Preview - Holland vs England 24 March 2018

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Mar 22, 2018, 10:10 AM Last Edit: Mar 22, 2018, 10:12 AM by Harry85
International Friendly
Holland vs England
Saturday, March 24th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena

Holland: 
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.1
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Memphis Depay and Georgino Wijnaldum (8)

England:
Last five matches form:  W W W D D
Average goals per match: 1.8
Average goals against per match: 0.3
Top Scorer: Danny Welbeck (15)

Looking at their recent form figures, you could be forgiven for thinking that Holland head into this fixture on something of a high. In fact nothing could be further from the truth.

Failure to even qualify for the World Cup this year marks one of the darkest phases in recent Dutch football. It will certainly seem a little strange not to see l'orange strutting their stuff on the worlds biggest stage this year.

Whilst England do head to the finals whilst Holland sit it out at home, there in fact looks to be very little between these two sides. The one area where England do appear to hold the advantage though is in defence.

They may well have only been friendly's, but it is nevertheless a testament to the organisation of Gareth Southgate's men that they were able to go through 90 minutes against both Brazil and Germany without conceding a single goal. Should Holland have been able to display such determination at the back during qualifying, they may well not find themselves in the position they are in now.

With Ronald Koeman now at the helm for the Dutch, we would expect the defence to show improvement in time. This may come a little soon though, and with Daley Blind missing, the home side look especially vulnerable to the pace of England on the counter attack. This may well be more entertaining than the standard friendly fare and we expect England to come out on top.

Prediction: Holland 1 - 2 England

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots: 13 - 11
Shots on target: 6 - 3
Corner Kicks: 3 - 4
Possession: 48% - 52%

No bookings in this competitive but fair friendly encounter in Amsterdam.

England were much the better side in possession in the opening period, with the running off the ball of Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain causing problems throughout. It was in the final third where things fell apart for the visitors though, as despite numerous promising situations, they were unable to find that killer pass. Holland offered very little from an attacking standpoint. 0-0 at the break.

What turned out to be the winner came in the 59th minute. A swift England break ended up with Danny Rose once again being found in space down the left hand side. Whereas Rose had previously been wasteful from similar positions, this time he whipped a dangerous low ball into the area which the Dutch defence could only clear to the edge of the area and the incoming Jesse Lingard. Lingard did well to meet a dropping spinning ball with a controlled side foot volley towards the bottom corner. Jeroen Zoet did manage to get a hand to it though and really should have kept it out. In it went though. 0-1.

A rash of substitutions by both sides from about the hour mark acted to disrupt the flow of the game and in truth the match rather petered out in the closing stages.

Memphis Depay was Holland's best player on the night and did force Jordan Pickford into a late save from a free kick. That's as close as the Dutch came though. 0-1 it finished.

That's now 450 minutes without conceding a goal from this England side. That solid base ought to provide the foundation for a successful summer, although they will need to improve in the attacking third.

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