The two most notable absentees from this summer’s World Cup go head-to-head in Turin on Monday 4th June. Italy, now managed by Roberto Mancini, will be slight favourites against Ronald Koeman’s Netherlands as both sides look to rebuild for the future.
Where and when: Juventus Stadium, Turin – 04 June, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Italy v Netherlands: William Hill
Last time: Italy triumphed 2-1 the last time the two sides met, in a friendly in Italy back in March 2017 thanks to goals from Eder and Leonardo Bonucci, after an own goal from Alessio Romagnoli had given the Dutch the lead.
Italy v Netherlands Predictions and Preview
Italy finally have a sense of optimism after having missed out on this summer’s finals, with the appointment of former Inter and Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.
The Azzurri have just two wins in their last eight prior to Mancini and had not tasted victory in their last four, which included a qualification playoff defeat to Sweden.
The Netherlands, who finished third in the 2014 World Cup, will also miss out on this summer’s tournament and no longer can call on Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder or Robin van Persie.
A new-look side is starting to get better results, winning nine of their last 11 matches including a 3-0 victory at European champions Portugal.
The Italians are favourites to win this game at odds of 9/10, with a Netherlands victory available at 3/1 and the draw priced at 5/2.
Under 2.5 goals is available at 6/10 while over 2.5 goals is priced at 6/5.
A ‘double chance’ on the Netherlands to battle their way to either a draw or a win is available at 4/3.
If you fancy Italy to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 39/20.
One to watch for Italy: Mario Balotelli is back in the Italy international fold and he has scored 13 goals in his 33 international caps to date – the most in Mancini’s panel, while he has 43 goals in 66 appearances for Nice.
One to watch for Netherlands: Memphis Depay has a respectable nine goals from 36 international caps but has been in wonderful form for Lyon this season, scoring 22 times in 51 appearances.
Long shot: Italy have just four goals in their last eight games and Netherlands have conceded just once in their last five outings. A scoreless draw after 90 minutes in this game is available at odds of 8/1.