class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Having lost their scoring touch in recent matches, Al Hain-Cole expects the Oranje to play out a low-scoring clash against Mancini's men in Bergamo
Italy will be aiming to move clear at the top of their Nations League group when they welcome the Netherlands to Bergamo on Wednesday.
Roberto Mancini’s team are in first place of Group A1 after winning one and drawing two of the three opening fixtures, extending their unbeaten streak to 18 games in all competitions.
Italy vs Netherlands Latest Odds
Having run out 1-0 winners in the reverse encounter in Amsterdam, they are even money (2.00) favourites with bet365 to continue their good form with another victory here.
The Oranje have failed to win any of their last three matches in all competitions but can be backed at 11/4 (3.75) to return to form by coming out on top at the Gewiss Stadium.
All three of the hosts’ previous home matches in this competition have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on them being held to another stalemate in this one.
Italy vs Netherlands Team News
Andrea Belotti is suspended for an accumulation of bookings after picking up a yellow card against Poland, with Ciro Immobile likely to deputise in attack.
Memphis Depay is available again after missing Sunday’s draw with Bosnia, although Marten de Roon will now serve a one-match ban following a yellow card in that clash.
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While Depay’s return will be more than welcome, it will take a massive turnaround to improve an attack that has lost its way in recent fixtures – scoring just once in four matches and failing to find the net in each of the last three.
It is hard to see them improving on this against the Azzurri, who have only conceded twice in eight matches and gone three matches without conceding.
Nevertheless, Frank de Boer can at least draw some confidence from a backline that has conceded just twice in six fixtures themselves, making a high-scoring clash seem unlikely.
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Italy vs Netherlands Tips and Predictions
Indeed, odds of 4/5 (1.80) seem like solid value on under 2.5 goals being scored for Italy’s eighth Nations League game in eight, as well as a seventh in eight for the Netherlands.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.