Netherlands v England Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

March 19, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Johan Cruyff Arena - International Friendly

England head to the Netherlands for their first World Cup 2018 warm up game, as manager Gareth Southgate looks to assess his squad options ahead of Russia.

Past Meetings

The Netherlands beat England back in 2016, in their most recent meeting, with Vincent Janssen and Luciano Narsingh netting for the Dutch in a 2-1 win at Wembley.

England's last win over Holland came in the memorable 4-1 win in Euro '96, with Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham scoring twice each for Terry Venables side.

Team News

Southgate has named a young squad for this clash, with Burnley pair Nick Pope and James Tarkowski, Swansea City's Alfie Mawson and Lewis Cook of Bournemouth receiving their first ever call ups.

The big news is the absence of star striker Harry Kane, who has an ankle injury, with Jamie Vardy set to win his 20th cap in attack in place of the Tottenham man.

There is plenty of Premier League representation in the Dutch squad, with Virgil van Dijk, Patrick van Aanholt, Nathan Ake, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Davy Propper all getting the nod from the new manager Ronald Koeman.

Netherlands v England Predictions and Preview

The Netherlands failure to reach a second successive major tournament led to the dismissal of Danny Blind, and the appointment of Koeman as manager, as the Dutch look to the future.

The still posses a very capable squad, despite failing to make this summer's World Cup, and even without the recently retired Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben they will still look to cause England problems in Amsterdam.

They ended their World Cup qualifying campaign with five successive wins, whilst England ended theirs with four wins in a row.

International friendlies rarely get the pulse racing, and given the fact that Southgate has opted to name an experimental squad for this game, a draw - priced at 9/4- looks to be a good option.

Both sides have plenty of forward threat at their disposal, and goals look to be on the cards, particularly as friendlies generally see less of the tightness of international football, with an over 2.5 goals bet priced at 11/10.

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A 2-2 draw at 13/1

Koeman will be eager to get off to a bright start as national team manager, as he looks to dispel the negativity of qualification failure, and he will set his side out on the front foot. Likewise Southgate will be eager to see what his young players are capable of at international level, against an experienced outfit like the Dutch.

Jamie Vardy to score first and a draw at 28/1

Vardy will lead the England attack in the absence of Kane, likely flanked by Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford, and he will aim to be a real thorn in the Dutch side. He scored in the 2-1 defeat in 2016, and he netted once during the Three Lions qualification campaign.

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