Netherlands meet England in a huge 2023-24 UEFA Women’s Nations League A1 clash in Utrecht.
Victory could see Netherlands go top if Belgium lose to Scotland, whilst England can stay top with a win unless Belgium better their result.
Netherlands have no fresh injury concerns to report after their surprise 2-1 loss to Belgium, with Daphne van Domselaar, Wieke Kaptein and Katja Snoeijs amongst those looking to start.
England manager, Sarina Wiegman could rotate her squad with Alessia Russo expected to start, having been left out of the squad for their 2-1 win against Scotland last Friday evening.
When is Kick-Off?
Netherlands host England at Stadion Galgenwaard in a 8pm CEST (7pm UK Time) kick-off on Tuesday 26 September, live on ITV4 in the UK.
- Netherlands have won just one of their last five meetings against England in all competitions (W1, D1, L3).
- England have lost just one of their last six away matches against Netherlands on Dutch soil (W4, D1, L1).
- England have kept two clean sheets in their last five meetings against the Netherlands in all competitions.
- Netherlands have lost each of their last two matches in all competitions by a 2-1 result (L2).
- Lauren Hemp has scored in three of her last four England appearances, except in their 1-0 loss to Spain in the Women’s World Cup Final.
After falling to a surprise defeat away to Belgium in their opening match of this new competition, Netherlands simply must improve and be more clinical otherwise defeat would leave their backs slammed against the wall in the hunt for qualification as group winners for the knockouts.
England meanwhile have their own issues because despite beating Scotland with Lucy Bronze, Rachel Daly and Lauren Hemp in particular looking lively, yet other players were still sluggish after a month off yet they grinded out the win in a solid performance despite a sloppy conceded goal.
Wiegman’s decision to rest Russo therefore might just prove wise because the Dutch will provide another difficult test but having a refreshed Russo back might just prove key in terms of attack, whilst those who struggled on Wearside hopefully will be more back into their stride.
This match won’t be easy for either team but if England can dominate like they did against Scotland, they might well have the edge to put Netherlands’ dreams closer to the rocks after just two games.
Prediction: Netherlands 1-2 England
Result: Netherlands 2-1 England