Netherlands vs Spain: Dutch weakened by injury problems
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Netherlands vs Spain: Dutch weakened by injury problems

Kick-off: 1945, 11/11/2020

Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena

TV: Sky Sports

Netherlands have been hit with some injury problems at the back for the latest international break and Spain are fancied to take advantage in Amsterdam.

La Roja will be keen to bounce back from a surprise Nations League loss to Ukraine last time out and have several in-form front men at the moment.

We’re snapping up 29/20 for an away win at Johan Cruyff Arena as our first Netherlands vs Spain prediction.

A Look At Netherlands’ Betting Odds

Netherlands boss Frank de Boer has seen 60-times capped goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen and Feyenoord shot-stopper Justin Bijlow drop out since naming his squad.

That leaves Norwich veteran Tim Krul and uncapped duo Marco Bizot of AZ Alkmaar and Joel Drommel of FC Twente as his options between the posts.

Holland were already without inspirational captain Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt at the heart of their defence, so this is a test of their strength in depth.

Going the other way, goals have been hard to come by for the Dutch, who were beaten 1-0 at home by Mexico in their last friendly and have gone four games without a win.

Donny van de Beek gave them a first goal in that period when equalising in a 1-1 Nations League draw with Italy, but he has been used sparingly by Manchester United since then.

Looking at the Netherlands vs Spain odds, we think 23/10 for the visitors to prevail and under 3.5 goals in the game is a solid selection.

A Look At Spain’s Betting Odds

Spain tasted defeat for the first time in two years when upset 1-0 by Ukraine in Kyiv, with David De Gea coming under scrutiny after being caught out of position for the deciding counter-attack strike.

However, Luis Enrique remained upbeat and praised his side for having 72 per cent possession and 21 attempts on goal, with Georgiy Bushchan forced to produce a string of fine saves.

“I’ve lost plenty of matches like this in my career,” said Enrique. “This is the kind of game you can be defeated in.

“My conclusion is that I liked the attitude of my players – I liked most of what I saw.”

We’re also keen to keep the faith following an encouraging series of earlier results this year.

La Roja beat Ukraine and Switzerland on home turf and drew away to Germany and Portugal, with just one goal conceded in those fixtures.

Enrique will be buoyed by the club form of his forwards, with Alvaro Morata scoring Champions League doubles for Juventus versus Dynamo Kyiv and Ferencvaros on the road.

Real Sociedad striker Mikel Oyarzabal is heading the Golden Boot race in Spain with six goals in his last five La Liga appearances.

Gerard Moreno is doing well for Villarreal and Ferran Torres has made a bright start to his time with Manchester City.

La Roja usually start fast when they win, so let’s make 31/10 for the visitors to lead at half-time and full-time our final Netherlands vs Spain prediction.

Additional stats

Last result:

Italy 1-1 NETHERLANDS – Donny van de Beek

Ukraine 1-0 SPAIN

Head-to-head: Netherlands 2-0 Spain, Spain 1-5 Netherlands, Netherlands 0-1 Spain, Netherlands 1-0 Spain, Spain 1-2 Netherlands

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