By Craig Kemp
Last Updated: 7th June 2019
Much has changed within the Holland ranks since their 1-0 friendly defeat to England in Amsterdam last March.
Ronald Koeman is still in charge, but the Dutch have been on something of a role since, which culminated in them topping arguably the toughest UEFA Nations League group alongside Germany and World Cup winners France.
It’s 9/5 that Holland beat England and advance to the Nations League final.
Raheem Sterling will skipper the Three Lions in Portugal if his PR agency are to be believed, with England coming into this clash on a five-game winning streak. They are slight favourites to beat Holland too at 8/5.
However, it’s safe to say that the calibre of the opposition beaten isn’t of the standard that the Dutch have been duelling with of late.
Another 1-0 England win can be backed at 7/1 in the correct score betting, although the Dutch haven’t failed to score in all 11 matches since that defeat.
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Where the Dutch have developed since that Amsterdam reverse
There have been three significant changes within the Dutch set up in the last year – a formation change, the introduction of a particular young midfielder and a positional change for their most talented attacker.
Koeman played three at the back when Jessie Lingard’s solitary goal settled the Amsterdam friendly.
He’s largely reverted to a form of 4-3-3 since, with Virgil van Dijk pairing with Matthijs de Ligt at the heart of the rearguard and Stefan de Vrij relegated to a spot on the bench.
With Harry Kane stating that he’s fit to start for England, it could be part two of his battle with Van Dijk, following the pair’s tussle during the Champions League final between Tottenham and Liverpool.
Van Dijk came out on top in Madrid, but there are Enhanced Odds of 3/1 from 13/5 that Kane nets in an England win in Guimaraes.
Ahead of the Dutch defence, soon-to-be Barcelona recruit Frenkie de Jong didn’t make his full international debut until September in a friendly victory over Peru. He has since become a midfield mainstay.
Meanwhile, Memphis Depay has advanced from one of the wide forward positions into the role of central striker. His additional mobility and speed has added an extra counter-attacking threat.
Depay has scored in three of the Netherlands’ last four fixtures and there’s more enhanced odds of 9/2 from 18/5 that the former Manchester United man scores in a Dutch success.
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