EURO 2024

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EURO 2024 PREVIEW Weds: Netherlands v England

Despite a fairly lacklustre tournament so far, England suddenly find themselves 90 minutes away from back-to-back finals in the European Championships, writes JOE CITRONE.

The Netherlands are the side that stand in their way, and much like England, Ronald Koemna’s have flattered to deceive at times in this tournament – finishing third in their group behind Austria and France – but have also reached the semi-final stage.

Again, similarly to England, the Dutch had to come from behind in their quarter-final clash against Turkey with Koeman’s side finding themselves 1-0 down with just 20 minutes remaining.

However, they showed great resilience and fight to turn the tie on its head and come away with a 2-1 victory in Berlin and a spot in the last-four of the tournament.

Cody Gakpo has been a huge part of that success as the Liverpool forward has found his best form at the perfect time with his combination of pace, power, and skill causing problems for defences this summer.

Netherlands v England
UEFA EURO 2024 Semi-Final
20:00 STV / ITVX / STV Player

LAST FIVE STATS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
JUN 2019 NATIONS LEAGUE England 1-3 Netherlands
MAR 2018 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY Netherlands 0-1 England
MAR 2016 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY England 1-2 Netherlands
FEB 2012 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY England 2-3 Netherlands
AUG 2009 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY Netherlands 2-2 England

NETHERLANDS
JUL 2024 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Netherlands 2-1 Turkey
JUL 2024 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Romania 0-3 Netherlands
JUN 2024 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Netherlands 2-3 Austria
JUN 2024 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Netherlands 0–0 France
JUN 2024 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Poland 1-2 Netherlands

ENGLAND
JUL 2024 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP England 1-1 Switzerland
JUN 2024 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP England 2-1 Slovakia
JUN 2024 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP England 0-0 Slovenia
JUN 2024 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Denmark 1-1 England
JUN 2024 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Serbia 0-1 England

There has been so much negativity and frustration surrounding England’s EURO 2024 campaign and yet they find themselves in yet another semi-final – their third in just four years.

Gareth Southgate has his flaws, but there is now no doubting his achievements in the England hot-seat with the former Middlesbrough boss having won more knockout games in major tournaments than every other Three Lions manager since 1966 combined. And it still could get better.

If England can get past the Netherlands on Wednesday night, they have the opportunity to banish the demons of Wembley three years ago and end all those years of hurt. However, they know that it won’t be an easy game.

England’s slight tweak of shape in that dramatic quarter-final victory over Switzerland had its benefits but didn’t solve their lack of creativity with the Three Lions failing to have a shot on target until Bukayo Saka lashed home the equaliser in the 80th-minute. That will need to be addressed again before Wednesday night.

They will be boosted, though, by the welcome return of Luke Shaw who made his first appearance of the tournament off the substitutes bench against Switzerland and could now be in line for his first start since February.

Marc Guehi returns from his one-match suspension, but despite being one of England’s shining lights in the early stages of the tournament, the Crystal Palace man might find himself on the bench with Ezri Konsa impressing in his place against Switzerland.

Phil Foden was deployed more centrally on Saturday, as many England supporters have been crying out for, but struggled once again to make a big impact, and could lose his spot in the starting line-up to either Cole Palmer or Eberechi Eze who both looked lively off the bench.

Trent Alexander-Arnold made a massive impact against the Swiss, confidently dispatching the winning penalty in the shoot-out, but is unlikely to be brought back into the starting XI.

THE VERDICT

As for recommended bets for this semi-final, I am expecting the theme of low-scoring affairs to continue for England.

I am starting to believe, though, that despite several uninspiring performances, England may just be clicking into gear at the right time and could drag themselves over the line here.

I am not sure I would fancy them in a final against either Spain or France, but I do feel like the Three Lions have enough to get past the Dutch on Wednesday night and that’s why I like the look of England and under 2.5 goals at 7/2 with starsports.bet.

For added value, I am also appealed by a correct scoreline of 1-0 to England which can be backed at 6/1 with starsports.bet.


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