How Will Dutch Cope Without Koeman?

Few managers can pass up the opportunity to manage Barcelona and the lure was certainly too strong for Ronald Koeman who is already a Nou Camp legend due to the fact that he turned out successfully for the Catalan side on many occasions.

Koeman was attributed with the recent renaissance of the Netherlands national football team, with Dwight Lodeweges operating as caretaker and it will be interesting to see whether the 60-year-old lands the role on a permanent basis.

The Dutch team play Poland at the Johan Cruyff Arena a few days before this clash with Italy, with captain Virgil van Dijk leading out a team that also includes his Liverpool team-mate Gini Wijnaldum.

Lyon’s Memphis Depay is also included after helping Lyon to the Champions League semi-finals, while Luuk de Jong helped Sevilla win the Europa League so there’s a really feel-good factor around the side for these Nations League matches.

What Can We Expect From Italy in Amsterdam?

Italy play Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence before jetting off to the Netherlands and they were among the Euro 2020 favourites before the competition was postponed for a year.

Roberto Mancini has done a similar job to Koeman in terms of improving the fortunes of a proud football nation who were embarrassed by a failure to land a spot at the 2018 World Cup although a talented crop of players are now coming through.

As always with an Azzurri squad, the majority of players operate within Serie A and that includes Ciro Immobile who had such an excellent scoring record with Lazio last season, while Lorenzo Insigne is also capable and the Napoli forward could cause a few problems.

Leonardo Bonucci continues to be captain of the team, with the squad missing Marco Verratti after his Champions League exploits with PSG and there has been everything to like about their previous six games which included six convincing wins.

What Are the Best Bets for This Match?

While there is more noise surrounding teams such as France, Belgium and Germany right now, the Netherlands and Italy are back among the leading nations in Europe and we can expect a highly competitive battle in this clash.

While the bookies haven’t yet set up any betting odds for the match which will be played after the Dutch and Italians play their opening game of the format, we can expect things to be relatively tight and would err on the side of caution with our bets.

Go for Under 2.5 Goals considering that both sides will be showing plenty of changes and there are likely to be several substitutions over the course of the ninety minutes. We might also expect something along the lines of a 1-1 draw considering that’s an outcome which would suit both teams.


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