Netherlands vs England
Thursday 6th June 2019
UEFA Nations League semi-final, Estadio D.Afonso Henriques
Live on Sky Sports Main Event – Kick Off: 19:45 BST
Netherlands vs England: Two of the world’s most up-and-coming sides go head to head in Portugal, with England and Netherlands looking to make the final of the UEFA Nations League.
Gareth Southgate’s side will feel confident of success in Portugal and are the bookies’ favourite to claim silverware. The Three Lions topped a group containing Spain and World Cup semi-finalists Croatia to make it to this point. Harry Kane is expected to start for England after returning to International duty following his Champions League disappointment with Tottenham. The final was the Englishman’s first start since April, but he is expected to go up against Virgil van Dijk for the second time in five days. Jadon Sacho’s fine form for Borussia Dortmund should see him retain his spot on the right, with Premier League winner Raheem Sterling on the other flank. England’s last defeat in normal time was almost a year ago. That came again Spain in 2018, which highlights how far this group has come in that time.
Whilst England’s attack has frightened some of the best defences in the world, the Netherlands have their talismanic captain, fresh from tasting Champions League glory. Van Dijk is partnered by Matthijs De Ligt, who is also one of the most sought after men in world football. In midfield, Frenkie De Jong and Gini Wijnaldum will try to orchestrate the engine room, leaving Memphis Depay and Co to run free in attack. Whilst Ronaldo Koeman’s side didn’t make the World Cup, with De Ligt, De Jong and several other exciting talents making a name for themselves on the biggest stage, their future is looking very bright. Just like England after the 2016 EUROS, Netherlands are beginning to show shoots of recovery after a disappointing few years.
Clement Turpin is the referee for this game. The Frenchman plies his trade in Ligue 1 and has officiated 17 games this season. During those matches, he has accumulated an average cards total of 3.35. Therefore, I would recommend a maximum of 50+ booking points for this fixture.
A lot will depend on whether Sterling and Sancho can isolate the Dutch fullbacks. Whoever comes out in that battle could win the match, such is Holland’s strength in midfield and at the back. I think this one may go to extra time, with such little to separate the teams.
Netherlands vs England will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event – Kick-Off: 19:45 BST.
Prediction: Netherlands 1-1 England
Suggested Tips – Netherland vs England (SKYBET)
- Correct score, draw 1-1 – 5/1.
- Price Boost – Sterling to score first – 7/1.
- Price Boost – Sancho and Depay to both score – 16/1. (NB).
- Popular RequestABets – BTTS in both halves and 2+ corners each team in each half – 50/1. (Outsider Shout).
- Popular Player Stats RequestABets – Maguire to score a header and Depay to score from outside the area – 150/1.
- RequestABet Specials Up to 10/1 – BTTS, 4+ corners each team and 10+ booking points each team – 3/1. (NAP).