Nations League Semi-Final Predictions – Holland vs England
One year on from the heartbreak of bowing out to Croatia in Moscow, England are in another tournament semi-final – but can they go one better this time?
Read our preview of the big game and get the latest Nations League odds here…
Nations League Semi-Final Preview – Holland vs England
England head into this tournament full of confidence after their impressive 2018 World Cup campaign and a famous win in Spain last autumn. Gareth Southgate’s side will now have to cope with a different kind of pressure with England fans now expecting his young Three Lions side to maintain their recent momentum by securing the inaugural Nations League trophy.
Fatigue will be a concern for Southgate with no less than seven of his players involved in last weekend’s Champions League Final. Conditions in Guimarães will at least be a lot cooler than that stifling night in Madrid, but with several players from both teams coming off the back of gruelling campaigns, a low-scoring game looks the smart option.
Don’t rule out another dreaded round of extra-time and penalties if this match struggles to spark into life, and to avoid that scenario Southgate may well pin his hopes on the fresher attacking contingent of Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford to unpick a rapidly-improving Netherlands spine.
After half a decade of disappointment, Holland have been handed a new lease of life under Ronald Koeman. The Dutch legend – and former Southampton and Everton manager – looks a natural fit for a Holland side that had badly lost their identity over recent qualifying campaigns.
The Oranje boss has also been helped by Ajax’s surprise resurgence in this season’s Champions League. Many of his young stars have enjoyed a full season’s exposure to elite-level football and have lifted the profile of the Eredivisie in the process.
With a natural leader in Virgil van Dijk marshalling the defence, and the emerging Ajax trio of Matthijs de Ligt, Donny van de Beek and Frenkie de Jong adding potential world class pedigree, Koeman now has a golden opportunity to usher in an exciting new era for Dutch football with Nations League glory.
England captain Harry Kane had a night to forget at the Wanda Metropolitano, looking decidedly off the pace in the Champions League Final after being rushed back into action by Mauricio Pochettino. That may have been a game too soon for Kane, but it could be to the benefit of England now the Spurs man has got some minutes behind him as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.
The 25-year-old will want to banish the disappointment of Madrid quickly and will be fully aware he has the chance to become the first man to lead England to a major trophy since Sir Geoff Hurst.
He won’t find life easy up against the rock-solid pairing of van Dijk and de Ligt, but should England need to win ugly, Kane is still the man Southgate would back to pounce on any Dutch defensive lapses in a cagy contest.
Holland vs England Betting Tips with Marathonbet
- Under 1.5 goals – 123/50.
- A draw after 90 minutes – 117/50.
- Harry Kane to score at any time – 7/5.
- An equal number of yellow cards for both sides – 3/1.
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Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.