The long-awaited Netherlands will return to a major international tournament in Euro 2020 When they face Ukraine on Sunday at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam.
After failing to qualify for the Euro 2016 and World Cup finals, the orange team will be back in action on Monday and will want to start their Euro 2020 campaign with a win over their Group C opponent, Ukraine. They have an added advantage over their fellow Group C opponents, as all three group matches are scheduled to take place in the Dutch capital.
The orange team has lost only once of its previous ten matches, although it has drawn four of them.
last Sunday 3-0 win over Georgia It will boost their morale, but De Boer’s side should be calm against a rising Ukraine side led by Andriy Shevchenko who managed to qualify and finish first in a group that included strong teams from Portugal and Serbia.
The Blues and Yellows were unbeaten in all eight of their qualifying matches, conceding only four goals and capping their Euro preparations with a 4-0 victory over Cyprus last Sunday.
Ukraine won the inaugural European Championship sixty years ago and has finished second three times since then as part of the Soviet Union. Although they have qualified for the last two Euros, they have not made it past the group stage as an independent nation, but they will be looking to do otherwise this time, starting with a win over the Netherlands.
The Netherlands has a quality list, but The absence of Virgil van Dijk It may be expensive. The defender has missed most of the season for Liverpool with a knee injury, and has ruled himself out of the European Championship to focus on getting fit for next season.
They also suffered another major setback when Donny van de Beek withdrew from the national team with a thigh injury just days before the tournament.
Their other defender Matthijs de Ligt was also suspected in the match against Ukraine due to a thigh injury.
Potential Holland lineup: Stecklenburg. Timbers, de Freige, Blind, Dumfries; de Ron, Wijnaldum, de Young; Wijndal, Weghorst, Depay
There are no injury fears for the Ukrainian national team led by Shevchenko ahead of its match against the Netherlands.
Possible Ukraine lineup: Pyatov. Karavaev, Krivtsov, Matvienko, Mykolenko; Malinovsky, Sidorchuk, Zinchenko; Yarmolenko, Zubkov, Yaremchuk
The postponement of the tournament gave Memphis Depay an extra season to recover amid fears he would struggle to play last summer due to a knee injury. This season, he was a Lyon man Revelation for his club, contributes 34 goals (22 x, 12a) in all competitions.
Depay’s ability to adapt is well reflected in him as a player. His versatility as a goalscorer and playmaker distinguishes him and enables him to play in a variety of positions. Leaving his bleak Manchester United days behind when he was a bit tough, the Dutchman has matured into a fully fledged player. His dribbling abilities, positional awareness, and poisoned shots from outside the penalty area will be crucial not only in the next game, but throughout the tournament.
Andriy Yarmolenko is undoubtedly the star of the Ukrainian national football team. The 31-year-old has 40 goals with The Blue and Yellow and is just eight goals away from breaking the national team record currently held by his boss Shevchenko.
His ability to dribble with his favorite left foot so smoothly is a joy to watch, and his finishing touches are fantastic. On Sunday, the Ukrainian spell appears to be the most likely prospect of making a difference.
Holland underperformed under Frank de Boer, and doubts about his tactics and strategies remain. While Ukraine have been performing admirably well under Shevchenko, Holland’s individual talent could give them an advantage in this confrontation. football The Netherlands expects 2-0 Ukraine.