- Netherlands will play their opening fixture looking for a first win at a European Championship since 2008
- Ukraine have just one win in two appearances at a European Championship finals
- Read on for betting odds, full preview and a best bet for this Group C opener for both teams
The Netherlands will play they first game at major finals in seven years when they open their Euro 2020 campaign with a clash against Ukraine on Sunday, June 13th, wrapping up the opening round of fixtures in Group C.
There are only a handful of holdovers from the country’s run to the semifinals at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but those players will be looking to uphold the Netherlands’ mantle as the clear favorites to emerge from Group C, while Ukraine will be looking to make it to the knockout phase of a European Championship for the first time.
Netherlands vs Ukraine Odds
|Matchup||Spread at DraftKings||Moneyline||Total|
|Netherlands vs Ukraine||NET -1.5 (+200) | UKR +1.5 (-245)||NET -155 | UKR +480
|Ov 1.5 (-286) | Un 1.5 (+225)|
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Can Dutch Come Back With A Bang?
After missing out on Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, the 1988 European champions have been spent far too long – for such a proud footballing nation – on the outside looking in as the eyes of the world focused on the major events. Optimistic Dutch fans might point to that as an omen of success, however – the last time the Netherlands missed out on the European Championship finals was 1984, and upon their return they won the whole thing in West Germany four years later.
This is a young team brimming with talent, such as Barcelona’s Frenkie De Jong and Juventus center back Matthijs de Ligt – although De Ligt will miss the opening game with a groin injury. Those youngsters will be paired with established holdovers from the 2014 World Cup semifinalists, such as striker Memphis Depay and Gino Wijnaldum, who just joined PSG from Liverpool.
Memphis Depay has scored each of the last four goals for The Netherlands 🇳🇱 pic.twitter.com/p0A5az5xpX
— Goal (@goal) June 6, 2021
However, the loss of De Ligt, as well as Liverpool linchpin Virgil van Dijk, who missed most of last season with a torn ACL and will sit out Euro 2020, could make the Dutch vulnerable in the opening game.
As ever with the Dutch, it is the small details that are causing major headaches. For Dutch coach Ronald De Boer, it is which formation he will line up with this tournament, with the former Atlanta United coach opting for a 3-5-2, despite much of the country wanting to see its stars line up in a 4-3-3.
— FootballChampions (@FootballChamp0) June 12, 2021
Of course, the team’s formation will affect how some of its biggest stars, such as De Jong and Wijnaldum, are able to impose themselves on the opening fixture.
Despite their absence from the major tournament finals, the Dutch enter Euro 2020 on a decent run of form, having lost just twice in their past 24 games, those being their opening 2022 World Cup qualifier against Turkey back in March and a Nations League fixture against Italy. Over that spell, they have beaten the likes of Germany and Portugal, as well as picking up draws against top-ranked Belgium.
Shevchenko Making His Mark
Former AC Milan star Andriy Shevchenko has certainly made an impression on his native country in his five years in charge. While he has a 50% win percentage in his 46 games in charge, his team really came on strong during an unbeaten qualifying campaign for Euro 2020, outpointing defending champions Portugal to finish top of their group with six wins from eight games.
The team struggled somewhat during the more recent Nations League campaign though, losing four times in a tough group featuring Germany and Spain. Ukraine ended up finishing bottom of their four-team group, behind third-placed Switzerland.
Netherlands vs Ukraine Key Stats
|6-1-1 (2nd in Group C)||Record in Euro Qualifying||6-0-2 (1st in Group B)|
|WDWWL||Form in Last Five Matches||WWDDD|
If there is one thing going for Ukraine it will be the unfamiliarity that both teams will have with each other. Sunday’s match will be the first competitive fixture between the sides, with the two previous meetings having both been friendlies. Netherlands won the first meeting handily, by a 4-1 scoreline back in 2008, while the second meeting two years later resulted in a 1-1 draw.
Best bet: Draw (+280)