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Netherlands vs England Prediction: Euro 2024 Team News and Lineups Preview

Netherlands vs England Prediction: Euro 2024 Team News and Lineups Preview
Nicolò Campo / Alamy Stock Photo: Cody Gakpo of Netherlands celebrates after scoring a goal

We are now down to final four of the European Championship and with that,  Matthew O’Regan has his Netherlands vs England prediction, team news, lineups and fixtures preview ahead of a intriguing final four showing in Germany.

Silvestre: Formation Change Helped England, I think They’ll Reach the Final

Do you think England with the 3-4-3 variation looked much more balanced?

“England had more of a connection amongst the players and the link up was better in the formation against Switzerland. There was more harmony offensively, defensively. It was much better and I think they will use the same formation against the Netherlands.”

What are you expecting from the matchup against the Netherlands?

“It will be an even game as Holland have been growing despite finishing third in the group stage. They’ve got more certainty and they know their strengths. Both sides have good players. Both teams are the same level.” 

Cody Gakpo has been on fire this tournament. Do you think he should be considered for the EURO Golden Ball?

“No because I’ve watched Holland closely and Gakpo’s been inconsistent. Just in the last game, first half he had minimal impact and in the second half, he was there.”

“So if you look at Nico Williams and Lamine Yamal, they’ve been more consistent.”

“Gakpo has been in and out of form so to be a top performer at the EUROs you need to be there at every minute of every game.”

Why do you think Gakpo does better for the national team than he does for Liverpool?

“The dynamic at Liverpool is different. The momentum hasn’t been consistent and he’s been playing different positions. Centre-forward, right side, left side.”

“And we can see that with the national side, starting on the left side and using his pace to go inside or outside of the right back, he looks extremely comfortable in that position. That’s why I think for Liverpool he wasn’t able to express his full potential last season and be consistent for them.”

Do you think England’s defence has underperformed in this tournament or do you think they’ve done well despite the disruptions?

“Well considering that they’re missing two starters in Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw (who just came back), I think they’ve done well.”

“They haven’t played against a top offence yet, top strikers, top wingers. I don’t think they’ve been tested to the extreme but they’ve coped okay and they’ve done pretty well.”

As a Frenchman, who would you rather face in the final? England or the Netherlands?

“England has more individual talent than the Netherlands.”

“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves (laughs). We need to qualify before picking an opponent.”

“Either side would be the same difficulty for France, I think.”

Who do you see progressing to the final? England or Netherlands?

“I think England will win. Just by a margin but I think they will win.”

Netherlands vs England Prediction 1: Starboy Saka

Germany, Euro 2024, Wednesday , July 7th , 20:00 (UK)

Against Switzerland, England struggled to generate any real quality in the final third. A strike from Breel Embolo in the 75th minute put England on the brink of elimination, before Bukayo Saka lashed a long-distance strike past the despairing dive of Yann Sommer in the Swiss goal. 

It was England’s first shot on target of the game and took the game to extra time and then penalties, which England won. In the shootout, Saka was cool and composed and slotted the penalty with all the aura of a player who is on the top of their game. 

While he may have struggled for form prior to the quarter final, the 22-year-old enjoyed a fine goalscoring season for Arsenal, scoring 16 goals in 35 Premier League starts. Saka appears to be the man for big occasions, now scoring four major tournament goals at the age of just 22. 

He was afforded more attacking freedom towards the game, with Southgate releasing the unique threat that the prodigy offered. 

If Saka is afforded the same attacking freedom and plays with the same confidence he displayed in the quarter final, his prove to score certainly appeals. 

  • Netherlands vs England Prediction 1: Bukayo Saka to score
  • Best Odds: 5.50
  • Bookmaker: bet365
  • Stake: 5/10

Netherlands vs England Prediction 2: Goals for Gakpo

Ronald Koeman’s squad selection was met with scepticism, with critics citing the lack of attacking potency in the team. Memphis Depay was billed as the main attacker despite a lacklustre season for Atletico Madrid. 

The decision to shift away from his trusted wingback formation threatened to nullify their creativity, with Virgil Van Dijk backed as the outsider for Netherlands top scorer. 

However, Cody Gakpo currently leads the scoring charts, scoring three times already. In the 2-1 victory over Poland in the opener, Gakpo levelled the scoring, finishing with aplomb from distance. 

The Liverpool attacker also levelled the score in the dramatic 3-2 defeat to Austria, before scoring the opener in the comfortable 3-0 last 16 victory over Romania. While the 25-year-old failed to find the back of the net, he was a constant threat throughout and was inches away from scoring. 

Against an England side that looked fragile against Slovakia and Switzerland, Gakpo will fancy his chances of scoring yet another goal on his golden boot charge. 

  • Netherlands vs England Prediction 2: Cody Gakpo to score anytime
  • Best Odds: 4.75
  • Bookmaker: bet365
  • Stake: 5/10

Netherlands vs England Prediction 3: Box-to-box Rice

While Gareth Southgate struggled to choose the second central midfield to play, Declan Rice has been a mainstay in the tournament, playing every minute thus far. 

It is no coincidence that his best football has come in the two games where Kobbie Mainoo has partnered him. 

So far this tournament, he has made a foul in every game, and has had a shot in all bar the opener, with him showcasing his box-to-box ability with an assist in the draw with Switzerland. 

In the Netherlands’ opener, 2/3 of Poland centre midfielders committed a foul, while Ngolo Kante and Aurelien Tchouameni both made two each for France. 

So far this tournament, only two centre midfielders have failed to make a foul against Ronald Koeman’s side.

They have looked defensively fragile thus far this tournament, conceding an average of 11.2 shots per game. 

  • Netherlands vs England Prediction 3: Declan Rice over 0.5 shots and Over 0.5 fouls committed (TRACKED BET)
  • Best Odds: 2.10
  • Bookmaker: bet365
  • Stake: 10/10

Netherlands vs England Prediction odds via bet365 as at 09:00, July 8th, 2024. Odds may now differ.

Netherlands vs England Euro 2024 Team News and Possible Lineups: Settled Sides

Netherlands have a very settled back five, with Ronald Koeman only making one change to his defence this tournament. Koeman has also seemingly chosen his midfield pivot, with Tijjani Reijnders and Jerdy Schouten starting all game. 

Up front, Memphis Depay and Cody Gakpo have started every game, so the only debate to be had before Wednesday is over who takes the remaining two attacking spots.

Gareth Southgate has had a relatively steady squad this summer, with only the centre midfield position causing him headache. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Connor Gallagher and Kobbie Mainoo have all partnered Declan Rice, with Southgate seemingly favouring the latter for the time being.

The poor form of Kieran Trippier coupled with the return to fitness of Luke Shaw poses an interesting question for Southgate – as does the return from suspension of Marc Guehi.

Netherlands possible starting lineup:
Verbruggen; Dumfries, Van Dijk, De Vrij, Ake; Schouten, Reijnders; Gakpo, Simons, Frimpong; Depay

England possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Walker, Guehi, Stones, Shaw; Rice, Mainoo; Bellingham, Saka, Foden; Kane

Euro 2024 Match Stats: Boring Boring England

  • Netherlands have won three of the last four meetings
  • England have only averaged 0.802 xG per game
  • Netherlands have conceded 1.048 xG per game
  • Felix Zwayer has refereed three games at this Euros, showing at least four cards in all three

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