Netherlands v England Betting Tips
England to win at $2.80 with Palmerbet
Both teams to score at $1.90 with Centrebet
England 2-1 correct score at $10 with Ladbrokes
Jamie Vardy to score first at $6.50 with Pointsbet
The World Cup is looming large on the horizon and managers of the 32 teams heading to Russia in June have precious time to work with their squads this week ahead of a couple of important international friendlies.
England manager, Gareth Southgate, is busier than most of his fellow international managers. The former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender has had to cope with injuries and a loss of form to some key players ahead of England’s match against the Netherlands on Friday.
Southgate is also trying to work out which formation will get the best out of his players and finally allow them to make a decent fist of a major international tournament. The former England Under 21 manager has a daunting task ahead of him but not quite as daunting as his opposite number, Ronald Koeman.
Koeman was a Dutch legend as a player but he’s been tasked with restoring the nation to their former glories after missing out on Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup. He has to cope with a crisis in Dutch coaching, a lack of talented youngsters and a fragile squad all while trying to rebuild his own reputation as a manager following his sacking from Everton earlier in the EPL season.
England to Provide Koeman with a Tough First Match in Charge
When Koeman first turned up at Everton all the noises that came out of the club were of a fresh approach. Gone was the laidback Roberto Martinez and in came a disciplined, highly structured style of management.
The early results were good but footballers can be a precious bunch and the Everton players soon grew tired of a manager who they felt was distant and overly strict.
Koeman has been talking positively about his new job but he if he doesn’t learn the lessons of Everton he risks alienating yet another dressing room. That’s especially troublesome given the dearth of talent available to him.
Koeman’s already tried to lure Arjen Robben to the international scene while at the other end of the scale he’s putting his trust in 18-year-old Justin Kluivert.
The medium to long term future of the Netherlandsis up in the air but what’s certain is that they will face a tough match against England.
Even if Southgate experiments with his starting line up and makes changes during the match, you have to think the visitors to Amsterdam look too big at $2.80 with Palmerbet.
Netherlands to Capitalise on England’s Goalkeeping Woes
The injury to England’s star striker, Harry Kane, is the big news ahead of this international break but Southgate will be more concerned by the current goalkeeping situation.
Joe Hart has had an awful season with West Ham (when he’s been picked) while Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford have let in over 100 league goals between them this season.
Burnley’s Nick Pope could spring a surprise and make the number one shirt his own in Russia but for now England’s goalkeeping woes aren’t going anywhere.
We think that England have the attacking power to win but fully expect both teams to score at $1.90 with Centrebet.
We also think this will be a tight game and that it is well worth chancing a bet on England winning 2-1 which is available at $10 with Ladbrokes.
Vardy to Stake a Claim for a Place in England’s Starting XI
While Kane’s absence on Friday is a blow to England it does give Jamie Vardy another chance to show what he can do on the international scene.
With goals in seven of his last nine appearances for Leicester, Vardy has hit form just at the right time. When Vardy is hot he tends to stay hot for a while so we like his odds of $6.50 with Pointsbet to score first against the Netherlands.