Match Time: 10/11/2019 02:45 Friday(GMT+8)
Netherlands: Back-to-back victories (Recent Form: WWLDLW)
Netherlands are on 3rd place in group C in UEFA Euro 2020 qualification with 9 points. They have performed well in September, winning both games against Germany (4:2) and Estonia (4:0). Netherlands host Northern Ireland on Thursday. “I do not want to say that they are on the level of Estonia, but it is clear that we will be much in possession of the ball against Northern Ireland. We are now in a situation where we are playing against theoretically weaker opponents. We may be changing more in the coming games, even in the games themselves, than we have done before,” said coach Ronald Koeman.
Northern Ireland: No longer unbeaten (Recent Form: LWWWWW)
Northern Ireland sit on 2nd position in the standings with 12 points. In the last qualifying match they suffered from their first defeat, against Germany (0:2) at home. Now it’s time for an away encounter. “We know their strengths and weaknesses very well. It is a team that is on the rise but it is a team with a certain level of expectation because Netherlands have not qualified for the last two tournaments. This is a team that has the burden of trying to break that cycle. Equally it is probably not the most experienced international team. Virgil van Dijk is arguably the best centre back in the world but he has 30 caps, so they maybe don't yet have that level of experience of previous Dutch sides. They are an excellent team and I definitely think they are going to grow,” said manager Michael O'Neill.
THE BETTING VERDICT:
In conclusion, I believe that hosts are favourites of this clash. Netherlands are clearly a stronger team than Northern Ireland and perhaps they may get a comfortable victory in front of their fans.
Netherlands VS Northern Ireland
Handicap Pick: Netherlands -2