Saturday, July 13, 2024

Prediction: Netherlands vs England

Verdict: Both teams to score

Best Odds: 1/1

Bookmaker: Dachbet

With a spot in the final of this summer’s European Championships up for grabs on Wednesday night, the Netherlands and England will meet at Signal Iduna Park.

Netherlands

Starting with the Netherlands, mounting what was a dramatic late comeback against Turkey last weekend as they clinched a 2-1 victory in Berlin, Holland have largely impressed over in Germany this summer. Despite signing off their Group D campaign with an action-packed 3-2 loss at the hands of Austria, Ronald Koeman’s men have come roaring back. Opening their knockout stage adventure with a stellar 3-0 romp against Romania, the former Barcelona boss will be relishing a trip to Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday night. Heading into this summer’s European Championships with a 4-0 victory against Iceland on home soil, the Netherlands will also be excited by their recent performances in the final third. Including a 2-1 win against Poland on June 25th, Holland have notched at least a pair of goals in six of their previous seven matchups across all competitions.

Team News

Notching three EURO 24 goals in his five appearances over in Germany this summer and leading the chase for the Golden Boot, Liverpool ace Cody Gakpo will once again play a leading role on Wednesday night. Confirming a summer move away from Spanish heavyweights Atletico Madrid, Memphis Depay will spearhead Holland’s charge here.

Virgil van Dijk will lead out the Netherlands in Dortmund and earn a 74th international cap. Getting on the scoresheet against Turkey last weekend, Inter Milan star Stefan de Vrij will once again partner van Dijk at the heart of Koeman’s defence.

England

As for England, mounting their own sensational comeback over the weekend, the Three Lions have certainly rode their luck over in Germany this summer. Eventually edging past Switzerland thanks to a nail-biting penalties victory against Switzerland in Dusseldorf, Gareth Southgate’s men are now just two games away from getting their hands on a first piece of international silverware since their iconic World Cup success way back in 1966. Remarkably winning just a pair of their previous 10 appearances across all competitions within 90 minutes, England could be concerned by a downbeat record against Wednesday’s fellow semi-finalists. Including a 3-1 defeat when they last met Holland back in the summer of 2019 while in Nations League action, Southgate’s side have collected just a single win from any of their previous nine straight battles.

Team News

While Marc Guehi might have missed out against Turkey last weekend after serving a one-match ban, the Crystal Palace defender could be handed a full recall here. Making an impressive second-half cameo appearance in Dusseldorf on Saturday evening, Manchester United’s Luke Shaw could make a first EURO 24 start.

Bagging what was a sensational equaliser against the Swiss last week, Arsenal talisman Bukayo Saka will partner Harry Kane in the final third. Enjoying what has been a breakout summer over in Germany 19-year-old Kobbie Mainoo will join Declan Rice in the middle of the park.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the Netherlands and England last met back in June 2019 while in Nations League action, Holland picked up a 3-1 victory.
    • The Three Lions have recorded just a single victory from any of their previous nine meetings against Holland – a run that stems all the way back to 1966.
    • Despite clawing their way past Switzerland last weekend, England have won just a pair of their previous 10 appearances across all competitions within 90 minutes.
    • Holland’s last three appearances at this summer’s European Championships have produced 11 goals at both ends of the pitch.
    • Five of the last six showdowns between the Netherlands and England have finished with both teams finding the net.

    Conclusion

    With a spot in the final of this summer’s European Championships up for grabs on Wednesday night, all eyes will certainly fall on Dortmund and what could be another nail-biting affair. With the Netherlands seeing just their previous three EURO 24 appearances produce 11 goals at both ends of the pitch, neutrals will be hoping for a thriller in rural Germany. It should be highlighted, with five of the previous six showdowns between Wednesday’s semi-finalists finishing with both teams finding the net, we are expecting a similar outcome here.

    Verdict: Both teams to score 

    Best Odds: 1/1

    Bookmaker: Dachbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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