Euro Qualifications / Netherlands vs Northern Ireland – A very interesting match in the Group C that can determine a lot. Northern Ireland shares the first place with Germany, while the Netherlands has three points fewer from one less played match. So, everything is still open and in the end one of these teams will not go at the European Championship. Northern Ireland was defeated for the first time in the previous round, when the Dutch triumphed. The two teams met the last time in 2012 and the Netherlands won their friendly by even 6-0.
Game Netherlands vs Northern Ireland begins 10.10.2019 at 20:45 CET
The Dutch were defeated in the second round of these qualifications. The lost to Germany at home, but after that they played much better. The most important was that they revenged to the Germans away, while victories over Belarus and Estonia belong to the expected category. In the meantime they played in the final of the League of Nations but they failed to win the title since they lost to the hosts, Portugal. The Dutch easily outplayed Estonia in the previous qualifying round, and interestingly they won all three matches with four scored goals. They have no significant problems with injuries.
Probable lineups Netherlands: Cillessen – Veltman, van Dijk, de Ligt, Blind – F. de Jong, Strootman, Wijnaldum – Malen, Babel, Depay
Northern Ireland still has favourable situation in the table, however, this team has a bit unusual schedule. They played two times with Estonia and Belarus in first four rounds and given that those teams are outsiders in the Group C it was expected to win. Northern Ireland didn’t play masterfully and mostly won by minimal goal difference. In the previous round they played the first difficult match and they were defeated by Germany at home, while now come two matches with the Netherlands, which will probably shape their fate in these qualifications. The biggest handicap is injury of forward Washington.
Probable lineups N. Ireland: Peacock-Farrell – Dallas, Cathcart, J. Evans, Lewis – S. Davis – C. Evans, Saville, McNair, McGinn – Magennis
Betting Pick: Netherlands vs N. Ireland
The Dutch are anyway great favourites to win regardless of the situation in the table. Besides, they have showed a formidable efficiency in these qualifications and we expect to again play in the same fashion. It is hard to tell what the Irish can do but a goals fest should be the end result.
Pick: over 3 goals
Odds: 1.93 at bethard (down to 1.83 can be played)
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