Italy battle fellow Nations League hopefuls Netherlands in top-of-the-table action. The Azzurri are in scintillating form and have a squad bursting with talent, while the Oranje are enjoying a similar upturn in fortune after undergoing a forensic rebuild. Frank de Boer takes charge for the third time following his appointment as Ronald Koeman’s successor.
Where and when: Gewiss Stadium, Bergamo – 14 October, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Italy vs. Netherlands: Sky Sports Red Button
Last time: Nicolo Barella’s header was the difference in Amsterdam.
Italy v Netherlands Predictions and Preview
Mancini made wholesale changes for the 6-0 drubbing of Moldova and, such is the strength in depth at the former Manchester City tactician’s disposal, the performance and scoreline was only positively affected.
Salvatore Sirigu is a more than able deputy for Gigio Donnarumma, while Gianluca Mancini and Francesco Acerbi stood in for first-choice pairing Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Domenico Berardi to score anytime||16/5||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||7/2||Offer|
|Italy to win 2-1||17/2||Offer|
The one area the Italy boss does have a selection dilemma, though, is at full-back. Alessandro Florenzi has played a large part of his career there, but is not an orthodox right-back. Danilo D’Ambrosio has never let Inter down and Manuel Lazzari is also back in the mix.
On the left flank Cristiano Biraghi, Emerson Palmieri and Leonardo Spinazzola are jostling for position and the Fiorentina ace is likely to get the nod. Biraghi plays on the front foot and chipped in with a handful of vital goals and assists for Inter last term.
The 28-year-old is an attractive 18/1 to net anytime and will spend the majority of the contest in Netherlands’ half of the pitch. Ciro Immobile is 23/5 to open proceedings, while fellow attacker Federico Chiesa is available at 15/2. Stephan El Shaarawy is 14/5 to net anytime and Italy are 21/20 to scoop the spoils.
Memphis Depay will be tasked with unsettling the Azzurri backline. The Lyon skipper was widely expected to link up with Koeman at Barcelona but saw his move collapse on deadline day. The ex-Manchester United man has put his disappointment behind him and is 7/2 to register first.
Luuk de Jong will be a haunting face for the Inter based players in Italy’s camp after his Europa League heroics, and the burly hitman is 5/1 to notch the final effort of the showdown. The Oranje are 13/5 to leave with all three points and the draw is 23/10.
One to watch for Italy: Francesco Caputo will have been inspired by Fabio Quagliarella and Mancini will continue to pick the Sassuolo hero provided he continues to score at club level. The forward is 15/2 to bag last.
One to watch for Netherlands: Hans Hateboer plies his trade with Atalanta and will be playing on home soil. The marauding Dutchman has an eye for goal, provides constant width and is 8/1 to score anytime.
Long shot: Italy put in an assured display in the reverse fixture and executed their game plan perfectly. The Azzurri have the edge offensively and look unstoppable in current form. A 3-0 success is 18/1 and would go some way to sealing Mancini’s troops’ place in the final four of the competition.