Kick-off: 1945, 10/10/2019
Stadium: De Kuip
TV: Sky Sports
The Netherlands have had to play catch-up in Euro 2020 Group C due to their Nations League exploits but now entertain Northern Ireland in fine spirits.
The Dutch enjoyed a double boost against Germany and Estonia last month, whereas the men in green had their limitations exposed by Die Mannschaft.
This should be a smooth success for Holland, although the resilient visitors rarely take a hammering, so 5/4 for a 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 home win is our opening Netherlands vs Northern Ireland prediction.
A Look At Netherlands’ Betting Odds
The Netherlands looked to have a bit of work to do to qualify from this pool after losing 3-2 at home to Germany in their second qualifier.
However, avenging that defeat with a 4-2 victory in Hamburg put Ronald Koeman’s resurgent side back on track.
The Oranje followed that up with a clinical 4-0 triumph in Estonia, as they continue to build momentum after making the Nations League final.
Georginio Wijnaldum scored in both of those games and also netted in March’s 4-0 victory versus Belarus at this Rotterdam venue, where Holland have won 14 straight matches.
Against a team which will be set up to sit deep and defend, Wijnaldum’s runs from midfield may prove tricky to cover, so 2/1 for him to strike at any time again appeals from the Netherlands vs Northern Ireland odds.
It is also worth noting that his last couple of goals came very late on, making 7/1 for him to net last another tempting option.
A Look At Northern Ireland’s Betting Odds
Northern Ireland made the most of a kind early schedule by winning their first four qualifiers, but those triumphs and a 1-0 friendly defeat of Luxembourg were only workmanlike.
Their first big test came when Germany visited Belfast and, despite playing with heart and desire, they came up short in a 2-0 loss.
Michael O’Neill named only three outfield players attached to Premier League clubs in his squad for this trip, all of them defenders, highlighting how hard it will be for them to compete up front.
A knee injury has now ruled Norwich full-back Jamal Lewis out, leaving just Jonny Evans of Leicester and Watford’s Craig Cathcart as top-flight players available.
The likes of Steven Davis (Rangers), Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) and Stuart Dallas (Leeds) will work hard in midfield, but the lack of a cutting edge in attack is there for all to see.
Let’s finish off our Netherlands vs Northern Ireland betting tips by taking 5/1 for a 2-0 home win.
Estonia 0-4 NETHERLANDS – Ryan Babel (2), Memphis Depay, Georginio Wijnaldum
Northern Ireland 0-2 GERMANY
Head-to-head: Netherlands 6-0 N Ireland, N Ireland 0-1 Netherlands, Netherlands 2-2 N Ireland
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