Netherlands vs. England
|Date & Time||Thursday June 6, 2019, 2:45 PM (EDT)|
Estadio D. Afonso Henriques Stadium
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Netherlands and England are meeting in the semifinal match of UEFA Nations League.
After a couple of years of bad soccer and bad results, Netherlands is once again playing great, offensive soccer with a lot of created chances and scored goals. Led by the best defender in the world in Virgil Van Dijk and young superstars De Ligt, Donny van de Beek, Frenkie de Jong, and Memphis Depay, Netherlands is one of the top favorites to win next European Cup next year. In their last game in Euro Cup qualifications against Germany, Netherlands was a better team with 53% of ball possession, 9 corner kicks, 6 shots on goal, 85% of correct passes and after being down 0-2 in first half was able to bounce back with two goals in second half, only to concede one more in the 90th minute and to lose 2-3. Netherlands has won their Nations League group with 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss and 7 points, same as France but thanks to better goal differential, Netherlands ended up ahead. Netherlands is a team full of potential and is one of the best in Europe and mostly thanks to their coach Ronald Koeman who was signed in February of 2018. Netherlands is currently on the 16th place in FIFA standings but if they continue to play this good, Netherlands will be back in top 10 soon enough.
England has lost only 1 game since the World Cup semifinals last year and is now on a 7-game streak without a loss. England is playing great soccer, their best in years and is one of the top favorites in next years Euro Cup. In their last game in Euro Cup qualifications against Montenegro, England was dominant with 74% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, and high 90% of correct passes and has won this game 1-5. England is ranked as the 4th team in FIFA standings and ever since Gareth Southgate was signed as their head coach back in November of 2016., England has been playing well-balanced soccer with a lot of created chances and steady defense. England’s strongest part of the team is their offense led by Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling and their midfield led by Jordan Henderson, Dele Ali and one of the best players in Bundesliga this past season, Jadon Sancho. England’s weakest link is their goalkeeper Jordan Pickford who is prone to making unnecessary mistakes which cost them dearly in the past. Seven players from England’s squad were involved in last week’s Champions League finals between Liverpool and Tottenham and have joined the English squad today and for that reason coach Southgate is expected to shuffle the starting lineup a little bit. Rest of the players are healthy and well rested and ready for this match.
Both England and Netherlands are playing really offensive and enjoyable soccer and it’s to give an advantage to either team. Trends are mixed here and for that reason, I will rather pick something on goals here.