Bet9ja Preview: Netherlands v England: Expect a low-scoring encounter

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Gareth Southgate’s men have not been lethal in front of goal lately and it could remain that way in Amsterdam

Netherlands slug it out with England in a friendly game on Friday night at Amsterdam Arena.

Following their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, despite reaching the final in South Africa seven years ago before losing to the eventual winner Spain, newly recruited and former Everton manager Ronald Koeman will be looking to restore confidence back to the team. Koeman has named five uncapped players for this outing as he starts his rebuilding process while leaving out veteran Robin van Persie.

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However, given that the Dutch team have won their last two meetings with their opponents, they have been tagged as slight favourites at the price of (2.48) with Bet9ja.

A share of the spoils at the end of 90 minutes will not be out of place bearing in mind that four of the previous meetings between these sides has ended that way which makes the odds of (3.20) appealing.

England kick-started their preparation for the global showpiece on a decent note after holding reigning world champions Germany before playing a goalless draw with five times champions Brazil.

Gareth Southgate’s men will miss the services of Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand who withdrew from the squad due to a back injury. Tottenham Hotspur talisman Harry Kane is also out injured. Nevertheless, they still boast of enough firepower upfront with Jamie Vardy, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford all in top form.

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The Three Lions last won against the Oranje in 1996 and will hope fortune swings in their favour having failed to come out on top in all their last seven meetings with the Dutch. However, to realise that target, they will have to blow up the odds of (2.88).

Few goals will be expected in this outing, given that England are still searching for their first goal since October 2017 with the bookmakers offering (1.65) for less than two goals to surface in the tie.

Both sides have not failed to net in five of their previous six meetings and will be expected to maintain the status quo at the price of (1.86) with Bet9ja.

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