Michael O’Neill’s second game in charge of N.Ireland saw his team on the receiving end of a 6-0 thumping at the hands of the Netherlands back in June 2012. That Dutch side went on to finish bottom of their Euro 2012 group, while that loss spelt a tough future for O’Neill moving forward. However, O’Neill has been fantastic for the Green and White Army since taking them to Euro 2016 and the playoffs for the World Cup. Can his team get a result in Rotterdam here?
Last month saw the Dutch establish themselves as the form team in the group. They won back to back games against Germany and Estonia, which has lifted them within 3 points of the top 2. A win here against N. Ireland would see them overtake N.Ireland into the qualification spots on goal difference, and that will exactly be the Oranje’s aim here.
The visitors won their opening 4 games of the campaign to become the early leaders. However, they lost to Germany at home in their last clash, which saw the Germans move out in front at the top of the table. Now the Netherlands can join the top two on 12 points with a home win this week. However, if Northern Ireland manage to sneak a win here, they would be in pretty good shape to make it to Euro 2020. Don’t miss more of the latest Euro Qualification matches and get the most accurate football prediction by TipsPortal.
- Netherlands have won 4 of their last 6 fixtures (W4 D2).
- Netherlands have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 fixtures.
- N. Ireland have won 5 of their last 6 fixtures (L1).
Netherlands vs Northern Ireland Prediction
- Both teams are coming into this match in pretty decent form. Netherlands might be the better team in terms of quality but the visitors have been solid defensively and hard to break down. We think that the visitors can avoid a huge defeat here and we are tipping Netherlands for just a narrow 2-1 win.
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