Scotland vs Netherlands - Friendly - Match Preview

Scotland vs Netherlands – Friendly – Match Preview – The international break is upon us and sees the Netherlands travel to Scotland after both teams failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Both nations finished third in their respective World Cup qualifying groups so recent times haven’t favoured either Scotland or Holland.

In their most recent outing, the hosts drew with Slovenia in a heartbreaking result that if won, would have seen them to the next stage of qualifying for the World Cup. A goal from the ever-clinical Leigh Griffiths gave the Scots a flying start, however fortunes turned quickly and although an 88th minute goal from Robert Snodgrass got them on level terms, ultimately it was another frustrating campaign for the Scots. The Celtic striker along with Stoke’s Darren Fletcher will miss out after withdrawing from the squad.

The Netherlands ended their campaign in fine form, however their earlier mishaps cost them qualification. A first half brace against Sweden from Bayern Munich winger, Arjen Robben, wasn’t enough for the Netherlands to leapfrog their Scandinavian opponents. The 33 year old has now retired from international football after failing to qualify for the forthcoming World Cup.The Dutch squad is full to the brim of talent with many household names taking the field for Holland most times, however in recent years they have bitterly underperformed for some odd reason.

Arjen Robben calls time on international football at the age of 33 Photo Credit: skysports.com

Both sides have proven goal scorers and not the most solid of defensive lines so expect some goals in this one. Interim manager of Scotland, Malky Mackay has named his squad with a few new faces amongst the list. Paul Hanlon of Hibernian and Jason Cummings of Nottingham Forest have their first senior squad call-up. Regular, Scott Brown, should feature as the Scots will look to overpower the Dutch midfield with an abrasive high press. A negative for the Scots though as Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths, along with Stoke’s Darren Fletcher will miss out after withdrawing from the squad.

Cummings is likely to start on Thursday night Photo Credit: skysports.com

Skybet Match Result – Scotland to Win – 13/5

Holland have been dealt with some late injury news following Jurgen Locadia and Kenny Tete’s injuries. Luuk de Jong and Timothy Fosu-Mensah have joined up with the national side that has a lot of familiar faces. Wesley Sneijder and Kevin Strootman headline the midfield with Premier League stars Virgil Van Dijk and Nathan Ake bossing things at the back. Should be a great tie with some great players involved.

Skybet Correct Score Group Betting – Netherlands to Win 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2 – 7/1

 

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France vs Netherlands - Match Preview

France vs Netherlands – Match Preview – The international break is upon us as two of global football’s goliath’s face off in an incredibly competitive Group A World Cup Qualifying match.

Both Didier Deschamps’ France and Dick Advocaat’s Netherlands are currently trailing behind surprise table-toppers Sweden, in 2nd and 3rd respectively. France are just missing out on top spot on goal difference while The Oranje are a further three points behind.

The Dutch have had a tumultuous time since their 3rd place finish at the 2014 World Cup, coming 4th in their Euro 2016 qualifying group and missing out on qualification for a major tournament for the first time since the 2002 World Cup.

Losing to Bulgaria 2-0 in March saw Danny Blind, father of Daley, lose his position as coach as the two-time World Cup runners-up desperately seek a return to consistent form. There is a lot of work to be done to achieve that feat and emerge from this group with a place at the 2018 World Cup, however.

It is a somewhat different story for France, falling just short at home in the Euro 2016 final to Portugal, it hasn’t dispelled the optimism surrounding Les Blues – with an extremely talented side in terms of quality and depth Deschamps’ side are among the favourites to dominate world football in the coming years.

Navigating a tricky group is the first problem, as a draw with Belarus and a defeat to Sweden have proven. Dispatching the Netherlands will re-establish the French as firm favourites to qualify from Group A as group winners, though.

This match would normally need no build up anyway but victory for either side could be crucial to how their respective eras could be defined – France with so many potential world beaters (such as Mbappe, Dembele, Lemar, Pogba etc) and Netherlands with many coming to an end, perhaps another story could be written.

With just four games left and a seemingly ruthless Sweden it is likely one of these huge footballing countries will miss out – and it could depend on this very game.

Van Persie will need to provide the goals for the Netherlands Photo Credit: skysports.com

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Though Anthony Martial, Karim Benzema and Ousmane Dembele would easily get in most squads, the have been left out of the squad – illustrating the incredible strength in depth Deschamps has at his disposal. Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane also misses out through injury.

Dick Advocaat has serious concerns defensively, missing the talents of Virgil van Dijk, Nathan Ake, Daryl Janmaat and Jeffrey Bruma. So perhaps hopes will rest on the team’s offence, and maybe on all-time record goal-scorer Robin van Persie’s shoulders as he is welcomed back into the squad.

Antoine Griezmann can lead France to the World Cup Photo Credit: skysports.com

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Antoine Griezmann has cemented himself in the current upper echelons of world football with several exceptional seasons for Atletico Madrid and a fantastic Euro 2016 which saw him named as the tournament’s top scorer and its best player. The diminutive forward has scored 100 goals and assisted a further 33 in just 253 La Liga matches and is a pertinent threat from anywhere on the pitch. Pace, dribbling ability, lethal finishing, fantastic movement – you know it, the 26-year-old has got it. Griezmann will be an integral reason should France want to better their performance in Euro 2016 and create more glory days like those of the World Cup 1998 and Euro 2000.

 

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Women's Euro 2017 Final - Denmark vs Netherlands - Match Preview

Women’s Euro 2017 Final – Denmark vs Netherlands – Match Preview – The final of the 2017 UEFA Women’s EURO is upon us with surprise finalists Denmark facing the hosts, Netherlands. The tournament has provided plenty of shocks with defending champions Germany crashing out in the quarter finals having won the previous six tournaments in a row.

Netherlands

The host nation has really impressed since their opening match against Norway in Group A. Their potent attack of Lieke Martens, Vivienne Miedema and Shanice van de Sanden has helped the Netherlands score nine goals in their five outings. Not only the ‘Clockwork Orange’ attack has been prospering in front of a home crowd however; the defence has also illustrated stability and rigidness having only conceded once in their path to the final.

Women's Euro 2017 Final - Denmark vs Netherlands - Match Preview

The Netherlands have been in great form and home support will be an advantage Photo Credit: skysports.com

After gliding through the group stages without a hiccup, the hosts continued to showcase their class in their quarter-final against Sweden where goals from Barcelona winger Lieke Martens and Arsenal striker Vivienne Miedema elated a packed-out home crowd. The semi-final saw Netherlands face their toughest test against an England side who had been scoring for fun in the run up to the fixture. However, the hosts made lightwork of the English disposing of them in a clinical 3-0 victory. The ruthless, potent manor of the Netherlands style of play will make it hard to bet against them in this final.

Skybet Match Result – Netherlands to Win – 3/4

Denmark

Denmark have been defying the odds since the group stages in an impressive manor. Qualifying second through Group A, behind their final opponents, was unexpected for the Danes following a tough Group draw. Their final group stage victory over a strong Norwegian team saw them clinch second place in the group and a quarter final draw against tournament favourites, Germany.

Women's Euro 2017 Final - Denmark vs Netherlands - Match Preview

Denmark defeated Austria on penalties to reach the final Photo Credit: skysports.com

The Danes fairy-tale continued as two second half goals including a late winner from right-back, Theresa Nielsen, provided the tournaments biggest shock and saw them progress to the semi-final stages and draw the other surprise package of the EURO’s, Austria. Penalties decided the Danes fate, in which they held their nerve and beat the Austrian’s 3-0 to see them astoundingly reach the final of the tournament. The underdog story has captured the eyes of all Women’s football fans across Europe and although they will be playing against a difficult away crowd, plenty will be cheering for the underdogs back home.

Skybet Match Result – Denmark to Win – 15/4

 

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Netherlands vs England - Match Preview

Netherlands vs England – Match Preview – England face hosts Netherlands in the semi-final stage of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2017. Both sides have won all their matches so far in the tournament, with two good crowd followings behind them at their matches.

 Netherlands won all three of their group stage games; overcoming Norway, Denmark and Belgium. The host nation has continued to impress past that stage, beating a strong Swedish side in front of a sell out crowd in Doetinchem.

 Mark Sampson’s England side cruised through Group D, topping the standings above Scotland, Spain and Portugal. The ‘Lionesses’ then went on to beat France in the quarter-final in a tight and tense affair. Striker Jodie Taylor’s goal was the difference as she has added yet another to her tally in a promising bid to win the tournament’s golden boot award.

 Netherlands have given the home crowd much to cheer about since the first whistle was blown. The creative attacking three of Martens, Miedema and van de Sanden have been fantastic for the hosts, and can cause the English defence a lot of problems.

Lieke Martens will be a threat to the England defence with her pace and creativity Photo Credit: skysports.com

 Left sided attacker, Lieke Martens, has been one of the most dangerous attackers at the tournament. Her sheer pace and danger when she cuts in on her right foot has seen plenty of full-backs left for dead, whilst Vivienne Miedema of Arsenal has been the physical, clinical presence that has been required up front. With the backing of a home crowd, can Netherlands continue their perfect summer?

Skybet Match Result – Netherlands to Win in 90 mins – 2/1

Egland captain Steph Hughton will hope she can lead her team to the finals Photo Credit: skysports.com

 England have been one of, if not the most impressive team at this tournament so far. Mark Sampson’s tactics have seen his defence concede once in four showings; the same as their semi-final opponents. Captain, Steph Houghton, has been a leader on the pitch commanding the best from her defenders whilst producing a solid base for England at the back.

 Striker, Jodie Taylor, is in the form of her life so far at the tournament having netted five goals in three appearances. One to never miss the target, Netherlands will have to keep her on lock down if they are to have any chance of keeping a clean sheet.

 Can the ‘Lionesses’ continue an already incredible summer for English national sides by qualifying to the final?

Skybet Match Result – England to Win in 90 mins – 7/5

 

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Portugal vs England - Match Preview

Portugal vs England – Match Preview – England will face Portugal in their final group stage fixture at the 2017 Women’s EURO’s where they will be looking to secure top spot in Group D. Mark Sampson’s side are yet to concede a goal in the tournament and have scored eight in two matches. Spain came close to breaking down the tough English defence led by captain, Steph Houghton, however failed to do so. Portugal overcame a tough test against Scotland where a late counter attacking goal gave them their first win of the tournament, despite having spent plenty of the match on the back foot.

England have been the most impressive team in the tournament so far. Their clinical attack led by poacher, Jodie Taylor, has delivered plenty of creativity and goals thus far. The Arsenal striker has scored four goals in two matches and currently leads the tournament golden boot standings. She has been supported by attackers, Ellen White and Fran Kirby who have also had no trouble finding the back of the net.

Jodie Taylor tops the scoring charts in the tournament so far with 4 goals Photo Credit: skysports.com

England have illustrated their strength and depth with midfield and defence also impressing. Centre midfield rock, Jill Scott, continued her impressive form following the Scotland victory and defender, Lucy Bronze, has continued to showcase her attacking ability down the right side. All in all, England shouldn’t have too much trouble dispatching of this rather underwhelming Portugal side.

Skybet Correct Score Group Betting – England to win 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2 – 11/4

Portugal scraped through victory over Scotland in their last game Photo Credit: skysports.com

Portugal most recently took to the field against Scotland, where they narrowly won 2-1. The Portuguese seemed to struggle to string many passes together and were only dangerous in counter attacking scenarios. Scotland were able to give Portugal a tough 90 minutes where they were on the backfoot for plenty of it, so England will be another level all together. Trindade Coruche Mendes’ pace was Portugal’s biggest outlet, however were lucky Scotland were not clinical enough and squandered easy chances.

Portugal, like many nations at this tournament, are appearing for the first time. Manager Francisco Neto, has expressed his delight that his team were able to salvage three points in their first major tournament and will also believe his side have a good chance of qualification. Can Neto and his side create more history?

Skybet Match Result – Portugal to Win in 90 mins – 14/1

 

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Germany Women's vs Sweden Women's - Match Preview

Germany Women’s vs Sweden Women’s – Match Preview – The tournament’s most successful ever nation will kick off their campaign on Monday against a strong Swedish side. Both titans of the women’s game in Europe, this match promises to be one of the most entertaining matches of the group stages.

The German’s have won the last six European Championships in a row dating back to 1995; a rather astounding achievement from one of the World’s most dominant sporting nations. Unsurprisingly, the Germans are favourites to lift the trophy however face a tough first test against Sweden.

Sweden were the first ever nation to win the European Championships since UEFA’s ownership of the tournament in 1984. Since that historical campaign, the Swedes have fallen just short of lifting the trophy three times; losing in the 1987, 1995 and 2001 final, the two most recent at the hands of the Germans.

Germany captain Dzsenifer Marozsan Photo Credit: uefa.com

Germany will begin the defence of their title on Monday in good spirits; following a 3-1 win over Brazil in a recent friendly. Their World class players such as Anja Mittag, Sara Dabritz and captain Dzsenifer Marozsán is an indication that they are yet again the side to beat this tournament. Manager, Steffi Jones, has also given some of the young players a call-up in the German set-up with Lina Magull and Hasret Kayikci both earning their place after impressive seasons in the Frauen Bundesliga.

Skybet Price Boost – Germany to Win 1-0 – 9/2

Linda Sembrant will try to stop the German attack from breaching the Swedish defence

Sweden most recently took to the field against Mexico in a friendly match where they were successful in getting a 1-0 win. A first half goal from defender, Linda Sembrant, gave the Swedes a well-deserved victory as they will look to carry the momentum into their curtain raiser against the most feared nation in the tournament. Going toe to toe with Europe’s most dominant force in the women’s game will be a challenge the Swedish team will rise to, understanding they will have to sit back and soak up the pressure from Germany’s all-star attack. The Swedes are SkyBet’s 5th favourites to win the tournament outright, proving this match should be a blockbuster. Can Sweden provide a huge shock in their opener?

Skybet Match Result – Sweden to Win – 5/1

These two nations met at the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janiero where Germany came out victorious, 2-1. Will history repeat itself?

Skybet Correct Score – Germany to Win 2-1 – 15/2

 

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Netherlands Women's vs Norway Women's - Match Preview

Netherlands Women’s vs Norway Women’s – Match Preview – After much anticipation and build-up, the 2017 UEFA Women’s European Championships kick off with the hosts, Netherlands, facing two-time winners of the tournament, Norway. The streets of Utrecht will be filled with orange and red as both sets of fans will be hoping their sides can begin their campaigns with a victory. Record breaking attendances are to be expected throughout the tournament as the 12th official UEFA Women’s Euros kicks off this Sunday.

Vivianne Miedema plays her club football for Arsenal Ladies Photo Credit: fifa.com

Netherlands have been preparing for their opener with some friendly matches against Japan, Austria and Wales. The tournament hosts most recently dispatched of the Welsh in a 5-0 thrashing that saw Arsenal Ladies striker, Vivianne Miedema, score two second half goals to silence the Welsh Women. The friendlies left the Dutch in good spirits heading into the tournament with a 3-0 win over Austria prior to the Wales match; proving they are having no problem finding the back of the net. Dutch manager and legend, Sarina Weigman, appears to be in a motivated mood ahead of their curtain raiser; believing she can lead her side all the way to lifting the trophy for the first time in history.  It’s very common at the Women’s Euros for the hosts to win their opener, can Netherlands continue the trend?

Skybet Match Result – Netherlands to Win – 6/5

Norway Women are the second most successful nation in the history of the UEFA Women’s Euros behind the ever-dominant, Germany. Norway beat the Netherlands when they met in the group stage at the last Euros, 1-0, and went on to top the group whilst Netherlands finished bottom. Norway most recently took to the field for a friendly against France where they drew 1-1 thanks to a late equaliser by Maren Mjelde. Norway have a great history against the Dutch; having won 11 of their 14 competitive meetings. All these factors will give the Norwegians a mental boost heading into the tournament opener where the bookmakers have them as outsiders.

Skybet Match Result – Norway to Win – 21/10

Netherlands and Norway are in Group A with Belgium and Denmark who will be kicking off their campaigns after this match on Sunday.

This match is the first #BetalystGameOfDay for the UEFA 2017 Women’s Euros and is sure to be a tight and tense affair. Expect goals from these two sides as their attackers are some of the most dangerous in the tournament.

Skybet Under/Over 2.5 Goals – Over 2.5 Goals in 90 mins – 10/11