PREVIEW: Friendly – Netherlands v Italy

FOOTBALL – Holland take on Italy in an international friendly at the Amsterdam ArenA on Wednesday, 6, February. The Dutch have never won a friendly against Italy, drawing five and losing six of the previous 11 non-competitive meetings. We have several key stats on this match listed below.

> If Huntelaar scores, he will have scored against 24 different national teams, a record for a Dutch player.

 > Oranje need four more goals to reach the 1500 mark. In their previous 728 matches Netherlands scored an average of 2.05 goals per match.

 > Euro 2012 finalists Italy have lost their last five friendly meetings: 0-1 against Uruguay, 0-1 against USA, 0-3 against Russia, 2-1 at England and 1-2 against France.

 > This five-match run without a win is Italy’s longest streak ever. The last time Italy won a friendly was in November 2011, when they beat Poland 0-2.

> Netherlands are unbeaten in their last five home matches, keeping a clean sheet in all five, since a 1-2 loss against Bulgaria last May at the Amsterdam ArenA.


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