Netherlands v England Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

New Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman will get his tenure underway with a high-profile friendly clash against England at the Amsterdam ArenA on Friday.

The 55-year-old is his country’s fourth manager in four years, taking over after Dick Advocaat resigned following his failure to secure World Cup qualification.

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Having spent most of the last four seasons managing in the Premier League with Southampton and Everton, he is available at 6/4 (2.50) with dabblebet to get off to a winning start against familiar opposition.

The Three Lions have won just once in 13 meetings between these sides, but are on offer at 9/5 (2.80) to give their World Cup preparations a boost with an impressive victory here.

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Both of the guests’ last two matches have resulted in goalless draws, and you can get odds of 21/10 (3.10) on them playing out yet another stalemate in this one.

Team News

Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder both announced their retirement following the unsuccessful World Cup qualification campaign, making way for the new guard.

The latest squad features Patrick Kluivert’s son Justin and AZ Alkmaar’s Guus Til among the five uncapped players.

Nick Pope, Alfie Mawson, James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook are the four potential debutants in Gareth Southgate’s experimental squad, which is missing the injured Harry Kane.

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After playing out two consecutive 0-0 draws, Southgate’s men look even less likely to provide much entertainment in front of goal without the services of Kane.

The Tottenham striker is the only player to find the net for England in the last four matches, although they have at least kept a clean sheet in each of those games.

This bodes well for keeping at bay a strikeforce that looks distinctly lacking in star quality compared to recent Oranje teams.

Indeed, ex-Manchester United winger Memphis Depay is the only Dutch striker to have scored a goal in one of Europe’s top five leagues this season.


With the Netherlands having kept three successive clean sheets themselves, odds of 17/20 (1.85) seem generous on England playing out a sixth game in seven that does not feature goals at both ends.

Betting Banner - Best BetBoth teams to score: ‘No’ at 17/20 (1.85) for a 1.5pt stake with dabblebet 

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Former Bidvest Wits striker Amr Gamal seals HJK Helsinki ‏move

Egyptian striker Amr Gamal has completed his move to Finnish outfit HJK Helsinki. 

The lanky marksman was recently on the books of Bidvest Wits on loan from Al Ahly, but coach Gavin Hunt confirmed just a few days ago that Gamal would be joining a team in Finland. 

HJK Helsinki unveiled the 26-year-old forward as their player on Thursday, revealing that the deal will last until August 2018. 

The agreement was reached between HJK Helsinki and parent club Al Ahly, and the Students had no say in the Egyptian giants’ decison to take Gamal away from them. 

Gamal struggled to adapt to his new surroundings, although he contributed a few important goals for the Clever Boys soon after his arrival from Al Ahly at the beginning of the season. 

He was linked with a possible move to Tshwane during the January transfer window as reports emerged that both Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United were eager to landd his signature. 

However, nothing came out of the reports, and Gamal remained at the Braamfontein-based club for the second half of the season.  

Gamal made 15 appearances in all competitions for Wits and found the back of the net twice in the process. He was part of the team that won the Telkom Knockout Cup title in 2017. 

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Helsinki football director ‏Juho Rantala expressed his delight at securing the services ofGamal for the next five months.  

“Our division is now very hard and coaching has a diverse mix of different players. Amr Gamal is a prettiest and clever punch, Pelvas is a top-quality finisher, Klauss is a strong and clever target and in Club 04, he has the chance to use Rony Huhtala, who has an extraordinary ability to run from his opponent’s footstool,” Rantala told the club website.

Gamal will consider his move to Helsinki as his last chance to play regularly and possibly make the final squad for 2018 Fifa World Cup which gets underway in June 2018.


Liverpool and Real Madrid target Alisson can be world’s best – Taffarel

Roma and Brazil shot-stopper Alisson can become the world’s best goalkeeper, according to Claudio Taffarel.

Alisson, 25, is being linked with a move to Liverpool and La Liga giants Real Madrid after impressing in the Serie A, having joined Roma from Internacional in 2016.

Taffarel, who played for the likes of Parma and Galatasaray during his club career and won the 1994 World Cup during 101 caps for Brazil, believes Alisson is capable of becoming the world’s best.

“I’ll always respect the career of [Gianluigi] Buffon, who has been brilliant. But I believe that Alisson, as a goalkeeper, is more technical with a different posture,” he told Omnisport.

“He always stands assertively and is confident in what he does. Alisson is really impressive.

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“In the time that we worked with him at Internacional and with the national squad, we knew he would reach a high level.

“There is more time needed to see if he can reach the top or not, but he has the qualities to stay on top and become the best goalkeeper in the world, without doubt.”

Alisson has made 37 appearances in all competitions for Roma this season, while he is a 22-time Brazil international.


Germany v Spain Betting Tips: Mario Gomez and Diego Costa with a chance to shine before the World Cup

While Germany and Spain are among the favourites to win this summer’s World Cup, it is perhaps fair to say that neither side boast a centre-forward who could be considered world class at international level.

The Germans’ attacking options include Mario Gomez who has netted over 30 international goals, although at 32-years-old and back with his first club Stuttgart he is perhaps not as intimidating a prospect one would expect to find leading the line for the world champions.

Spain meanwhile have recalled Diego Costa and while the Atletico Madrid forward can be a raging handful for defence, there has always been a doubt about how exactly he fits into La Roja’s system. 

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Gomez is the shortest priced player to find the back on the net in Friday’s friendly, with the former Bayern Munich man offered at 6/5 (2.20) with dabblebet to score at anytime. While Gomez may be the wrong side of 30 he is currently the highest scoring German in the Bundesliga in 2018 with six goals in 10 appearances.

The highest scoring German in the Bundesliga for the season though is Timo Werner with the 22-year-old offered at 11/8 (2.38), just ahead of the always reliable Thomas Mueller at 9/5 (2.80).

The last time these two sides met, Toni Kroos scored the only goal of the game and the Real Madrid midfielder is priced at 11/2 (6.50) to net once more.

Costa needs to take his chance

Alvaro Morata’s loss of form at Chelsea has opened the door for Diego Costa to be recalled and the Atletico Madrid man will look to stake a claim to be the starting number nine for Spain at the World Cup. Costa has not played for La Roja since last June, yet his excellent return to La Liga this year means he is in pole position to lead the line for Julen Lopetegui’s side.

The 29-year-old is priced at 6/4 (2.50) to score, although he six international goals for Spain have come against lowly opposition (Luxembourg, Albania, Macedonia, Lichenstein and Israel). Friday’s game therefore is a huge chance for him to net against quality opposition for the first time and further his claims for a regular spot.

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Real Madrid pair Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio have been in superb form for their club and Lopetegui is likely to want to give them some minutes on Friday.

Vazquez is offered at 7/2 (4.50) to score with Asensio at 14/5 (3.80) and neither player has previously netted a goal for La Roja.

Leroy Sane meanwhile has scored 13 times for Manchester City this season and having netted at Under 19 and Under 21 level for his country, he can be backed at 5/2 (3.50) to score his first full international goal. 

Betting Banner - Best BetDiego Costa to score at anytime at 6/4 (2.50) for a 1.5pt stake with dabblebet 

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Arsenal legends told me I should leave for Chelsea – Giroud

Olivier Giroud has revealed that he was told by two “legends” that he should leave Arsenal for Chelsea in the January transfer window.

The 31-year-old striker made the move earlier this year, and while he is not entirely content with his early form at Stamford Bridge, he felt his time at the Emirates was winding down.

That was confirmed to him when Robert Pires and Freddy Ljungberg told him it was time to move on in his career.

“Football legends like Robert Pires, who’s a close friend, Freddy Ljungberg and even some former Chelsea players told me that their game would suit me because they always play with a big striker and cross a lot,” he told L’Equipe.

While Giroud refused to criticise Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, he said he felt more important in Antonio Conte’s plans.

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“The difference is the coach made me sign and he wants to play me, he likes my profile,” he said. “Of course, the fact that Arsenal signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after recruiting Alexandre Lacazette last summer, that weighed heavily on the scales to make me lean towards leaving. 

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“Wenger told me that he would make sure, in terms of how I left, that I could be happy because he took a little responsibility with my situation. At the start of the season, I said I wanted to stay even if he wanted a different type of attacker because I knew that I was going to get some playing time and I wanted to fight for my place.

“Dropping down to third choice, though, my departure became unavoidable.”

Giroud has scored only one goal since moving to Chelsea but is in France’s squad to face Colombia and Russia in friendly matches over the coming week.