Italy vs. Netherlands tonight: The stats behind the historic rivalry between the Azzurri and Oranje

Italy vs. Netherlands tonight: The stats behind the historic rivalry betwee

While both sides deal with the disappointment of missing out on the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Italy vs. the Netherlands tonight at 20:45 CEST remains a match between two storied names of international football. Both are now going through rebuilding projects to return to where they belong. It’s a meeting between two great schools of thought in football that have left their mark on the history of the game.

Let’s take a look at the figures between this important sporting rivalry. 

▪  The Netherlands have won just three times in 20 matches against Italy. The Azzurri have won nine with eight draws. 

▪  The Azzurri are unbeaten at home, having won six of the eight previous matches. 

▪ The Netherlands have never won against Italy in a friendly with six draws and eight defeats. 

▪ All of the last 11 Azzurri goals against the Dutch have been scored by a different player:  Eranio, R. Baggio, Vialli, Gilardino, Vlaar (og.), Toni, Verratti, Immobile, De Rossi, Éder and Bonucci.

▪ Italy have lost three of the last six in all competitions (one win and two draws), as many defeats as in the previous 21.

▪ Italy have however only lost one of the last 24 at home (12 wins and 11 defeats). The Azzurri have drawn in the two most recent home fixtures. 

▪ The last time that Italy drew three straight home games was in June 2014, under Cesare Prandelli. 

▪ Italy have won 24 of the 37 matches played in Turin (8 draws and 5 defeats). The Azzurri have drawn 1-1 in the three most recent matches in the city against England, Spain and FYR Macedonia. 

▪ Five of the last seven goals conceded by Italy have come from dead balls (three from corners, one from a penalty and the most recent from a free kick). 

▪ Since 1970, only two of the most recent Italy coaches have lost their first home match. Roberto Donadoni in 2006 (0-2 against Croatia) and Giampiero Ventura in 2016 (1-3 against France). 

▪ During his playing career, Roberto Mancini faced the Netherlands twice (both times as a substitute), he won once and drew in the other match during two friendlies in 1990. Ronald Koeman and Roberto Mancini met as coaches in 2007 when Koeman’s PSV Eindhoven lost 2-0 to Mancini’s Inter at San Siro in a Champions League group stage. 

▪ All of Itay’s ten most recent goals have been scored by different players: Éder, Bernardeschi, Gabbiadini, Immobile, Chiellini, Candreva, Insigne, Balotelli, Belotti and Bonucci. 

▪ Since his Dutch debut (15 October 2013), no player has provided more assists for the Oranje than Memphis Depay (8). 

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