The Netherlands have a perfect record after their three group matches at Euro 2021. But how good are the Oranje? Good enough to win it all? The knockouts will be revealing.
The Dutch beat North Macedonia, Austria and Ukraine on their way to the round of 16 at Euro, but these teams aren’t exactly the elite. And every group game has been played at home in Amsterdam. In fact, sports betting doesn’t even rank Frank de Boer’s team in the top five of the nations most likely to win Euro 2021.
A convincing victory at Puskas Arena in Budapest against a Czech Republic team that played against England (1-0 loss) and tied with Croatia (1-1) could win over a few other skeptics who still don’t know so the Netherlands The men’s team is back after failing to qualify for Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
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Meanwhile, the Czechs play with household money after leaving the group. Their formula involved a compact and organized tactical structure that allows their star striker to make the tie-breakers. Patrik Schick took responsibility for making a difference in this tournament with three goals, becoming one of the star names.
The winner of this match will probably feel that a semi-final is more than possible with Dark Horse Denmark waiting for the next in the quarter-finals.
How to watch Netherlands vs Czech Republic
- Dated: Sunday June 27
- Time: 12 p.m. ET
- TV channels: ESPN
- Diffusion: Diffusion: fuboTV, ESPN app, PrendeTV
ESPN will broadcast the game and the network can be streamed on fuboTV (7 day free trial).
Can Memphis Depay carry the Dutch?
Depay, 27, was a rising star in world football when he was transferred from PSV Eindhoven to Manchester United in 2015 for a transfer fee that reportedly exceeded $ 38 million. But he disappointed during his stay in England and in 2017 moved to French club Lyon, where his star shone again. He is now set to join Spanish giant FC Barcelona this summer and he has also become an important player for his national team again.
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Depay has two goals and two assists at Euro 2021 and he is the benchmark of the Dutch attack. His runs were as sharp as they were unpredictable, and his one-on-one ability created defensive havoc for the opposition. If he gets on his game and gets his hits, Oranje fans will be happy with their chances. But we can also bet that the Czechs have a special game plan in store for him.
Czechs without captain
Czech captain and midfielder Vladimir Darida missed the team’s last training session, according to reports. Left-back Jan Boril is also suspended.
Darida, a central midfielder who plays for Hertha Berlin in the German Bundesliga, represents a major loss for the Czechs; his absence could upset the team’s balance. Fellow center midfielder Tomas Soucek of West Ham must take a step forward with Darida. These are the types of soucek that will be needed in this match for the Czech Republic: players ready to run and run all day. This even includes striker Patrik Schick.
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The Czechs will not have any illusions that they can face the Dutch. The Czech Republic’s approach must be defense first. given the few scoring opportunities created by the team (an expected penalty-free goal of 2.4 in its three group games).
Here are the starting eleven announced by the two teams before the match:
Netherlands (5-3-2, from left to right): Maarten Stekelenburg-GK – Patrick van Aanholt, Daley Blind, Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij, Denzel Dumfries – Frenkie de Jong, Georginio, Wijnaldum, Marten de Roon – Donyell Malen, Memphis Depay
Czech Republic (4-2-3-1, from left to right): Tomas Vaclik-GK – Pavel Kaderabek, Tomas Kalas, Ondrej Celustka, Vladimir Coufal – Tomas Soucek, Tomas Holes – Petr Sevcik, Antonin Barak, Lukas Masopust – Patrik Schick
Netherlands vs Czech Republic odds and prediction
There is a history between these two teams, and the Czechs were one of the main reasons the Dutch missed their qualification for Euro 2016. Recent precedents will surely give the Czech Republic confidence that they are may succeed in obtaining another result in neutral territory in Budapest.
The Czechs are a conservative, hard-working team that will sit down deep and concede very little defensively. Expect them to impose a physical style against the Dutch with slippery passes and try to get them out of their preferred pace. A choppy game will suit underdogs.
The Czech Republic will make sure this game is close, and it will be decided by one or two key moments that will tip the scales. But if the Dutch score early it could get ugly. It might be worth it to see how the first 10-15 minutes go, and then see if “total goals under 2.5” are still available at attractive odds.
Prediction: Netherlands 1, Czech Republic 0
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
- Netherlands winners (90 minutes): -175
- The Netherlands advance: -335
- Prize draw (90 min): +300
- Czech Republic winner (90 minutes): +510
- The Czech Republic advances: +260
- Czech Republic double chance (winner or draw): +143
- Less than 1.5 goals in total: +280
- Less than 2.5 goals in total: -110