Kick-off: 1945, 25/09/2022
Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena
TV: Premier Sports
Netherlands can afford to lose by two goals against Belgium in Amsterdam and still finish on top of the Nations League Group A4 table.
However, Louis van Gaal will be determined to make it a 15-match unbeaten run since returning for a third stint as Holland manager.
We reckon 13/5 for an honourable draw is the way to go with our first Netherlands vs Belgium prediction.
The Dutch have been holding all the aces in this pool ever since kicking off with a 4-1 victory over Belgium in Brussels.
Netherlands had to work hard to build on that success, twice edging out Wales in stoppage time and coming from 2-0 down to draw with Poland on home turf.
However, they have one foot in the final four of this competition following Thursday’s 2-0 triumph versus the Poles in Warsaw.
Cody Gakpo and Steven Bergwijn were on hand to finish off some sublime build-up play for this free-flowing Oranje outfit.
Arkadiusz Milik missed a golden opportunity for the Eagles when it was just 1-0, but few would argue that Holland deserved their victory.
Van Gaal said: “It was a big test for us as we played against top strikers like Lewandowski and Milik, but we passed this test with a very good result.
“I am very satisfied with how we played. We dominated the game and played the way I wanted us to play.”
Memphis Depay picking up a muscle injury was the only sour point, but Holland have plenty of attacking options right now.
Looking at the 16/5 is probably worth the extra risk.
Belgium bounced back from that blip versus Holland in emphatic fashion, thrashing Poland 6-1 in the second round of games.
The Red Devils were then pegged back late on in a 1-1 draw in Wales before beating the Poles 1-0 on the road.
Thursday’s 2-1 home defeat of Wales was a game of two halves, with Belgium dominating before the break but coming under pressure during the second period.
Michy Batshuayi teed up Kevin De Bruyne to strike from the edge of the area before the Manchester City ace also hit the post.
The roles were reversed when Batshuayi tapped in De Bruyne’s excellent cross at the far post.
Wales pulled a goal back via Kieffer Moore’s header on 50 minutes but the Red Devils held on to keep their qualification hopes alive.
“Against the Netherlands, we’ll have to win by three goals – that will be very difficult,” said Batshuayi. “They have the upper hand, but never say never.”
This should be a cracking contest between two sides who look great going forward but can be prone to defensive lapses in concentration.
Let’s add 33/20 for both teams to score in the second half to our Netherlands vs Belgium betting tips.
Poland 0-2 NETHERLANDS – Cody Gakpo, Steven Bergwijn
BELGIUM 2-1 Wales – Kevin De Bruyne, Michy Batshuayi
Head-to-head: Belgium 1-4 Netherlands, Belgium 1-1 Netherlands, Netherlands 1-1 Belgium
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