Netherlands v England
BETTING & MATCH PREVIEW
On Thursday night, the Netherlands and England go head-to-head at the Estadio Dom Afonso Henriques in Portugal in the second of the Nations League semi-finals.
The Netherlands have enjoyed something of a revival under former Everton boss Ronald Koeman. The Oranje’s progress under Koeman is reflected in the fact that they topped their Nations League group ahead of France and bitter rivals Germany.
The Dutch have a mixed record in the Nations League, as they have won two, drawn one and lost one of their games in the competition. However, a three-game unbeaten run in their last three matches in the group was enough to see them through to the semi-finals.
Their recent form has been rather unconvincing, as they have won just three of their last seven international games. Last time out they suffered a 3-2 home defeat by Germany in a Euro 2020 qualifier.
England heads into this clash in good spirits, following an unbeaten run of seven games, including six victories. Gareth Southgate’s team have also won their last five international matches, scoring at least two goals in all five wins.
Like the Netherlands, the Three Lions are three games unbeaten in the Nations League, winning their last two matches against Spain and Croatia respectively. England’s games have been high-scoring in the Nations League, with three of their four matches producing over 2.5 goals.
One negative for England heading into this clash is that they have beaten the Dutch in just one of the last eight international meetings. However, that one win came last time these two teams met in March of last year.
Selections for both teams depends on the fitness of key players who appeared in Saturday’s Champions League final. Netherlands duo Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum both started for Liverpool, so maybe fitness doubts for the Dutch.
England had seven players in the Champions League final, with the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose and Trent Alexander-Arnold all featuring.
The big decision for England boss Southgate is whether to start with a barely fit Kane. He may decide instead to pick Marcus Rashford, as part of a front three alongside Jadon Sancho and Raheem Sterling.