The Netherlands’ post-Ronald Koeman era moves into its second match as they host Italy in the Uefa Nations League on Monday at 7:45pm.
Following Koeman’s departure to Barcelona, the Oranje were guided to a 1-0 victory over Poland on Friday by interim boss Dwight Lodeweges — Steven Bergwijn’s 61st-minute goal doing the damage.
Italy, meanwhile, endured a much less comfortable start to their Nations League campaign, with Stefano Sensi’s goal cancelling out Edin Dzeko’s opener to spare the Azzurri’s blushes and earn a 1-1 draw at home to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Whoever wins this one is sure to take a firm grip on proceedings in Group A1, so read on for our preview, prediction, team news and live broadcast details.
Where to watch Netherlands vs Italy on TV:
- UK: Sky Sports Premier League
- US: ESPN+
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Netherlands & Italy’s previous line-ups:
- Netherlands (vs Poland): Cillessen; Hateboer, Veltman, Van Dijk, Ake; De Roon, De Jong; Bergwijn, Wijnaldum, Promes; Depay.
- Italy (vs Bosnia & Herzegovina): Donnarumma; Florenzi, Bonucci, Acerbi*, Biraghi; Pellegrini, Sensi, Barella; Chiesa, Belotti, Insigne.
Lodeweges is unlikely to make too many changes to the side which beat Poland last time out with no fresh injury concerns arising from that game. Donny van de Beek is likely to remain on the bench given his recent transfer upheaval.
Mancini may bring Giorgio Chiellini back into the starting XI in place of Francesco Acerbi after bizarely confessing it was a mistake to leave him out last time.
“It was my fault,” he said. “They showed me the line-up, I didn’t have my glasses on and just said it was fine. I didn’t notice Acerbi was there rather than Chiellini.
“Anyway, we had planned originally for Acerbi to play one game and Chiellini another. I had asked Giorgio if he wanted to play today or on Monday with Holland, he said today, but we’ll have to swap it now.
“It’s not like we chose a goalkeeper rather than a defender, it’s not a massive difference, but yes, it was an error.”
Players to watch:
- Netherlands: After recovering from an awful ACL injury, Memphis Depay quickly rediscovered his form to help Lyon reach the Champions League semi-finals, while he started the new Ligue 1 season with a hat-trick against Dijon. He didn’t net against Poland last time out, but Depay has scored no fewer than 11 goals in 16 caps for the Netherlands since the start of 2018 and could cause an ageing backline of Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci some problems with his combination of speed, skill and spatial awareness.
- Italy: It’s highly irregular to see a manager admit such a bizarre line-up mistake as misreading the team sheet because he wasn’t wearing his glasses, but that’s what Mancini did. With that in mind, he basically confirmed Giorgio Chiellini‘s starting position in this game, and it’ll be interesting to see how he copes with the aforementioned livewire Depay. Chiellini may be 36, but he carries a wise old head on those broad shoulders — one which has picked up no fewer than 103 senior international caps. Depay, Bergwijn and Co would do well not to underestimate his defensive capabilites.