NIR vs NED Dream11: Motivation should be at its most utopian high when Northern Ireland host the Netherlands in the Euro 2020 qualifying group C match at Windsor Park, as both the teams look to secure a place in UEFA's quadrennial global showpiece event. The stakes are high and the margin of error is something which should be an alien thing in a game of this caliber. No player from either team can afford to take his eye off the field even for an iota of a second, the focus should be as intense as the real action itself inside the Windsor Park.
When the groups were formed, Northern Ireland were the clear outsiders from Group E to qualify for the Euro 2020, behind the Netherlands and Germany. But it has been anything but a performance from a team playing the catch-up game in the group, for Michael O'Neill's men managed to keep the pace with their more esteemed opponents and now find themselves within touching distance of getting the ticket to Euro 2020. The hosts are 3rd in the group, 3 points behind both the Netherlands and Germany.
While the Dutch team is clearly in ascendency under Ronald Koeman. They are leading the table having won five times in six games, and need only a point from this game to qualify for the Euro 2020. But there will be some pressure on the visitors to live up to the expectations, which the team has done so far, but the past team's failure to qualify for the major competitions is a psychological burden.
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Host: Northern Ireland
Competition: UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers
Match Timing: November 17, @ 01:15 AM
Match Venue: Windsor Park
Despite Northern Ireland playing in front of their own fans, all the betting agencies are putting their money on a positive result for the Netherlands. A win for the home side is the least favored result here, while the draw has a more chance in this game.
However, the game-changing factor here for the Dream11 players is that the hosts are expected to score at any time in this game.
Northern Ireland to win: 7/1
A draw: 15/4
Holland to win: 4/9
Likely scoreline(s) here: 1-2 or 1-3, 0-1 or 0-2
Memphis Depay to score at any time in this game. Odds are the lowest for the former Manchester United player amongst both sets of players to find the back of the net here.
Steven Bergwijn to get at least one assist in the match. He is also the second favorite to get a goal in this game.
Georginio Wijnaldum to have at least one shot on target in this game. He scored twice in the last game. The Liverpool man is expected to complete at least 85% passes in this game.
Frenkie De Jong to make at least two interceptions and end the match with at least 90% successful passes.
The hosts have a clean bill of health for this game. In fact, head coach Michael O'Neill' has gone with the same squad he named last month.
While the Netherlands will be missing the services of Kenneth Vermeer. No other reported injury concerns for the Dutch.
Goalkeepers: McGovern, Peacock-Farrell, Carson
Defenders: Jonny Evans, Cathcart, McLaughlin, Lewis, M. Smith, T. Flanagan, C.Brown
Midfielders: S. Davis, N. McGinn, C. Evans, S. Dallas, S. Ferguson, P. McNair, G. Saville, G. Whyte, J. Thompson, L. Donnelly, M. Kennedy
Strikers: Lafferty, Magennis, L. Boyce, S. Lavery
Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen, Kenneth Vermeer, Jeroen Zoet
Defenders: Patrick van Aanholt, Nathan Ake, Daley Blind, Virgil van Dijk, Denzel Dumfries, Matthijs de Ligt, Joel Veltman, Stefan de Vrij
Midfielders: Donny van de Beek, Frenkie de Jong, Davy Propper, Marten de Roon, Kevin Strootman, Georginio Wijnaldum
Strikers: Ryan Babel, Steven Berghuis, Myron Boadu, Luuk de Jong, Memphis Depay, Quincy Promes, Calvin Stengs, Wout Weghorst
Defenders: Cathcart, J Evans, Van Dijk, Blind
Midfielders: De Jong (C), Van de Beek (VC), McNair, S Davis, Berghuis
As discussed above, it's the visitors who will go into the game as favorites.