Netherlands welcome Italy to Amsterdam on Monday night for their second Group 1 of League A of the UEFA Nations League match.
Dutch interim head coach Dwight Lodeweges got down to business on Friday night as his side scraped through a narrow 1-0 win over Poland in his first match in charge. Tottenham Hotspur attacker Steven Bergwijn scored the only goal of the match in the second half as their relentless pressure on the Polish goal finally paid dividends. The scoreline doesn’t tell the full story. It was a match they dominated from kick-off to the final whistle and only a resolute Polish defence and their keeper prevented the scoreline from ballooning.
Netherlands were not at their finest against Poland. But they are not under any illusion that Italy will pose a significant challenge, relatively speaking. It is for that precise reason that we are likely to see a much better performance here.
Italy on their part were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by a rugged and determined Bosnia team on Friday night. They, in fact, had to come from behind in that game. Roma striker Edin Dzeko had given the visitors a second-half lead before Inter Milan midfielder Stefano Sensi got the equaliser for the Azzurri 10 minutes later.
Roberto Mancini’s side had actually been on an 11-game winning run after breezing through their Euro 2020 qualification group by winning all 10 of their matches while scoring 37 goals and conceding only four. This draw left a bitter taste in their mouth and they will be keen to atone for it with a positive result in Amsterdam.
Both of these teams fluffed their lines against teams they were expected to roll over in their respective opening games. That may well have been as a result of the extended break during which they were unable to practice together and create the usual rhythm and flow in their games. With that first game under their belts, we expect a much-improved performance when they face each other. The quality of attacking players from both sides makes for a potentially exciting clash here. Italy have a good record against the Oranje. But this is an Oranje team that has plenty of world-class talents and is on a path to rediscover their lost glory in international football. We foresee an open game with lots of goal scoring opportunities for both teams that they should be able to capitalize on. We are therefore backing Both Teams to Score @ 1.78 with Bet9ja betting app as our initial betting tip for this game.
There is a bit of similarity in how these teams attack. They both love to play through the flanks and with support from their fullbacks. As such we can expect to see plenty of crosses from either wing targeting the centre-forwards. Such attacks inevitably lead to corners as defences scramble to clear their lines. Bet9ja betting app has the Over 8.5 Corner market, priced @ 1.69 and we quite fancy it for our final tip for this clash.
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