Italy travel to Group 1 frontrunners Netherlands needing all three points to keep their Nations League hopes alive. The Azzurri stuttered to a 1-1 draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina on Matchday 1 while the Oranje beat Poland courtesy of a Steven Bergwijn tap in. Roberto Mancini’s men have won 11 of their last 12 matches.
Where and when: Sky Sports
Where you can see Netherlands vs. Italy: Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam – 7 September, kick-off 19:45
Last time: Simone Zaza and Nathan Ake netted during the Turin friendly in June 2018.
Netherlands vs. Italy Predictions and Preview
Dwight Lodeweges will have been pleased with his troops’ response to Ronald Koeman’s departure on Friday night. The Oranje did enough to claim the spoils but will need to raise their performance levels against fellow heavyweights Italy.
Netherlands lined up in a 4-2-3-1 with Frenkie de Jong the star of the show. The Barcelona playmaker was instrumental in the lead up to the goal and offered drive and purpose in an otherwise scrappy encounter.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Draw and both teams to score||7/2||Offer|
|Federico Chiesa to score first||17/2||Offer|
|Italy to win 2-1||11/1||Offer|
New Manchester United acquisition Donny van de Beek appeared in the second-half but is pushing for a starting berth at the expense of either Georginio Wijnaldum or the more defensively minded Marten de Roon who will be a familiar face to the visitors.
Van De Beek struck on 14 occasions for Ajax during the 2019-20 season and also laid on seven assists for his former team-mates and will offer support to Memphis Depay in attack. The 23-year-old is 18/5 to register anytime.
Depay, like compatriot Wijnaldum, is reportedly close to linking up with De Jong at club level and is 5/1 favourite to open proceedings. The Lyon skipper will battle it out with Juventus stalwarts Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini fresh from dumping the Bianconeri out of the Champions League. The Oranje are 11/10 to record a second Nations League triumph and the draw is 9/4.
Elsewhere, Italy were left frustrated by their inability to break down a resolute Bosnia backline. Mancini fielded Andrea Belotti up front but Ciro Immobile is likely to return.
The Golden Shoe winner has yet to replicate his domestic form on the international stage but will be given another opportunity to cement as the number one forward in the ranks. Immobile is 13/2 to score first and will be flanked by Lorenzo Insigne and in-demand Federico Chiesa. The Azzurri are 5/2 to get their campaign back on track.
One to watch for Netherlands: The Oranje tend to play without an orthodox centre-forward but can call upon Luuk de Jong if required in the closing stages. The Europa League hero for Sevilla is 5/1 to bag the final effort.
One to watch for Italy: Nicolo Zaniolo is a special talent and it is inevitable the Roma midfielder plies his trade for one of Europe’s biggest clubs in the not too distant future. The Massa native is 21/2 in the same betting.
Long shot: There is immense mutual respect between two nations who have endured similar heartache in recent years. The Oranje have rebuilt after missing out on the 2018 World Cup and Italy too suffered the same fate. Both are now on the right path but only one squad can advance to the next phase of the competition. A goalless outcome, with the Azzurri still lacking sharpness, is 17/2.