Holland won’t escape crisis mode against Italy

Published by on March 28, 2017

Holland begin life without Danny Blind with a friendly, albeit a daunting one against Italy.

Gli Azzurri are 13/8 to win, but they should be slimmer odds than that given the crisis that the Netherlands find themselves in.

Blind was relieved of his duties after a 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria rendering it all the more likely that they won’t qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.

Having already missed out on Euro 2016 under his leadership, that was simply too much for the three-time World Cup finalists.

Italy, meanwhile, will be hoping for a more tame affair than their 2-0 win over Albania, which was abandoned briefly due to flares being thrown on the pitch by the visiting fans.

Gian Piero Ventura’s side haven’t lost in their last six internationals, whereas in Holland’s last four attempts, the only side they’ve beaten are minnows Luxembourg.

Arjen Robben is at 14/1 to score and lose, which is quite possible given the Bayern Munich man’s 11 goals so far this season.

However, the player to back to score first is man of the moment Andrea Belotti, who’s at 5/1. The 23-year-old is new on the international stage, but he’ll be looking for his 25th goal of the campaign for club and country.