Italy U21-Netherlands U21 Betting Preview: Cor Pot's men to come out on top in a high-scoring match

The Dutch looked irresistible until resting a number of key players against Spain, and Al Hain-Cole expects them to pick up where they left off once restored to full strength
After impressive group stage performances, Italy and the Netherlands go head-to-head in the semi-final of the European Under-21 Championship on Saturday.

Devis Mangia’s side topped Group A after collecting seven points from a possible nine, and are slight favourites at 8/5 (2.60) with Bet365 to come out on top in this match.

The Jong Oranje overcame Germany and Russia in impressive style before making a number of changes in their defeat against Spain, but they should be restored to full strength here and are available at 9/5 (2.80) to get back to winning ways in Petach Tikva.

Alternatively, you can get odds of 21/10 (3.10) on the game finishing all square after 90 minutes and going into extra time.

Cor Pot’s men put on two of the most exciting games in the tournament so far in their clashes with Germany and Russia, with 11 goals being scored at either end over those two fixtures.

Despite a much-changed lineup failing to hit the back of the net in the defeat against Spain, the Dutch youngsters are the leading scorers in the competition so far, and should pose a significant threat once their star players return to the side.

Considering Italy have found the net in each of their last 13 games, it makes sense to back the 4/5 (1.80) odds on both free-scoring sides to score in this encounter, particularly as the Netherlands have seen more goals at either end than any other side.

In fact, with Georginio Wijnaldum, Luuk de Jong and Ola John all set to return to the Dutch attack, they should prove just too much for an Italian defence that has been relatively untested in games against England, Israel and Norway.

With this extra cutting edge, not to mention the benefit of the most experienced team in the tournament, Pot’s team appear undervalued at 9/5 (2.80) to emerge victorious.

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Both teams to score at 4/5 (1.80) with bet365
Netherlands to win at 9/5 (2.80) with bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.