England v Holland Wed 20:00
With a repeat fixture a possibility in Euro 2012, England go into their match with the Netherlands as odds against underdogs with Bet365, knowing that they may go up against one another once again in the near future.
The pair both proceeded through their respective qualifying groups with considerable ease and while England found it harder to top their pool ahead of Montenegro, Wales, Bulgaria and Switzerland, Holland had a far easier job of brushing aside the likes of Hungary, Moldova and San Marino amongst others.
However, Oranje faltered in their last group outing and slipped to an away defeat against Switzerland and while it’s small comfort, England managed to proceed through the stage unbeaten.
England will finally undergo their first test after the resignation of Fabio Capello, with Stuart Pearce taking over in a caretaker role and naming an experimental squad for this week’s fixture.
Frazier Campbell was a surprise inclusion in the side after returning to full fitness barely a month ago and the former Manchester United prospect may earn his return to international action sooner than expected with Wayne Rooney and Darren Bent both being ruled out for the game, with the latter a very serious injury concern with ankle ligament damage, which could put his Euro place in jeopardy.
Wayne Rooney was struggling with a throat infection last week and is expected to remain on the sidelines with the illness which could pave the way for youngsters Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck to make a claim for an England place in Ukraine.
The Three Lions will also be missing Tom Cleverley and Kyle Walker for the clash that could have a massive bearing on the morale of both sides for the coming months, especially for England under their new management.
Manchester City’s Micah Richards should come in at right back for Walker, while James Milner is expected to come into midfield, with Gareth Barry struggling with a back problem.
For Holland, manager Bert van Marwijk has a wealth of talent to choose from, with Robin Van Persie and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar set to start up front, while the Oranje should have the mercurial Wesley Sneidjer back in midfield, ably assisted by Mark Van Bommel and Dirk Kuyt, in what looks to be a fearsome attacking unit.