Aside from an extra-time loss to Spain the World Cup final last year, Holland haven’t been beaten since 2008 so they should arrive at Wembley ahead of their clash against England in buoyant mood.
By contrast, Fabio Capello’s men haven’t exactly been in impressive form, particularly on home soil, where they have failed to win in four attempts. Draws against Montenegro, Ghana and Switzerland as well as a defeat to France hardly inspire confidence in the ‘Three Lions’, who are nevertheless Betfred’s 6/4 favourites.
Indeed, as England have racked up three draws in their last four at Wembley, 12/5 chalked against a stalemate could attract cash but the best bet, sadly for home supporters, has to be bet365’s 2/1 for the Dutch to emerge triumphant.
Capello is bound to experiment with his line-up and given that the Premiership gets up-and-running this weekend, the England manager will be well aware that he can’t keep his top players on the field for too long lest he incur the wrath of certain club managers.
Furthermore, last time out, in a Euro 2012 qualifier, Capello’s troops were perhaps fortunate to land a point against the Swiss, who were 2-0 up at one point and the slick visitors are good enough to punish a disjointed England line-up.
The hosts should at least get on the scoresheet and it’s 5/6 (Skybet) for both teams to score while Blue Square quote the Netherlands at 10/1 to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline, just like the French did at Wembley last November.
Netherlands to beat England – 2/1 (bet365)