The Netherlands will be looking to move onto six points in Group 1 of League A in the UEFA Nations League when they welcome Italy to Amsterdam on Monday night.
Dwight Lodeweges’s side recorded a 1-0 win over Poland in their competition opener on Friday night, while Italy were held to a 1-1 draw by Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The Netherlands reached the final of the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League, losing 1-0 to Portugal, with Goncalo Guedes’s second-half strike providing to be the difference between the two sides.
Holland will be keen to make another impression in the latest edition of the tournament, and they are in a good position ahead of this match, having recorded a 1-0 victory over Poland on Friday night.
Tottenham Hotspur attacker Steven Bergwijn scored the only goal of the match in the second period, handing Oranje a victory in their first match under the leadership of Lodeweges, who has temporarily replaced Ronald Koeman at the helm.
Securing another three points against the Italians on Monday would leave them in an excellent spot ahead of their next two games in the section away to Bosnia and Italy in October.
Both teams appeared to come through their opening Nations League fixtures largely unscathed physically, although Italy will still be smarting after dropping points at home to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
After the match, Italy manager Roberto Mancini cited the players’ ‘tiredness’ and warned ‘we’ll change personnel’ for the Netherlands match. Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini is set to come into the starting lineup – likely to be in place of Francesco Acerbi – after being rested as a precaution.
With Stefan de Vrij’s withdrawal from the Netherlands squad – alongside the absence of Matthijs de Ligt and Daley Blind – interim manager Dwight Lodeweges is short of options in central defence and will almost certainly stick with Virgil van Dijk partnered by Brighton’s new arrival Joel Veltman.
Dutch open with a victory
With Ronald Koeman back at Barcelona and Dwight Lodeweges in temporary charge, fears that the Netherlands’ progress might be hampered by managerial upheaval were allayed when the Oranje beat Poland 1-0 in Amsterdam on Friday evening.
The Netherlands, who were the dominant force throughout against a Lewandowski-less Poland team, finally got the winning goal they deserved just after the hour mark through Steven Bergwijn, and though they were unable to add gloss to the final scoreline, the victory was an impressive one.
Armed with a run of six wins from their last seven matches, and seven victories from eight on their own patch, the Dutch have momentum behind them, though they could find toppling a tough to crack Italy team a tough ask.
Italy held at home
Italy started their Nations League campaign in largely disappointing fashion when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday evening.
The visitors took a second half lead through AS Roma star Edin Dzeko before they were pegged back by promising midfielder Stefano Sensi, though the hosts, who racked up 20 attempts on goal, couldn’t find the winner they probably deserved.
The tie also ended a super 11-match winning streak for the Italians, though their chances of igniting a fresh string of success in the Netherlands look slim.
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Netherlands: Cillessen; Hateboer, Veltman, Van Dijk, Aké; F. de Jong, De Roon; Bergwijn, Wijnaldum, Babel; Depay
Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Biraghi; Pellegrini, Jorginho, Barella; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne
NAME: Netherlands – Italy
DATE: 7 Sep 2020
TIME: 18:45 UTC
VENUE: Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands