Netherlands vs England Preview: Discipline over Creativity as England Aims for the Second Consecutive Euro Final

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
9 July 2024, 09:32

Netherlands vs England

The Euro 2024 semi final clash between the Netherlands is set to take place at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund. Both teams have had contrasting journeys to this stage but both sides are eager to secure a spot in the final against either France or Spain. Despite the unattractive football of England, the Three Lions are still considered as the favourites of the upcoming match, as per Netherlands vs England odds. This is plausible due to their solid defensive displays and ability to grind out results have seen them through to the last four.

Netherlands Team News

For some, the Oranje become the revelation in the Euro,  reaching their first European Championship semi final since 2004. Given the team weak performances in recent tournaments, under the guidance of Ronald Koeman, the Dutch have shown resilience and attacking flair, particularly through the performances of Cody Gakpo and Xavi Simons. Gakpo, who is the tournament's joint top scorer, has been instrumental in the Netherlands' journey, while Simons has provided creativity and vision in the midfield. Koeman's side has also demonstrated a knack for comebacks, having fallen behind in three of their four scoring games but managing to secure victories in regulation time. Their quarterfinal win against Turkey, where they came from behind to win 2-1, once highlighted their fighting spirit. Koeman is likely to stick with a similar lineup that has served him well throughout the tournament. 

England Team News

England's path to the semifinals has been marked by disciplined, if somewhat uninspiring, performances. Gareth Southgate's men have struggled to find their attacking rhythm, scoring only five goals in the tournament so far. The return of Marc Guehi from suspension will bolster defensive options. Harry Kane, despite being subdued in the tournament, remains a crucial figure for England. He is expected to start, having recovered from a cramp suffered during the extra-time win over Switzerland. Southgate's tactical approach has often seen England play with a back three, but he may opt for a more flexible formation to counter the Dutch threat. One of the key aspects of England's preparation has been their focus on penalty shootouts, a historically weak area for the team. The Football Association has implemented a strategy of secrecy around their penalty tactics, aiming to reduce pressure on the players. This approach paid off in the quarterfinals, where England executed their penalties with precision to overcome Switzerland.

Netherlands vs England Prediction

England Draw No Bet

England, despite highly unattractive football, still yielded results, having progressed to semifinals. One of the hallmarks of Southgate’s football is defence, which will be at its full strength after the return of Guehi. The Netherlands, on the contrary, do not showcase cohesive defensive display, conceding plenty of goals and Turkiye could have scored more than one goal, especially in the end of the game. At the same time, the main problem of the Oranje is positional attacks, as the team struggles to create moments in front of well-organised defence. Gakpo, Depay and Weghorst resorted to primitive crosses in hope that Turkish defence would eventually have a mistake, which was exactly the case. The Three Lions, on the other hand, will not fall for that, and given their squad, can respond with a striking counterattack. This Netherlands vs England prediction comes at 1.80 at MrPlay

Total Goals Under 2

Expecting plenty of goals in the matches of Three Lions is unlikely to pay off as long as Gareth Southgate is the head coach. The match will likely follow the same scenario as previous English games and become another ode to unattractive and boring football. The Dutch, with all their attacking capabilities and desire for attacking football are unlikely to change the course of the match due to their struggles with positioned attacks. This outcome can be picked up at 1.80 at MrPlay.

Total Corners Over 9.5

Having discipline over quality of attacking football, set-pieces come to the forefront, as both teams have plenty of players who can come up in these situations. Starting from Wout Weghorst and Harry Kane and finishing with Virgil van Dijk and John Stones, all of these players have an impact due to their height and abilities. At the same time, both teams do not shy from corners in this tournament, as evidenced by statistics - the Oranje have an average of 6 corners, while the Three Lions go with 4. This Netherlands vs England tip comes at 2.10 at MrPlay.

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