STAR PREVIEW Netherlands v England

first_imgHow the mighty have fallen. A former giant of European football that has fallen so far that nothing other than a root and branches rebuild is required…… and I’m not talking about England (for once) but rather their opponents tonight the Netherlands.I’m still struggling to come to terms with the fact the mighty Oranje will not be part of Russia 2018 having failed to qualify.That disaster signalled big changes and this is Ronald Koeman’s first game in charge and there’re plenty of new faces amongst the players too with Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder now retired from International football. Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk takes over as captain of the Netherlands. He said: “It is great news, for me and my family. I am very happy with it, it is a great honour to be the captain of your country.”Ordinarily, I would think England would be a good bet to win this but the usual caveat of IF applies. If, in this case, standing for international friendly.Gareth Southgate will no doubt be keen to keep England’s momentum going with the World Cup now less than three months away. England have kept four clean sheets in a row and five in their last six.Southgate is likely to use Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford who is increasingly looking like the number one choice for the England number one shirt.Jack Wilshere has not travelled after injuring his knee in training and his hopes of being fit for Russia are in the balance.Southgate said: “It’s difficult for me to say when he will report back because he’s more experienced with it than I am, but it’s definitely not a big problem. We just have to see how it settles. It’s ongoing.“It’s not uncommon at all for players to experience it. It’s disappointing for him in terms of this game, but given the injuries he’s had and the progress over the last 18 months, he’s made huge strides.”Netherlands v EnglandInternational Friendly19:45 ITVHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Mar 2016 INTERNATIONAL England 1-2 HollandFeb 2012 INTERNATIONAL England 2-3 HollandAug 2009 INTERNATIONAL England 2-2 HollandNov 2006 INTERNATIONAL Holland 1-1 EnglandFeb 2005 INTERNATIONAL England 0-0 HollandFeb 2002 INTERNATIONAL Holland 1-1 EnglandAug 2001 INTERNATIONAL England 0-2 HollandJun 1996 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS England 4-1 HollandOct 1993 WORLD CUP Holland 2-0 EnglandApr 1993 WORLD CUP England 2-2 HollandNetherlands have lost just one of their past 13 matches against England (W5 D7) but they are likely to be much more experimental than England will be tonight as Southgate’s men continue the build up to the main event. As such, England at 19/10 makes plenty of appeal – despite the IF factor!RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK ENGLAND 9 points at 19/10 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 97.17 pointslast_img

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