Predictions 17.06-21.06.2023

Netherlands vs Italy | Nations League (18.06.2023, 15:00)

In the “final” for third place in the Nations League, Holland and Italy faced each other after both teams were beaten in the semi-finals. The match went into extra time, with Holland scoring two minutes from the end to secure victory. Both teams had experienced recent disappointments, with Holland being eliminated in the quarterfinals of the World Cup by Argentina and suffering a heavy 4-0 defeat against France in the European Championship qualifiers. Italy, on the other hand, had been excluded from the World Cup and lost to England in a previous match.

Despite their strong performances against Croatia and Spain respectively, neither team managed to secure a win. Holland, as the host of the Final Four, had the advantage of the home factor and showcased good offensive plays, with several individual players showing their skills. Italy, although less explosive, had moments of danger in their attacking plays against Spain, with Immobile and Frattesi being notable contributors.

However, Mancini, the coach of Italy, was concerned about the defensive phase and the performance of the midfield and defense, which had been under pressure for much of the match against Spain. Holland had a fast and lively game with several talented attackers, so Italy knew they needed to focus on their defensive organization and try to exploit any weaknesses in Holland’s defense. Overall, while both teams had hopes of reaching the final, the match for third place provided an opportunity for them to end the tournament on a positive note. Holland’s home advantage and offensive prowess, along with Italy’s determination to improve their defensive performance, set the stage for an interesting clash between two strong national teams.

 

Form Guide

Netherlands WWDLWL

The Netherlands lost that game with a score of 2-4. Donyell Malen scored for the Netherlands in the 34th minute, and Noa Lang scored in the 90th minute. Croatia’s goals were scored by Andrej Kramarić (55′), Mario Pašalić (72′), Bruno Petković (98′), and Luka Modrić (116′).

In the past six matches involving the Netherlands, at least three goals were scored in five of those matches. During this period, the Netherlands scored a total of 12 goals, while their opponents scored 11 goals against them.

 

Italy WWLLWL

Italy’s previous loss against Spain in the Nations League would indeed provide motivation for them to bounce back in their next game. In that match, Italy had 38% possession and managed 8 shots on goal, with 3 of them on target. Ciro Immobile scored the only goal for Italy in the 11th minute.

On the other hand, Spain had 19 attempts on goal, with 7 of them on target. Yeremy Pino opened the scoring for Spain in the 3rd minute, and Joselu sealed the victory with a goal in the 88th minute.

Looking at Italy’s overall performance in their last six matches, they have scored a total of 9 goals, resulting in an average of 1.5 goals per game. Roberto Mancini, the coach of the Italian national team, will likely be keen on improving their attacking efficiency and converting more of their attacks into goals in the upcoming matches.

 

Netherlands vs Italy Predicted XI

Netherlands Predicted XI: Bijlow; Dumfries, Van Dijk, Botman, Malacia; De Roon, De Jong; Bergwijn, Koopmeiners, Simons; Weghorst.

Italy Predicted XI: Donnarumma; Darmian, Toloi, Acerbi, Dimarco; Barella, Verratti, Pellegrini; Zaniolo, Retegui, Raspadori.     

 

Prediction

We suggest that Italy is inclined to breach the defense of the Netherlands squad, albeit potentially insufficient to avert a defeat.

Our prediction entails a scenario where both teams find the net, resulting in a 2-1 triumph for the Netherlands when the final whistle blows.

 

 

Croatia vs Spain | Nations League (18.06.2023, 20:45)

In the Nations League final at the de Kuip stadium, Croatia and Spain will compete for victory. Italy’s journey was halted in the semifinals by Spain, who took the lead early on due to a mistake from Bonucci. Despite Immobile’s equalizer, Spain managed to close out the game with Joselu’s goal, securing a well-deserved victory under the guidance of coach De la Fuente. This win came after Spain’s heavy 2-0 defeat against Scotland in the qualifiers for the upcoming European Championships.

Croatia, on the other hand, needed extra time in the semifinals to defeat the Netherlands with a 4-2 scoreline. It was a spectacular match with constant shifts in momentum, showcasing the characteristics of Dalic’s team. Luka Modric, the symbol of the Croatian squad, sealed the victory with a penalty converted for the fourth goal.

Croatia is currently on a four-match unbeaten streak, but the historical record favors Spain, who have been revitalized under the management of De la Fuente, inheriting the legacy of Luis Enrique. Pasalic, who scored in the semifinal against the Netherlands, is expected to retain his place in the attacking trident alongside Kramaric and Petkovic, with the possibility of Ivanusec featuring as well. For Spain, Morata, formerly of Juventus, has proven to be an essential figure as the center forward, supported by Gavi, Pino, and Moreno behind him.  

 

Form Guide

Croatia DLWDWW

Croatia fans will undoubtedly be hoping for a repeat of their previous victory over the Netherlands in the Nations League, where they won 4-2. In that game, Croatia had 54% possession and managed 14 shots on goal, with 5 of them on target. The goals for Croatia were scored by Andrej Kramarić (55′), Mario Pašalić (72′), Bruno Petković (98′), and Luka Modrić (116′).

On the other hand, the Netherlands had 14 shots on goal, with 6 on target. Donyell Malen (34′) and Noa Lang (90′) scored for the Netherlands.

It’s worth noting that Croatia has had difficulties in recent times when it comes to maintaining a clean sheet. In five out of their last six matches, their defense was breached, resulting in a total of 8 goals conceded during that period.

 

Spain DLDWLW

In the last performance against Italy, Spain won the game 2-1, with goals scored by Yeremy Pino in the 3rd minute and Joselu in the 88th minute. Italy’s goal was scored by Ciro Immobile in the 11th minute. 

In terms of statistics, Spain had 62% possession throughout the game and took a total of 19 shots, with 7 of them on target. On the other hand, Italy had 8 attempts at goal, with 3 of them on target.

Regarding Spain’s overall performance in their last six matches, they have scored a total of 7 goals, resulting in an average of 1.17 goals per game.

 

Croatia vs Spain Predicted XI

Croatia Predicted XI: Livakovic; Juranovic, Vida, Sutalo, Perisic; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Pasalic, Kramaric, Ivanusec.

Spain Predicted XI: Simon; Navas, Le Normand, Laporte, Alba; Merino, Rodri; Asensio, Gavi, Pino; Morata.   

 

Prediction

We believe that Croatia may struggle against Spain’s formidable lineup, and Spain should be able to score a goal in a winning performance.

Our prediction for the match is a closely contested battle, with Spain securing a 0-1 victory after 90 minutes.