The Netherlands play Belarus in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualification match at Dinamo National Olympic Stadium.
It’s a tight race in Group C as the Netherlands (12 points) lead the table ahead of Germany and Northern Ireland, also on 12 points, only due to a better goal difference.
The Netherlands have missed the last two major football competitions, and when Josh Magennis scored a 75th-minute goal at De Kuip in the last game, the two-time champions were losing the control of their group. At that time, Ireland were at the top of the group with 15 points, and Germany on 12 and the Dutch were at 3rd with just 9 points.
But Ronald Koeman’s men scripted a comeback, a timely one, as the hosts scored two injury times goals and won the game 3-1 to take the top spot.
But the Netherlands don’t have a room for complacency as the both Germany and Northern Ireland can still usurp them from top-two.
Belarus, meanwhile, are already out of the race for the Euro 2020, having won just once in the six games coming into this match.
The European Qualifiers match will be played between Belarus and Netherlands at Dinamo National Olympic Stadium, in Minsk, Belarus. The ground has a capacity of 22,000.
The game will start at 09:30 PM (IST), on Sunday, October 13.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Belarus – L L L W L D
Netherlands – L W L W W W
Belarus Team News:
Belarus have a clean bill of health for this match. With no player out, we may see the hosts line-up the same playing 11 which played a 0-0 stalemate against Estonia in the last game.
Maksim Skavysh has been the most prolific player for Belarus in the qualification rounds and should lead the attack for the hosts.
Stanislaw Dragun and Ihar Stasevich should get the go-ahead in the attacking midfield positions with Ivan Bakhar featuring only from the bench.
Belarus to choose from:
Goalkeepers: Alyaksandr Hutar, Anton Chichkan, Egor Khatkevich
Defenders: Alyaksandr Martynovich, Dzyanis Palyakow, Zakhar Volkov, Nikita Naumov, Syarhey Palitsevich, Aleh Veratsila, Syarhey Matsveychyk, Nikolay Zolotov
Midfielders: Stanislaw Drahun, Evgeni Yablonski, Pavel Savitski, Ihar Stasevich, Dzmitry Baha, Max Ebong, Ivan Maevski, Ivan Bakhar, Yury Kavalyow, Yevgeniy Shevchenko
Forwards: Dzyanis Laptsew, Maksim Skavysh, Vitaly Lisakovic
Belarus Probable XI:
Gutor (GK), Polyakov, Politsevich, Martynovich, Matveichyk; Maevski, Yablonski; Stasevich, Dragun, Savitskiy; Skavysh
Netherlands FC Team News:
Update: Memphis Depay has been ruled out of this game. He won’t play any part.
In terms of injury and suspension, Dutch have no fresh concerns ahead of this game. The likes of Justin Kluivert, Hans Hateboer, Wout Weghorst, Terence Kongolo and Tonny Vilhena are not with the squad.
That said, Ronald Koeman is expected to shuffle his pack for this game, to keep his players fresh.
Luuk de Jong came off the bench to score a 91st-minute goal which put his side ahead in the game, and Koeman may reward him with a spot in the playing 11.
Ryan Babel had a rather quiet evening and may lose his place to either Luuk de Jong or Donyell Malen.
While big guns Virgil Van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum should keep their place in the starting 11.
The Netherlands to choose from:
Bizot, Cillessen, Vermeer, Van Aanholt, Ake, Blind, Van Dijk, Dumfries, De Ligt, Veltman, De Vrij, Van de Beek, De Jong, De Roon, Strootman, Wijnaldum, Babel, Berghuis, Promes, Luuk de Jong, Malen
Netherlands Probable XI:
Cillessen (GK), Dumfries, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Blind, F de Jong, De Roon, Wijnaldum, Malen, Babel, Bergwijn
Likely to score:
NED vs BLR Dream11 potential winner:
Anything other than a win for the Netherlands will be seen as a complete disaster. We back the visitors to win this match.