Netherlands - Italy Betting Preview: Why backing the stalemate could prove profitable for punters

There was nothing to separate these sides when they met in a friendly in Amsterdam in February and our tipster is expecting a similar outcome when they clash on Thursday evening
Two giants of European football will go head-to-head on Thursday evening when Italy face Netherlands in an international friendly in Argentina.

It is the dawn of a new era for both nations, with Antonio Conte taking charge of Italy following Cesare Prandelli’s resignation in the aftermath of a poor showing at World Cup 2014, while Guus Hiddink will take the reins for Netherlands after Louis Van Gaal departed for Manchester.

Both sides will be hoping to secure a positive result ahead of next weekend’s qualification campaign for Euro 2016 and this looks likely to be an engrossing match.

Italy are chalked up at 13/10 (2.30) with Unibet to usher in Conte’s reign as manager with a win while Netherlands are rated as a 41/20 (3.05) shot with the same firm to ensure that Hiddink gets off to a winning start in his second spell as boss of the World Cup 2014 semi-finalists. The draw is likely to prove popular with punters and can be backed at 11/5 (3.20) with Unibet ahead of Thursday’s tussle in Argentina.

A stoppage time goal earned Italy a share of the spoils the last time these two sides met in an international friendly in Amsterdam back in February and another tight encounter seems likely on this occasion.

Indeed, Unibet offer just 81/100 (1.81) that either side fails to find the net while the half-time draw looks to be a solid selection at 26/25 (2.04) with the same firm.

Guus Hiddink’s men are likely to be in confident mood, having lost just one of their last 28 matches inside 90 minutes while Italy are looking to rebuild following a shock exit at the group stages in this summer’s showpiece, despite opening the tournament with a fine 2-1 win over England.

With both sides likely to be focused on next week’s qualifiers, there appears to be little to choose between the sides here and, therefore, punters are encouraged to take a chance on the 11/5 (3.20) quote from Unibet for Thursday’s friendly clash to end all square.

Draw at 11/5 (3.20) for a 1pt stake with Unibet

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