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Can Three Lions down resurgent Dutch? Get Netherland v England tips

Ben Darvill 23 May 2019
  • Netherlands vs England starts at 19:45 BST on Thursday, June 6 at Estadio D. Alfonso Henriques 
Kyle Walker (L) and Raheem Sterling (R) of England (credit: Steven Paston/PA Wire/PA Images)

England take on the Netherlands in the second semi-final of the UEFA Nations League, with the two sides looking to pave their way towards becoming the first ever winners of the competition. Read on for our betting tips for this match. 

Netherlands vs England Predictions

The second Nations League semi-final sees the Netherlands take on England in what should be a game of epic proportions, with two footballing nations that have been steadily improving over the last year in particular battling for a place in the final of the Nations League thus giving them the chance to be the first-ever winners of the trophy. 

The Dutch come into this on the back of victory in what was an incredibly tough group. Two wins, one draw and one loss saw the Dutch pick up seven points as they topped the group on goal difference as they outlasted the likes of France and Germany, with the current world champions and former-world champions unable to get the better of the Dutch over the course of the tournament. With their horrendous showing before the 2018 World Cup, which saw the side fail to even make it to the competition, their return to form and the fore of world football is something that the team and their fans will be hugely pleased to see their side in the ascendancy once again. While the side boast some impressive talent going forward such as Memphis Depay, Gigi Wijnaldum and Quincy Promes along with Ajax duo Frankie de Jong and Matthis de Ligt in midfield and at the back respectively, they will look to Premier League player of the season Virgil van Dijk to lead them, with the centre-half in outstanding form for Liverpool domestically and abroad. If the Dutch are to keep England at arm’s reach then their centre-back will likely have a big hand in this, with his contributions to the revival of Dutch football massive. 

For England, this is a huge chance to go one step further than they managed in the 2018 World Cup as they fell at the semi-final stage in extra time against Croatia. They managed to somewhat exorcise the demons from that loss in the last-four by beating Croatia 2-1 at Wembley in their final game of the group-stage as Harry Kane netted in the 85th minute to complete a superb late comeback. This victory is what booked England’s place in the semi-finals as they outlasted Spain and Croatia in a group which was incredibly tight. Now, Gareth Southgate’s side will be looking to continue their superb form as they have managed to lose just one game since their 2-1 loss to Spain in September 2018, with six wins and a draw since then. 

It will be interesting to see how England shape up for this game as star man and captain Harry Kane has been out injured for some time now and while he will likely play some part in the Champions League final, he has not had much time on the pitch over the last few months. If Kane is to miss out or starts on the bench, then Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford may get his chance to start up front and he could complete what would be a frighteningly quick and skilful front-line with Raheem Sterling and Jason Sancho potentially starting in the wide-channels for England which would give the Dutch a huge amount of problems on the flanks. Southgate will also likely look to utilise a midfield of Jordan Henderson and Dele All along with one of Eric Dier or Ross Barkley, with the four likely battling for three places in the team as they look to provide the non-stop, all action element in the England team which is one of the major reasons why the Three Lions have been able to improve so much. 

In this one we think it will be a hugely entertaining match between two teams that have gone through major revivals of late. In the betting, the two sides are fairly even as England are 7/5 to win the game while the Dutch are 15/8 with Paddy Power. While we would be tempted to back the Netherlands in this one as they have looked good of late, we have been supremely impressed by England’s rise in recent months. Gareth Southgate seems to have a real idea of what he wants from the team and how they should be playing as they are no longer a side that solely relies on one player to score their goals and win them the match. Backing England works into our second bet, where we are looking to back Raheem Sterling to continue his incredible season and score again. Sterling has managed to hit the back of the net 17 times in the league this year whilst also chalking up 10 assists, and while Kane is still England’s go to man, Sterling is not far behind, with the influence of Pep Guardiola helping to mould the forward into a world class player. At 5/2 with bet365, we think Sterling offers great value to hit the back of the net in the match and potentially lead England to a final. 

Netherlands vs England Winner Betting Odds

Netherlands to win: 15/8 @ Paddy Power
Draw: 11/5 @ Paddy Power
England to win: 7/5 @ Paddy Power

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