Even though it's a friendly fixture, clashes between The Netherlands and Spain always have a heavyweight feel attached to them.
Who can forget the Dutch winning 5-1 in the opening match of the 2014 World Cup?
Back to the present, and we've got a quick preview as well as all of the relevant betting facts & figures so that you can make well-informed picks.
🗞 Match Preview
The Netherlands takes on Spain in a high-profile friendly at Amsterdam's Johan Cruijff Arena tonight. Spain went down to a surprise 1-0 loss to Ukraine last time out, while the hosts enter this fixture winless in four matches. With Ronald Koeman having departing to take up the Barcelona job, it's been a tricky start for new man Frank de Boer who's started his reign with a three-match winless run.
A long-term injury to key defensive cornerstone Virgil van Dijk has hardly lifted the mood in the camp, although Oranje did gain a creditable 1-1 draw last time out against Italy in Bergamo, with Man United newcomer Donny van de Beek scoring his maiden international goal.
Spain hs drawn four of their last five assignments on the road and all five of those outings produced fewer than three goals. They have netted in 43 of their last 45 internationals though, and they're always good value to find the net.
🔮 Likely XIs
🇳🇱 The Netherlands (4-3-3):
Krul; Hateboer, De Vrij, Ake, Van Aanholt; Van de Beek, Klaassen, Wijnaldum; Berghuis, Depay, Babel
🇪🇸 Spain (4-3-3):
Kepa; Navas, Ramos, P.Torres, Gaya; Canales, Rodri, Merino; Olmo, Llorente; Morata
🔑 Key match facts
- Spain’s last five away matches have all produced under 2.5 goals.
- The Netherlands is currently on its first winless run of four matches since 2014.
- Spain is currently on their first winless run of five away games since a sequence extending into 1993.
- Spain has scored in all but two of their last 45 fixtures played anywhere (W29, D13, L3 - 90 mins) while additionally scoring on or after the 80th minute in six of their last ten matches.
- Stefan de Vrij was amongst the goalscorers in the Netherlands’ unforgettable 5-1 H2H win at the 2014 World Cup.
- Spain striker Paco Alcácer scored the winner in his nation’s last away win, with six of his eight club-level goals this term arriving beyond the hour mark.
- Excluding matches on neutral turf, March 1988 is the last time Spain lost away from home after scoring first.
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