Italy vs Netherlands Preview and Predictions

Italy vs Netherlands
International Friendly
Date: Monday, 4th June 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Torino.

The flashiest international friendly duel played this Monday is taking place at Allianz Stadium, the home of Serie A reigning champions Juventus. Newly appointed Roberto Mancini is looking to win his second match as Italian head coach, but that won’t be an easy task. Netherlands will be standing on the other side of pitch and we should see an interesting match.

As expected, bookies have given the small advantage to the home team, currently priced at 2.10 to win the match. Italy just returned from a short trip to Paris where they faced France. Even though the final outcome was not positive (3-1 loss), some of the positive changes in the attitude were noticed. Mario Balotelli is back to the national team but he hasn’t done much against the Galls.

After EURO 2016, Netherlands are once again going to miss playing in a big competition. Their fans will have to satisfy with friendly matches for now until the start of UEFA Nations League in September. The Dutch have just returned from a tough away day and match against Slovakia. Full time result was 1-1.

Italy vs Netherlands: Head-to-head

  • The tradition goes a long way when it comes to previous duels between these teams. The first one ever was played in 1920.
  • Italy have big 10-3 lead in terms of victories. They won the last two encounters as well.
  • Three out of the last four meetings had two or less goals.

Italy vs Netherlands: Predictions

It was more than obvious that Roberto Mancini is changing the playing style of the team. Italy is no longer heavily relying on defending, so I am expecting to see a lot of goals here. Hosts are way more motivated to leave a good impression in front of home fans, so Italy to win is my first bet.

If you are after some value, go for both teams to score and Over 2.5 goals at great 2.60 price. This is a friendly match full of top profile strikers after all.

Italy vs Netherlands: Betting Tips

  • Home win @ 2.05
  • Over 2.5 FT & BTTS @ 2.60.