ITALY v NETHERLANDS BETTING PREVIEW
Italy find themselves in a rebuilding phase after missing out on the World CupItaly enter this clash on the back of a disappointing defeat in France (3-1), where they failed to build on a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia seen just days before. The Azzurri only managed to win 3 of the last 10 matches during a period which has seen them slide down the FIFA rankings and miss out on the FIFA World Cup. This is the fifth friendly meeting between these sides in the space of 9 years. Italy have won the last 2 while there were 2 draws. The last meeting between these two sides saw Italy come out on top 2-0 in a friendly back in 2014.
Mancini may look to change things up in attack with Andrea Belotti likely to replace Mario Balotelli up front. The likes of Federico Chiesa and Lorenzo Insigne should flank the Torino striker. The former Man City boss could also give Mattia Perin a chance between the posts. Furthermore, Alessandro Florenzi and Giacomo Bonaventura could return to bolster the midfield alongside Bryan Cristante. The four man backline should be formed by Davide Zappacosta and Danilo D'Ambrosio as full backs, Leandro Romagnoli and Daniele Rugani as centre backs. Giorgio Chiellini, Marco Verratti and Ciro Immobile are out through injury.
Netherlands have won nine of their last 12 matchesAfter EURO 2016, Netherlands are once again going to miss playing in a big competition.
The Oranje played out a disappointing 1-1 draw away to Slovakia few days ago but they have suffered just one loss in their last eight outings (beaten 1-0 by England) with six wins also on the record. Plus, it’s worth noting they did impressively win 3-0 in Portugal in March. A worrying stat for the Dutch is that they have only won thrice against the Italians in 20 direct ecounters, losing 10 times and drawing seven.
Ronald Koeman is expected to maintain the three centre-back system with Daley Blind, Stefan De Vrij and Virgil Van Dijk likely to start. The former Everton boss should confirm Memphis Depay and Quincy Promes up front, while Justine Kluivert and Eljero Elia are in contention for the remaining offensive berth. Hans Hateboer and Patrick Van Aanolt will play as wing back in the 3-4-2-1 formation. Jasper Cillessen and Marten de Roon will both start in goal and midfield respectively, with Georginio Wijnaldum also likely to come into the eleven.
ITALY v NETHERLANDS STARTING LINEUPS Italy (4-3-3) Perin; Zappacosta, Rugani, Romagnoli, D’Ambrosio; Florenzi, Cristante, Bonaventura; Insigne, Belotti, Chiesa.
Netherlands (3-4-2-1): Cillessen; Blind, De Vrij, Van Dijk; Hateboer, De Roon, Wijnaldum, Van Aanholt; Depay, Kluivert; Promes
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