The Netherlands and England go toe-to-toe on Thursday evening, as both countries bid for glory in the inaugural UEFA Nations League. Both squads are full of potential, and this could be a cracking game of football between two sides who like to attack.
Where and when: Estadio Dom Afonso Henriques – Nations League – 6 June, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Netherlands vs. England: Sky Sports, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Jesse Lingard was England’s match-winner as the Three Lions triumphed 1-0 at the Johan Cruyff Arena in March 2018.
Netherlands v England Predictions and Preview
The Nations League has brought a renewed level of excitement to international football, and that continues into the summer for the four semi-finalists. With hosts Portugal taking on Switzerland the night before, these sides will know who awaits them in the final by the time they kick-off on Thursday evening.
For England, this is a wonderful opportunity to lift a major international trophy for the first time in 53 years. Not since their 1966 World Cup win have the Three Lions called themselves champions of any significant competition, and winning this tournament would be an excellent way to build on the success of last summer.
The Netherlands have certainly progressed since failing to reach Russia 2018 and Euro 2016, prevailing from the most difficult group of the competition ahead of France and Germany, the last two World Cup winners. Ronald Koeman has got his country excited about their Oranje again, helped in no small measure by a raft of exciting young talents such as Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong.
|England to win 2-1||8/1||Offer|
|England to win and BTTS||4/1||Offer|
|Kane to score first||4/1||Offer|
Their opponents are also blessed with some outstanding prospects, not least the likes of Jadon Sancho, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Marcus Rashford. The England side is bursting at the seams with pace, and boasts a number of the Premier League’s top performers, plus a smattering of newly-crowned European champions.
Harry Kane was on the losing side as Liverpool beat Tottenham in Madrid on Saturday, and there are fitness doubts over the England captain following a below-par display at the Wanda Metropolitano. He’ll be desperate to start and make an impact though, and is the favourite to break the deadlock at 4/1.
The outcome of this tie is likely to rest on which team can produce the most assured defensive performance. The Netherlands shipped three goals as they lost 3-2 at home to Germany in their last match, a Euro 2020 qualifying fixture. They’ve conceded in seven of their last 10 games, while England have only kept five clean sheets in their last 15 fixtures.
The Three Lions have the attacking players to cause the Dutch lots of problems, but Southgate’s side are far from watertight at the back. With that in mind, both teams to score is 4/5 in this game, with England to win and BTTS priced at 4/1. If you’re after outright odds, England are 31/20 for the win inside 90 minutes, with the Netherland priced at 11/5.
One to watch for the Netherlands: Former Manchester United forward Memphis Depay has rediscovered his form for Lyon in France, and scored four goals in his last six Ligue 1 games this season. He has seven in his last eight for the Netherlands, and is 6/1 to open the scoring here.
One to watch for England: Raheem Sterling has also been in superb goalscoring form of late. He scored twice in Manchester City’s resounding FA Cup final victory over Watford, and has six goals in his last five games for his country. The English forward is also 6/1 to break the deadlock.
Long shot: These countries haven’t met in a competitive fixture since England hammered the Netherlands 4-1 at Euro 96. The Three Lions are out at 45/1 to thrash the Oranje by the same scoreline to reach the Nations League final in style.