Netherlands play host to Italy in an international friendly fixture at Amsterdam ArenA on Tuesday night.
The Dutch suffered a huge setback in their bid to reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia on Saturday night as they slipped to a painful 2-0 defeat against Bulgaria in Sofia – a result that saw Danny Blind relieved of his duties as boss on Sunday night.
Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben has scored five goals in his last five matches for Netherlands and the 33-year-old can be backed at 11/2 (6.50) with bet365 to open the scoring in the Dutch capital, with 2/1 (3.00) that the winger is on target at any time against the Azzurri.
Memphis Depay has scored five goals in 10 Ligue 1 appearances for Olympique Lyonnais since making the move from Manchester United in January and the 23-year-old, who scored two goals in Netherlands’ 3-1 win against Luxembourg back in November, is chalked up as a 100/30 (4.33) chance to score on Tuesday, and 9/1 (10.00) is available that he breaks the deadlock.
Sporting striker Bas Dost has been enjoying a superb season, having hit 24 goals in 23 league matches so far this season; the 27-year-old forward, however, has managed just a single strike for the national team, drawing a blank versus Bulgaria on Saturday.
Dost, with 13 goals in his last 10 league matches for Sporting, is considered as a 21/10 (3.10) chance to bring his club form to the fore against Italy, while there is 6/1 (7.00) that the Dutch striker alleviates some of the pressure on his side with the first goal of the game.
Giampiero Ventura’s side are unbeaten in each of their last six matches and the Azzurri’s World Cup qualification campaign remains firmly on track following a 2-0 win against Albania in Palermo.
Ciro Immobile is a man brimming with belief; the in-form Lazio striker has scored five goals for his country thus far on the road to Russia, including the second goal against the Albanians on Friday night, and the 27-year-old has notched eight goals in his last nine matches.
Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne has scored just two goals for his country, but the 25-year-old has notched 12 goals in 28 Serie A games this season, including four goals in his last two outings for Maurizio Sarri’s side; Insigne can be backed at 8/1 (9.00) to score first here, with 3/1 (4.00) that the wide forward scores at any time.
With nothing at stake for either side, there are no certain starters, but Torino’s Andrea Belotti, who led the line alongside Immobile against Albania, is a man who may well be afforded some game time here; the 23-year-old striker has scored 22 goals in 26 games in Serie A so far this season.
Should Belotti maintain that form, he could prove too hot for Netherlands to handle and bet365 go 5/1 (6.00) that the striker scores first, while punters may well be tempted by the same firm’s 7/4 (2.75) quote for the Azzurri front man to make his mark at any time.