As is often the case with England friendly matches, there have been several withdrawals although all of the players concerned have legitimate injuries, especially as it’s not a good time to be opting out of the national squad.
Wayne Rooney, Darren Bent, Tom Cleverley, Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker being absent means that there are chances for other players to stake their claims, most notably in attack where Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck are expected to lead the line.
England are a 19/10 chance (Unibet free bets) to win against the Netherlands, just as they did towards the end of 2011 when Spain came to Wembley as heavy favourites. We should expect a spirited performance from the home side, even if Pearce is likely to use players sparingly due to requests from club managers.
Holland have a squad including many quality international players and they can be backed at 6/4 (bet365 bookmaker) to win this match ahead of a tough looking Euro 2012 group which also includes Germany, Portugal and Denmark.
The men in orange reached the 2010 World Cup final thanks to some pragmatic football, although Bert Van Marwijk does have the sort of players that can play a more expansive game and that includes the irrepressible Robin Van Persie who showed a touch of class when scoring Arsenal’s equaliser against Tottenham on Sunday.
RVP is an 11/2 chance (Bet Victor £50 free bets) to open the scoring against an England side that are missing John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, although some home supporters will claim that the missing pair don’t make the team any weaker.
Perhaps we might see some fireworks from the young pair of Sturridge and Welbeck who are both a 13/2 poke to break the deadlock, while the match finishing all square is the probable outcome considering it is a result with which both teams will be happy.