Kick-off: 1945, 02/06/2021
Stadium: Estadio Algarve
TV: Sky Sports
Netherlands have established themselves as one of the contenders for Euro 2020 glory and can see off Scotland in Wednesday’s warm-up match.
The Scots have played with great spirit under Steve Clarke to also reach this summer’s big event but they do have limitations.
On neutral territory in Portugal, we like 19/20 for the Dutch to prevail and over 2.5 goals in the game for our first Netherlands vs Scotland prediction.
A Look At Netherlands’ Betting Odds
Netherlands are rated the team to beat in Group C at Euro 2020, when they will face Austria, Ukraine and North Macedonia.
Having failed to make it to Euro 2016 and the World Cup in Russia three years ago, Holland have rebuilt well and appear keen to make up for lost time.
The Dutch beat Germany 4-2 away from home in a strong qualifying campaign for the European Championship.
Frank de Boer has since replaced Ronald Koeman at the helm and was unlucky to be just shaded by Italy in last year’s Nations League pool.
March’s 4-2 World Cup loss in Turkey showed this team is not the finished article, especially with star defender Virgil van Dijk sidelined.
However, Georginio Wijnaldum is an ideal stand-in as skipper while the likes of Frenkie de Jong, Memphis Depay and Quincy Promes are class acts going forward.
Looking at the 17/10 for the Dutch to oblige and both teams to score is a good option.
A Look At Scotland’s Betting Odds
Scotland’s penalty shoot-out wins over Israel and Serbia earned them a place alongside England, Croatia and Czech Republic in Group D at Euro 2020.
Some encouraging efforts in the Nations League, including home and away wins over the Czechs, give the Tartan Army hope of doing well in that pool.
This year, there have been World Cup draws with Austria and Israel prior to a 4-0 win over Faroe Islands.
Premier League players such as Andrew Robertson, Kieran Tierney, Scott McTominay, John McGinn, Stuart Armstrong and Ryan Fraser provide a solid platform.
There is also lots of ambition amongst newer recruits seeking to push their claims for more playing time.
Hibs striker Kevin Nisbet commented: “I just want to get my first Scotland goal as quick as possible.
“For any striker, you always look to get your first goal very quick and hopefully I can get that in the friendlies and take that into the Euros.
“Of course, the friendlies before the tournament are always a chance to impress, whenever I get on the park and for how long I get on the park.”
Holland may have the edge in class but the Scots will not be found wanting when it comes to effort and endeavour.
Let’s finish off our Netherlands vs Scotland betting tips by taking 15/2 for the Dutch to shade a decent contest 2-1.
Gibraltar 0-7 NETHERLANDS – Berghuis, De Jong, Depay (2), Wijnaldum, Malen, Van de Beek.
SCOTLAND 4-0 Faroe Islands – McGinn (2), Adams, Fraser
Head-to-head: Scotland 0-1 Netherlands, Scotland 0-1 Netherlands, Netherlands 3-0 Scotland, Netherlands 6-0 Scotland
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