Netherlands race for the finals

Netherlands race for the finals

Netherlands and Croatia meets for their UEFA Nations League semi-finals meeting, where winners will book a finals spot. On the other hand, the nation who will lose here is not going home yet, as they will book a spot for a battle for the bronze. Both the Netherlands and Croatia made an outstanding run in their group stage, putting them in the semi-finals. Netherlands dominated their group stage in League A Group 4, to make it in the semis. As for Croatia, they were able to overcome the strength of the defending champions, France. This win for Croatia allowed them to escape the League A Group 1, and have their way until the semi-finals. This meeting will be on June 15, 2023, at 2:45 AM (GMT+8).

These two teams only had two meetings prior to this match, with both teams winning one apiece. However, from those two previous games, only Netherlands were able to keep a clean sheet, during their 3-0 win in 2008. In Netherlands‘ last four matches across all competitions, they have scored eight goals. Croatia on the other hand has a good momentum coming into this game, as they are unbeaten in their last three matches across all contests. However, their last defeat is a heartbreak, as it was a 3-0 loss against Argentina in the World Cup semi-finals. With a finals spot at stake, expect that these two teams will give their all for this match.

Netherlands

Nations League: Netherlands
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Netherlands were able to top their group stage, which gave them the access going to the next round of the contest. Throughout the campaign, Netherlands have been fairly impressive, which is no longer surprising. Moreover, they are confident coming into this match, as they were able to defeat Gibraltar in a 3-0 win for them. This squad has a lot of talented players in their team, which made their run in this league impressive. However, it is just unfortunate that despite having a very talented members in their squad, Netherlands have yet to win a title yet. In their campaign, Netherlands rely on Memphis Depay, and Frenkie de Jong, but it may be a different story for this match.

Unfortunately for Netherlands, they are experiencing a huge blow right now, with Memphis Depay, and Matthijs de Ligt watching on the sides. Depay suffered a calf problem which kept him out since the beginning of May, while de Ligt is with the same issue. Additionally, Reijnder, and Blind are both out of the squad already, while Gravenberch, Berghuis, de Vrij, and Frimpong are all absent.

Croatia

Nations League: Croatia
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Croatia on the other hand had a tough journey to reach the top of their group in the contest, as they are currently in the middle of a transition. However, despite a tough journey, they were able to remain unbeaten in their previous matches. In fact, on their last match, they were able to win against Turkey in a 2-0 win, in March of this year. This win gives them the confidence that they have a shot for a spot in the finals of the Nations League. Croatia is expected to aim hard to achieve the same result coming into this game. They consistently improve over the past years, and are proving how capable they are as a team.

When it comes to injuries, Croatia are no better as they are also suffering from key injuries in this match. They will be without Josko Gvardiol, who is struggling with his groin injury, and is expected to miss in this match. Additionally, Marko Livaja is also absent here, as he suffered a training incident, which will keep him out in this match. Luka Modric is expected to lead Croatia in this match.

Prediction:

Netherlands (2.5)
Odds: -0.83

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