Our prediction for this Nations League match:
All eyes will be on Johan Cruijff Arena when Netherlands and Italy face each other in the Nations League derby. The Oranje kicked off their campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Lewandowski-less Poland, and, no doubt, they want to cement top position in Group 1. Liverpool ace Virgil van Dijk, who helped Netherlands keep a clean sheet in their opener, will be the man to watch in the home team.
The Azzurri, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 1-1 draw with Bosnia, with Roberto Mancini’s troops saving one point thanks to Stefano Sensi’s goal. Even though Monday’s game will be played behind closed doors, home win should be considered as Netherlands are more of a team than Italy at the moment. Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini, who was accidently left on the bench against Bosnia, is widely expected to return to the starting line-up.
Highlighted Player (Donny van de Beek):
Born in Nijkerkerveen, Netherlands on April 18, 1997, Donny van de Beek is a Dutch footballer who started his youth career at Veensche Boys. In 2008 he was spotted by Ajax scouts who persuaded him to move to Amsterdam. Donny van de Beek continued playing for the Amsterdammers at senior level, establishing himself as a first-team regular.
The 184-cm-tall footballer has three caps with Netherlands U21 team and he made his senior debut with the national team against Romania on November 14, 2017. Van de Beek’s main position is attacking midfield, but he is used as a central midfielder as well. His preferred foot is right and he has a contract with Ajax until June 30, 2022.
Dutch football experts often compare him with Davy Klaassen as he works very hard and play between the lines. Donny van de Beek scored 9 goals for the Amsterdammers in the 2018/2019 Eredivisie season, providing 10 assists for his teammates.
Highlighted Team (Italy):
With four World Cup titles and one European Championship trophy, Italy remain one of world’s most successful teams and they have also finished as runners up at major tournaments on four occasions. The Azzurri have become famous for their result oriented football over the years which is perfectly suited for World Cup and Euro finals, so it is now a surprise when they fail to reach the final stages.
After winning the second and third edition of the World Cup, Italy endured a difficult period until lifting their first European Championship title in 1968, while they also managed to show some improvement at the turn of the century. While winning the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the Azzurri reached Euro finals in 2000 and 2012, and they are still regarded as one of the leading sides in Europe.
There have been too many high-profile players leaving their mark on the national team to count, but the likes of Paolo Maldini, Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, Dino Zoff, Roberto Baggio, Luigi Riva and Alessandro Del Piero will go down as some of the most successful ones.