Thursday 6 June, kick-off 7.45pm
Estadio Dom Afonso Henriques – Nations League
Gareth Southgate leads England into this UEFA Nations League preview against Holland on Thursday, as the Three Lions bid to reach their first major final since 1966. The Netherlands have an exciting young side though, and this could be a lively encounter between two countries on the rise.
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What’s the story with Holland vs England?
Is Holland vs England on TV? Yes, it’s being shown live on Sky Sports.
What happened last time? Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard scored the only goal of the game as England beat Holland 1-0 in Amsterdam in March of last year.
What are the Holland vs England odds? England start your Nations League predictions as the 6/4 favourites, while Holland are priced at 11/5. The draw’s 23/10 with 888sport, who are offering £30 in free bets when you sign up here. With the potential for this game to go to extra-time and penalties, England are 3/4 to qualify for the final. The Netherlands are 23/20 for the same bet.
Remember that time…these countries last met in a competitive fixture? It was in the group stages of Euro 96, when England thrashed the Netherlands 4-1 at Wembley. Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham both scored braces before a late consolation from a young Patrick Kluivert. The same outcome in the favour of the Three Lions in this game is priced at 45/1.
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Ronald Koeman has some talented players at his disposal for these Holland v England predictions, including Liverpool’s Champions League winners Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum. Fellow Premier League stars Patrick van Aanholt, Nathan Ake and Davy Propper make the cut, as well as Ryan Babel, who was relegated with Fulham. Only Daley Blind has more caps than Babel in the squad. The former Man United defender leads the Ajax contingent that also includes Matthijs de Ligt and Donny van de Beek, as well as Frenkie de Jong, who’s joined Barcelona.
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Three Lions boss Southgate faces the same dilemma as Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino did ahead of the Champions League final. Harry Kane looked off the pace in Madrid, but the England captain is likely to start this game. Spurs team mates Kieran Trippier and Harry Winks were cut from this squad though, while Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson could start in midfield after lifting the Champions League trophy on Saturday. Trent Alexander-Arnold is pushing Kyle Walker at right-back, while Danny Rose should start on the other flank.
Holland vs England prediction, preview and betting tips
This is a fascinating clash between two teams packed with youth and potential. Only five outfield players are aged 29 or over from across both squads, which have shown plenty of promise in recent months. The Netherlands are on the road to recovery after failing to qualify for the last two major international tournaments, while England are aiming to build on the success of last summer’s World Cup in these football predictions.
The Three Lions come into this game on the back of a five-match winning run. That includes two impressive Nations League victories over Spain and Croatia, plus two easy wins in Euro 2020 qualifying against the Czech Republic and Montenegro. The optimism has grown since reaching the World Cup semi-finals that England can win their first trophy in over 50 years.
Southgate’s squad is full of exciting youngsters such as Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Declan Rice, Joe Gomez and Alexander-Arnold, as well as more experienced heads like Kane, Henderson and Raheem Sterling. The Dutch squad has a similar feel coming into this Holland v England prediction, with a number of Europe’s most talented young players complemented by the likes of Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Blind and Babel.
While England have an array of dangerous attackers, getting past Dutch captain Van Dijk won’t be easy. Arguably the continent’s best centre-back at present, the Three Lions will need to combine craft and pace. However, Holland have only kept three clean sheets in their last 10 matches. They let in three at home to Germany on their most recent outing, losing 3-2 in Euro 2020 qualifying.
England meanwhile have only failed to score in two of their last 12 fixtures. One of those was against Belgium in the third-place play-off at the World Cup, and the other in the strange surrounds of their behind-closed-doors trip to Croatia that ended goalless. The Three Lions have conceded in 10 of their last 15, while the Oranje have 15 in their last seven. Both teams to score here looks tempting at 4/5 with bet365 in your Holland vs England betting tips.
Due to their fine form and impressive displays since the World Cup, we’re backing England for the win. The Three Lions are 4/1 to win with both teams scoring. It’s likely to be close, with a 2-1 England win priced at 17/2 in your football score predictions.
Holland vs England first goalscorer predictions
Kane will be desperate to make an impression in this game after the disappointment of the weekend. He scored 23 goals for Tottenham this season despite a couple of ankle injuries, and has three in three for England. Kane is the 4/1 favourite with Betway to open the scoring on Thursday, and 35/1 to strike first in a 2-1 England win.
Sterling meanwhile could also be worth a look at 6/1 in the first goalscorer odds for this game. The Manchester City forward’s brace against Watford in the FA Cup final took his club tally for the season to 25. He also has six in his last five for England. That includes a double against Spain and a hat-trick against the Czech Republic. He’s 56/1 to break the deadlock in a 2-1 England victory.
England to win
Both teams to score
England to win and both teams to score
Van Dijk to score the only goal of the game
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Oli is a passionate football man, who despite being the wrong side of 30, still turns out every week for his beloved Trafford United. Also a Manchester United supporter, Oli is an experienced writer with a strong background in the sports betting market.