Italy v Netherlands Betting Preview – 04/06/18

Italy v Netherlands Betting Preview – 04/06/18

Italy

Italy will be absent for this summers World Cup after finishing behind Spain in their qualifying group. The Azzurri’s second place finish in Group G meant that they had to play out a two-legged play-off dual with Sweden to cement their place in Russia. A 1-0 loss to the Scandinavian’s in the first leg of that clash proved too much to come back from for the Italians, as they drew the second leg 0-0 and subsequently found themselves excluded from this years prestigious tournament.

Undoubtedly the biggest team not to be heading to the World Cup, Italy’s form in recent games has shown everyone just why they didn’t make it through to Russia. With only one win in four international friendly matches since the fateful defeat to Sweden in November, the Italians have some real work to do before they make it back into the elite section of international football. A 2-1 win over minnows Saudi Arabia this time last week did re-ignite some confidence in the Azzurri camp, however a 3-1 loss to Didier Deschamps’ powerful France outfit on Friday means that they head into this game severely low on confidence.

Nothing went Italy’s way on Friday evening in their comfortable defeat to France. The game started in the worst possible way, as Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti opened the scoring for Les Blues inside 8 minutes, before star man Antoine Griezmann doubled the Frenchmen’s lead just twenty minutes later with a well taken penalty. Leonardo Bonucci did manage to claw one back for Italy 10 minutes before half-time, but his efforts fell on deaf ears after Barca winger Ousmane Dembele grabbed himself a goal on the hour mark, ending the game as a contest just 15 minutes into the second-half.

Friday’s all-round performance means that Italy take very little confidence into this tie with Ronald Koeman’s recently invigorated Netherlands side. Italy don’t have any momentum right now, which suggests they could struggle in this evening’s game at the Allianz Arena. With this considered, we can see this clash being a fairly low scoring one, swaying ever so slightly in favour of the visitors.

Netherlands

Italy’s opponents for this game will also not be present at the World Cup due to finishing third in their qualifying group back in November. After finishing level on points with Sweden in Group A, the Dutchmen found their hopes of qualification thwarted due to goal difference alone thanks to Sweden’s astonishing 8-0 win over Luxembourg at the start of October. This led to the resignation of previous manager Dick Advocaat, which in turn saw former Southampton and Everton manager Ronald Koeman brought in to steady the ship and re-build the national team ahead of the European Championships in 2020.

Since Koeman’s arrival, the Netherlands have only lost one match against England. They recently made light work of Euro 2016 winners Portugal away from home, comfortably beating Fernando Santos’ men 3-0 at the Stade de Genève back in March thanks to first-half goals from Memphis Depay, Ryan Babel and Virgil van Dijk. In their most recent game last Thursday, Holland were held 1-1 by Slovakia, but dominated the majority of that match and will feel disappointed they didn’t come away with a win in Trnava.

The visitors have got some fantastic attacking talents in their squad heading into this fixture. Memphis Depay’s time in England with Manchester United didn’t exactly go as well as expected, however there is no doubting just what a talent the 24-year-old is. The electric wide man has bagged 22 goals for Lyon this term, and was on the scoresheet in the Netherland’s win over Portugal back in March so could be a key threat for his country in this evening’s game.

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