Netherlands vs England Betting Preview – 23/03/18

Netherlands vs England Betting Preview – 23/03/18

Netherlands vs England Betting Preview

England’s preparation for the World Cup continues on Friday when they travel to Amsterdam to take on the Netherlands at the Amsterdam Arena. With just two months till the tournament begins everyone in the England camp will be aiming to stake their claim to get on the plane to Russia. Southgate still has a number of decisions to make ahead of the World Cup including who he’s going to trust with the number one shirt with four goalkeepers all trying to secure the spot. Despite the heartache of not making it to Russia the Netherlands are still slight favourites over Gareth Southgate’s men as they begin to rebuild under new manager Ronald Koeman. Koeman has the job to make the Dutch side back into the force that they once were and his first challenge is a visit from Southgate’s England.

England haven’t beaten the Netherlands since Euro 96 and Koeman and his youthful Dutch side will be looking to extend that record on Friday. Here’s what we predict for the encounter.

Which England players will step up

With the likes of Harry Kane out injured, the England squad currently out in Amsterdam may look a lot different to the one that’s on the plane to Russia in June. The likes of Lewis Cook, James Tarkowski and Alfie Mawson may all get their chance to prove their worth in an England shirt. Cook who captained England’s under 20 side to World Cup glory last Summer gets the chance to experience first team and stake a late claim to go to Russia. Southgate still has many major decisions to make ahead of the tournament including which system he intends to use. England lined up primarily with a 4231 in the qualifying stages but in Novembers friendlies Southgate lined up with three centre halves and wing backs and managed to avoid defeat against two of the best sides in the World in Brazil and Germany.

England dominated the qualifying stages winning all ten games to comfortably book their place to Russia but its against higher ranked sides that England never seem to be able to get the job done. These games against the Netherlands and Italy could prove to be crucial in England’s preparation for the tournament. Southgate, in his fourteenth game in charge of England, has to use these games to settle on his best side and his best formation for the tournament in these two games in order for England to be fully prepared for the tournament.

New look Netherlands

Fridays game will signal Ronald Koeman’s first game in charge of the Netherlands some 31 years after he made his debut for the Dutch as a player. However, he takes over a Dutch side that are in a much worse position than when he was playing. It’s now two major tournaments in a row that the Dutch have missed out on, including this Summer’s World Cup and Koeman has been given the task of returning his nation to their former glories. Koeman’s looked to his old club Ajax to begin the rebuilding process, calling up both Justin Kluivert and Mathis De Ligt to the first team for the first time. Justin Kluivert, the son of Dutch great Patrick Kluivert is being tipped as the next big thing in Dutch football. The eighteen year old winger currently has seven goals and four assists this season and is showing real potential in the Eredivise. Koeman will look to give these players experience on the biggest stage in order to prepare them for later international tournaments.

Despite their overall qualifying campaign being poor the Dutch have won all of their last five matches and still have the quality to trouble Englands inexperienced backline.  With the last three matches between these two all ending with over two goals we expect there to be goals in this one. If you fancy goals in this one, over 2.5 goals is priced 11/10 at betfair.

Recommended bets

Highest scoring half second: (23/20 at Betway)

Over 2.5 goals: (11/10 at Betfair)

Vardy to score: (2/1 at SkyBet)