Netherlands vs Italy
UEFA Nations League
Date: Monday, 7 September 2020
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Johan Cruijff Arena (Amsterdam).
It is clash of the titans when Netherlands welcome Italy for the UEFA Nations League A clash to the Johan Cruijff Arena on Monday.
The Oranje under the new management of Dwight Lodeweges produced a solid display on matchday 1 to see-off Poland by a solitary goal.
The full-time result does not tell the whole story, may summarize this by the fact that their opponents hardly hard a sniff at their goal throughout the 90 minutes. On the flip side, finishing off scoring chances must improve.
Nevertheless, it is a solid win to buildup on for last edition’s finalists, even though Italy pose a different challenge.
Italy stuttered against Bosnia in their opening game after cruising through the European qualification phase in stunning style.
Coming from a tournament where they won 10 out of 10 games and scored 37 goals, much was expected of them at the Artemio Franchi Stadium. But their display was less convincing, and take nothing away from the Bosnians in the 1-1 stalemate.
Roberto Mancini will be calling out for swift improvement and solid performance from his players against a much better side on Monday evening.
Head-to-head & Previous Meetings
Each of the last 5 meetings between these nations came in friendlies and Italy are unbeaten with 2 wins and 3 draws. The last was in June 2018, 1-1 ft at the Turin.
However, the Netherlands did beat Italy 3-0 when they met in the Euro 2008 group stage.
Netherlands vs Italy Prediction
Without a doubt, this is a match between two even sides with similar qualities – strong midfield and smart young attackers. There is no way that this will end up similar to each team’s opening day display.
This imply that there will be goals on Monday. The Oranje scored over 1.5 goals in each of their last 6 competitive games at home, while the Gli Azzurri scored in the same range in their Euro qualification away games.
So, if you want a strong bet with good value for odds, go for both teams to score in the match.
The full-time result is too close to call and the match will be determined by who wants the win more and I cannot doubt either sides’ mentality in this aspect.
Both teams to Score in the match @ 1.80 odd.
Over 0.5 goals in first half @ 1.45 odd.