Place: Italy. Turin. Juventus Stadium.
Date: on the 04th of June, 2018 (Monday)
Match start: 19:45 (GMT+1)
Tournament: Friendly match
Italy (the head coach Roberto Mancini)
We present to your attention absolutely unique friendly match of two top European national teams which didn’t manage to qualify on the forthcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia half a year ago. And if the Netherlands in this 21st century has already suffered such failure in frames of the qualification campaign World Cup 2002, then for Italy the absence at the forthcoming World championship is the first within six decades (1958).
We will remind you that having lost the first place in group G to Spain, the team of Gian Piero Ventura became the participant of additional playoffs. But, by the sum of two matches Italy has lost to Sweden (0:1).
At once after such humiliating failure 70-year-old signor Ventura has left on retired. And more successful Italian expert Roberto Mancini became the new head coach of four-time world champions. The career path of 53-year-old signor Roberto includes two champion victories with Inter, Milan in Serie A (2007, 2008) and also the champion’s title of England with Manchester City (2012).
Netherlands (the head coach Ronald Koeman)
If in last qualification cycle Italy has taken the 2nd bonus place, then three-time Vice-World champions (1974, 1978, 2010) have very strongly disappointed their fans, having given the first two positions to France and Sweden in the group A.
Now the most important task of the new head coach of the Netherlands is successful qualification on the next EURO 2020. However, now the experienced coach of the national team doesn’t hurry to get rid of skilled players and veterans, by an example of other loser teams,
Today the line-up of Mr. Koeman has goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen (Barcelona), full backs Daley Blind (MU) and Stefan de Vrij (Lazio), players of the midfield and attack Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool), Kevin Strootman (Roma), Ryan Babel (Beşiktaş), Memphis Depay (Lyon), and, of course, the most popular Dutch football player, the central defender Virgil van Dijk.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Italy vs Netherlands
The forthcoming match will be held in Turin, on the home arena of the champion of Italy Juventus. Of course, here the opinion of bookmakers as about the favorite of the meeting of two top national teams is obvious: WP1 – 2.05, W2 – 3.60.
On the 1st of June Italy has suffered a crushing defeat in Nice from the national team of France (3:1). Of course, now the current leaders of four-time world champions Leonardo Bonucci, Giacomo Bonaventura, Lorenzo Insigne, Mario Balotelli and the whole, very strongly renewed Roberto Mancini’s team are eager for revenge. But also the Flying Dutchmen want to bounce back in an appropriate manner and therefore in a match with the famous rival they have to demonstrate productive and winning football.