Where: Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, NetherlandsWhen: Saturday, November 18, 8:45 pm CET
The Netherlands is ahead of one of the most important football battles in the past few years. A win against Ireland is a must, otherwise, we just might see Oranja missing the upcoming continental tournament in Germany next year. The rivals have no chance of getting there, but they won’t come out with a white flag. The Irish unit has no pressure, which puts them in a perfect place.
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Oranjs has the same number of points as Greece but with one game fewer played. They have a better head-to-head record against the Greeks, and a win here would be a check-in for the plane to Germany. So, we don’t need to explain the atmosphere among the fans.
Depay and the boys are coming off a big win in Athens over Greece, 0-1, riding a momentum earned one month ago. Previously, they once again lost to France, 1-2. That was the ninth game in a row for Oranje with three or more hits.
Overall, the team plays attacking-minded football, with hard pressure on the rivals and direct pushes down the flanks. This generation doesn’t have some world-class individuals like Bergkamp, Kluivert, Davids, etc., but possesses enough talent to be in the top echelon of European football.
Republic of Ireland
The Irish team is far away from the glory days. They are a mediocre unit with a couple of solid players who aren’t even leaders in their clubs. We are not underestimating this crew; we are simply stating the facts, which could be unpleasant for some of their supporters.
Boys in Green have only two wins in seven games during the qualifiers, and besides that, five losses, yet with a neutral goal difference, nine goals scored and conceded. However, those two victories were against Gibraltar, and that’s too low, you’ll have to admit.
As stated, there aren’t any top stars in this crew, and the head coach, Stephen Kenny, gave a chance to some youngsters in the last meetings, trying to bring some fresh blood, which is necessary for the future.
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Netherlands and Republic of Ireland Possible Lineups
Netherlands: Verbruggen; Geertruida, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, Reijnders, Veerman, Hartman; Simons, Malen, Weghorst
Republic of Ireland: Bazunu; O’Shea, Collins, Duffy; Doherty, Cullen, Browne, Manning; Ogbene, Idah; Ferguson
Netherlands vs. Republic of Ireland Head to Head Games
The first meeting in Ireland was in September, and Oranje posted a 1-2 win. It was an ugly and grueling battle, but the guests prevailed, winning three points, which turned out to be very important.
Netherlands vs. Republic of Ireland Predictions
After dismantling Greece at home, 3-0, we believe Oranje shouldn’t have any trouble beating Ireland either. Everything is on their side: the motive, the home crowd, and the quality. So, it’s the Netherlands to win.
Our verdict: Netherlands wins
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