In an international friendly match, the Netherlands will host Italy at the Amsterdam Arena this Tuesday, March 28, 2017 (11:45 AM Pacific). While Italy has been doing well in the UEFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers, the Netherlands has been struggling, regardless both teams have strong squads and should present an enticing duel.
The Netherlands is currently in fourth place in Group A of the UEFA 2018 World Cup qualifying stage. The Dutch team is coming from a disappointing 2-0 loss against Bulgaria which may have slain any chances at participating in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The fans of ‘oranje’ have always been loyal, however, and should present a vibrant atmosphere at the Amsterdam Arena this Tuesday.
Some of the standout players for Holland will be Arjen Robben, Memphis Depay and Wesley Sneijder. Depay will be among the more intriguing players on the team currently in top form with his club team, Lyon of the French Ligue 1. The Netherlands do have a lot to play for in this encounter, despite it being a friendly match especially in front of the home support.
Italy is coming from a much more positive result in the UEFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers, having beaten Albania 2-0. ‘Gli Azzurri’ has done extremely well in the qualifiers currently in second place in Group G with 13 points, only behind on goal differential to Spain in first. Gian Piero Ventura could use this an opportunity to test some of the younger players on the squad like Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alessio Romagnoli, Andrea Belotti and Andrea Petanga. The match should be a great encounter between two top teams in Europe at a great venue.