Netherlands and England Battle for a Spot in the First United Nations Final

Last updated: June 6, 2019 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Thursday, 19:45
Venue: Estádio D. Afonso Henriques
Coverage: ITV
Home Form: N/A
Away Form: N/A
Last Meeting: Netherlands 0 – 1 England
Competition: UEFA Nations League

It doesn’t seem all that long ago that the England faithful were roaring along to the frenzy of “It’s coming home!”. Just last summer the optimistic feeling gripped the nation, and the fans truly believed it was time for England to win a major trophy. Although the UEFA Nations League cannot be compared in terms of prestige to the World Cup, it is a brand new competition and if England do go all the way, the celebrations will surely be immense.

With many considering them to have the best defence in the world, Netherlands is a team packed full of youthful talent. The starting centre-backs are truly some of the greatest players to ever represent their country, Virgil Van Dijk and Mathias de Ligt both have been dominant at the centre-back position throughout the entirety of this season. With Van Dijk coming off a Champions League win, a defender that wasn’t dribbled past once in the Premier League last season, he will be full of confidence about containing the England strike force. The midfield is strong also, with Gini Wijnaldum and Frenkie de Jong both in excellent form, they will surely seek to dominate possession as they so much enjoy to do – and press the England team quickly in the rare occasion they lose the ball.

England is a side very much in transition. Coming off the World Cup campaign last year, there are in fact a few new additions to the squad. Most notably in the attacking department is the Chelsea academy graduate Hudson-Odoi, and the star player of Borussia Dortmund, Jadon Sancho. With both young lions seeking to make a name for themselves for their country, Gareth Southgate does not have an easy task when it comes to the selection of the team. There is talent all over the pitch of course, and competition for places is probably the highest it has been in an England team for the past decade. Will this translate to success, one can only hope so!

This game is set to be a cracker, and with both teams full of players who have had incredibly successful seasons for their respective clubs, it will no doubt be a highly charged and contested affair that will see the worlds best young players battle it out in this new competition.

Team News

England haven’t lost in their last 7 games.

England have a winning streak of 5 matches.

Netherlands narrowly lost to Germany last time out 2-3.

Champions League winners will be starting on both sides with several Liverpool players representing both nations.

Expected Line-Ups:

Netherlands (4-3-3): Cillessen, Dumfries, de Ligt, Van Dijk, Blind, Wijnaldum, de Roon, de Jong, Promes, Depay, Babel
Subs: Ake, Berghuis, Bergwijn, Bizot, de Jong, Hateboer, Rosario, Strootman, van Aanholt, van de Beek, Vilhena, Zoet
Not available:
England (4-3-3): Pickford, Rose, Keane, Stones, Alexander-Arnold, Alli, Henderson, Rice, Hudson-Odoi, Sancho, Sterling
Subs: Butland, Chilwell, Heaton, Henderson, Kane, Tarkowski, Trippier, Ward-Prowse, Wilson
Not available:

Head to Head

Last meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
23/03/2018 Friendly Netherlands 0 – 1 England Lingard 59’
29/03/2016 Friendly England 1 – 2 Netherlands Vardy 41’
29/02/2012 Friendly England 2 – 3 Netherlands Robben 57’
12/08/2009 Friendly Netherlands 2 – 2 England Rooney 27’
15/11/2006 Friendly Netherlands 1 – 1 England Lampard 16’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

The bookmakers have England as a slight favourite, but in reality this is a very difficult game to call. With extra time being a very likely possibility, calling a winner in 90 mins seems like a very difficult bet to make. Despit the strength at the back, both teams should find the back of the net in this game. Take over 2.5 goals at Evens with Coral.