their first silverware in over 50 years, while the Netherlands will be aiming to end their 30-year wait for a trophy. Who will come out on top? Bet on the UEFA Nations League here.

After missing out on back-to-back tournaments, Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, the Netherlands are looking good again. They have drastically improved since their shambolic qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup. They defeated Germany and World Cup champions France to reach this point. Ronald Koeman has definitely resuscitated this slumbering giant and are aiming for silverware after decades of near-misses.

England, on the other hand, are also in the same predicament as the Oranje. They have not won a major tournament since their 1966 World Cup triumph which seems like centuries ago. Success in the Euros and the World Cup has eluded them ever since. However, they have a chance to play in the final of the inaugural UEFA Nations League if they beat the Oranje. Can Gareth Southgate and his team finish the job?

Betting preview

The Three Lions have been superb since that painful exit at the World Cup semi-final stage. They have won six of their eight matches since then and lost just once, scoring a staggering 20 goals in a run which included their first ever win away in Spain in over three decades. The Englishmen also have the momentum having won their last five matches on the spin. The Oranje have won just two of their last five matches. Therefore, you can back an England Win at odds of 2.35.

Three of the last five encounters between these two European giants has seen at least three goals. England’s last five matches and Oranje three of their last five matches have seen Over 2.5 Goals in their last five matches. Therefore, you can back Over 2.5 Goals at odds of 1.90.

In the last five meetings between these two, both teams have found the back of the net. Both teams have two clean sheets in their last five matches. Therefore, odds of 1.75 for Both Teams to Score look attractive.

Team news

Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum are doubtful for this clash.

England do not have any serious injury concerns.

Possible line-ups

Netherlands: Cillessen, Dumfries, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Blind, De Roon, de Jong, Wijnaldum, Promes, Depay, Babel

England: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Chilwell, Henderson, Rice, Barkley, Sancho, Rashford, Sterling