Netherlands face Northern Ireland in the crunch UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier match at Feyenoord Stadium.
Two-time champions are 3rd in the points table, trailing both Germany and Northern Ireland, who both have accumulated 12 points from first five games and are separated by only goal difference, by three points.
That said, the Dutch have played one game less than all the other teams in the group and could usurp both Germany and Northern Ireland from the top with a win in their extra game.
But the hosts don’t have a room for complacency. Nothing can be left to chances, not after missing the last two major competitions. This team is too good to taste another failure. A win here is of paramount importance.
However, Northern Ireland come into this game in a very good form. Prior to their 0-2 defeat at home, they orchestrated a four game-winning run.
But the interesting thing to notice is that Michael O’Neill’s men will be playing their next three games against the Netherlands – two against the next opponents and one on the road versus Germany.
So there is every chance of movement on the table.
The European Qualifiers match will be played between Netherlands and Northern Ireland at Feyenoord Stadium, in Feyenoord, the Netherlands. The ground has a capacity of 51,117.
The game will start at 12:15 AM (IST), on Friday, October 11.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Netherlands – W L W L W W
Northern Ireland – W W W W W L
Netherlands Team News:
Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Davy Pröpper (hamstring) and PSV goalie Jeroen Zoet (groin) are both unavailable due to their injury issues.
Ronald Koeman rings in changes to his squad:
The former Everton and Southampton manager has made quite a few changes to his squad from the last game.
Justin Kluivert, Terence Kongolo, Tonny Vilhena, Hans Hateboer and Wout Weghorst have all been dropped from the squad.
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, Luuk de Jong, Malen, Memphis Depay, Promes
Netherlands Probable XI:
Cillessen (GK), Veltman, Van Dijk, De Ligt, Blind, Propper, De Jong, Wijnaldum, Malen, Depay, Babel
Northern Ireland FC Team News:
The visitors will miss Norwich City full-back Jamal Lewis due to a knee injury. The 21-year-old has suffered a couple of injury setbacks already this season, missing matches due to an elbow injury.
While Rangers winger Jordan Jones and Conor Washington, who plies his trade in the Scottish Premiership, also miss out due to their respective injuries.
Northern Ireland Probable XI:
Peacock-Farrell (GK), McLaughlin, Cathcart, J.Evans, Dallas, McNair, Davis, Saville, C.Evans, McGinn, Lafferty
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
NED vs NIR Dream11 potential winner:
The Netherlands are favourite to win the game.