The Netherlands entertain Spain at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Wednesday night, as these two countries gear up for a crucial week of Nations League fixtures. Both teams have work to do in their groups if they want to progress to the finals, with a positive performance in this rearranged friendly potentially crucial.
Where and when: Johan Cruyff Arena – 11 November, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Netherlands vs. Spain: Sky Sports
Last time: Holland beat Spain 2-0 in a friendly at the Johan Cruyff Arena back in 2015, with Stefan de Vrij and Davy Klaassen netting the goals early on.
Netherlands v Spain Predictions and Preview
This friendly fixture has been postponed from late March due to the intervention of the coronavirus pandemic, with both countries facing somewhat different outlooks from where they were nearly eight months ago. The Netherlands and Spain will both be looking for a big performance ahead of their competitive matches in the coming week.
Holland have enjoyed the greater success in this fixture over recent years, only losing one of their last seven matches against Spain, winning five. However, that Spanish victory was in the final of the 2010 World Cup, when Andres Iniesta secured football’s greatest prize for La Roja late in extra-time.
The Oranje thrashed Spain 5-2 in the opening group game of the following tournament in Brazil, but that erased few scars from the previous cycle. This week’s game represents another chance for the Netherlands to further consign that painful defeat to history, and they have a good chance of doing so at 2/1 with William Hill.
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Netherlands to win and BTTS
Netherlands to win 2-1
Depay to score first
Frank de Boer may still be new to the job and yet to fully find his feet as the Holland coach, but he still has a seriously talented group of players to call on. Captain Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt aren’t available for this game, but the likes of Frenkie de Jong, Donny van de Beek, Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay are all present and correct.
Spain boss Luis Enrique, meanwhile, will be without Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara, while in-form Juventus striker Alvaro Morata has been left out of the squad. Forward options for the visitors include Leeds United’s Rodrigo, Manchester City’s Ferran Torres and Wolves’ Adama Traore, as well as teenage prodigy, Ansu Fati.
The Barcelona forward brings a real air of positivity to a squad which falls well below the quality of yesteryear, although stalwart Sergio Ramos is closing in on his double century of caps. Sergio Busquets will win his 120th cap if he plays in this game, while Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea appears to have won the No.1 jersey back from Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga. The visitors are the 11/7 favourites for the win, with the draw priced at 23/10.
One to watch for Netherlands: Memphis Depay missed out on a summer move to Barcelona, and the former Man United forward will want to show his suitors what they’re missing in these Netherlands v Spain predictions. He is 6/1 to do so by opening the scoring.
One to watch for Spain: Ansu Fati is the big future hope of Spanish football. The 18-year-old has one international goal from his four caps so far, and five goals already this season for Barcelona.
Long shot: Scorecasts are usually a great way to secure big odds on your weekly betslip. We’re backing a 2-1 win for the Netherlands in this game, and you can get 69/1 on that result twinned with Depay as the first goalscorer.