Since the beginning of the UEFA Nations League last September, the meaning of the new format has been hotly debated. One positive aspect is the fact that virtually all international matches are now of a certain value and therefore become more interesting for the media companies as well as for fans. In addition, smaller nations have a greater chance of qualifying for a European Championship finals over the controversial competition. In contrast, however, is the often criticized commerce, which in the reflections of the European Football Association UEFA unquestionably has top priority. If you ask in these days in Portugal, Switzerland, Netherlands or England for opinions about the Nations League, then these are probably primarily positive.
Netherlands vs England Football Betting Prediction
Exactly those four nations have qualified for the Final Four tournament in Portugal. The winner receives a rich prize money of 10.5 million euros and may also lift silverware in the air. The second semi-final on Thursday evening will be played by Netherlands and England. According to the odds, the “Three Lions” are almost favored, although the Oranje has found its way back to the absolute top after the missed World Cup participation and does not need to hide in a direct duel. In order to be able to put a reliable prediction on the outcome of the game in the said semi-final between Netherlands and England, it is necessary to clarify the question of who a title in the Nations League brings the higher added value and which team will therefore show a more pronounced motivation. Since this question is not easy to answer, it may be a good idea to try the game Netherlands vs England to give a tip on the number of goals …
Netherlands – Statistics & Current Form
Just two years ago, it would have been almost unthinkable to claim that the Dutch national team had a well thought-out strategy on the way back to the top of the world. However, this has changed with the commitment of Ronald Koeman and the installation of former Bundesliga player Nico-Jan Hoogma. The Elftal is now on a very good way, has a highly talented pool of young players and can expect legitimate opportunities to receive the trophy in the newly created UEFA Nations League on Sunday evening in Porto.
The fact that the Oranje even made the leap into the top four teams in the highest division, came as a surprise, because in a trio with the youngest two world champions France and Germany, the national team of the KNVB was actually considered only an underdog. After a defeat to the opening match against the Equipe Tricolore (1: 2), the Dutch scored a proud seven points from the remaining three games and finally benefited in the final match against the DFB-Elf of two late hits to 2-2 draw. Thanks to the better goal ratio, the Koeman squad booked the ticket for the upcoming Final Four in Portugal.
In the recent internationals also confirmed the trend that the world ranking 16. especially in the offensive has a lot of individual quality. Eight goals in four Nations League games against Europe’s elite support this thesis as well as the 4-0 at the start of the European Championship qualifier against Belarus as well as the narrow 2: 3 defeat against Germany last March. The bottom line is that Memphis Depay and Co. have each scored at least two goals in their last four games. In three of these four cases, matching bets on at least three matches would have passed smoothly. Despite the importance of the upcoming semi-final between Netherlands and England, we keep a tip on over 2.5 goals due to the strong offensive, but also not always saddle-playing defensive (only four times “to zero” in twelve games since the beginning of 2018) again for a logical option.
In the nomination of the squad renounced Ron Koeman on big surprises. The squad is led by newly-crowned Champions League winners Virgil van Dijk and Georgino Wijnaldum, who are expected to be on the pitch just days after the Madrid triumph. With de Ligt, Blind, de Jong and de Beek we also expect a strong Ajax-axis in the starting eleven. Ryan Babel, Memphis Depay and Steven Bergwijn are on the attack.
Expected formation of Netherlands:
↳ Cilless – Blind, de Ligt, van Dijk, Dumfries – Wijnaldum (Roon), de Beek, de Jong – Babel, Depay, Bergwijn
↳ Coach: Koeman
Last Games from Netherlands:
⚽️ 24.03.2019 – Netherlands vs. Germany 2: 3 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 21.03.2019 – Netherlands vs Belarus 4: 0 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 19.11.2018 – Germany vs Netherlands 2: 2 (Nations League)
⚽️ 16.11.2018 – Netherlands vs France 2: 0 (Nations League)
⚽️ 16.10.2018 – Belgium vs Netherlands 1: 1 (friendly)
England – Statistics & Current Form
English football is on everyone’s lips these days and weeks. Both in the Europa League final as well as in the final of the Henkel pot in the Champions League were exclusively clubs from the motherland of football. This dominance at the club level is certainly one of the reasons why the national team has long since dropped its bad reputation. Meanwhile, coach Gareth Southgate’s team has moved up to fourth place in the world rankings, and it was clear at the 2018 World Cup in Russia that the “Three Lions” have a golden future ahead of them. This future should be heralded on the weekend if possible with a success in the Nations League.
Similar to the Dutch, England also scored seven points from four matches to secure first place in the equally strong group with Spain and runner-up Croatia. Crucial for this was the 3: 2 victory on Matchday 3 in Spain as well as the 2: 1 in front of their home crowd against Croatia. In these two matches, the English presented themselves in strong shape and convinced, above all, by a very potent offensive. After many years in which the island’s national team has always been accused of playing outdated football, putting too much emphasis on long balls and physique, the tide has turned under “Reformer” Southgate. Young, tech-savvy and fast-paced dribblers like Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard have become an integral part of the FA’s selection, making sure that the still-strong center-backs like Harry Kane or Marcus Rashford have enough balls from them be fed to the outer positions. Looking at the recent five internationals, the “Three Lions” scored an outstanding 18 goals (more than three per game), which in turn means keeping an eye on the odds for over 2.5 goals on Thursday night between Netherlands and England.
Only the staffing situation is not fully understood before the semi-final in the UEFA Nations League. A total of seven players were still in the Champions League final last Saturday, so coach Southgate will certainly make changes in the starting lineup to control some of the load, possibly also in view of a potential final on Sunday. For example, against Liverpool showed that Spurs captain Harry Kane after a long injury break has plenty of catching up to do. Although the 48-year-old tutor is not lacking in options, the changes could well be an indication that an alternative Netherlands Vs. England venture in favor of the Koeman protected.
Expected formation of England:
↳ Pickford – Chilwell, Maguire, Stones, Walker – Barkley, Rice, Dier – Sterling, Rashford, Sancho
↳ Coach: Southgate
Last matches from England:
⚽️ 25.03.2019 – Montenegro Vs. England 1: 5 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 22.03.2019 – England vs. Czech Republic 5: 0 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 18.11.2018 – England vs. Croatia 2: 1 (Nations League)
⚽️ 15.11.2018 – England vs. USA 3: 0 (friendly)
⚽️ 15.10.2018 – Spain vs England 2: 3 (Nations League)
Netherlands vs England Direct Comparison
It is quite strange that the former European champion from the Netherlands (1988) and the former world champion of the island (1966) faced each other only in five official games. None of these matches took place in a knockout round, which is why we actually have a premiere on Thursday evening at the Dom Afonso Henriques Stadium in Guimaraes, Portugal. Overall, the balance after 21 games (including friendly matches) is balanced with six successes for both teams and nine draws. Most recently there was the supposed “International Match” in March 2018, when England narrowly won 1-0 with a goal from Jesse Lingard.
Netherlands vs England Our Best Betting Prediction
The second semi-final in the UEFA Nations League promises great excitement. In the duel between Netherlands and England, the odds of bookmakers are close together. This distribution coincides with our view of things, because we too find it difficult to work out clear benefits for one of the two teams. For the English certainly speak the recent appearances in the internationals and the undoubted quality. The Dutch, on the other hand, score points with their ingenuity and possibly even higher motivation to win the title on Sunday after a long dry spell. The bottom line is Netherlands vs England the higher odds on getting ahead of the Elftal interesting.
Key Facts – Netherlands vs England tips
⭐️ Netherlands last four times in a row with at least two goals
⭐️ England scored 18 goals in the past five internationals
⭐️ The semi-final will take place on neutral place in Guimaraes (Portugal)
However, we have deliberately decided on an alternative betting market and asked whether in the semi-final round more or less goals tend to fall. Due to the fact that both national teams met on a regular basis and preferred an offensive direction, we set our tip for lucrative odds of over 2.5 goals between Netherlands and England. A typical tasting such as in a World Cup semi-final is not expected, as the Nations League is not quite as important as it would like the UEFA. The spectators in Guimaraes want to see spectacle and in our eyes the chances are not bad that at least three goals will be cheered.
Betting Prediction: Over 2.5 goals