The Netherlands (FIFA rank 13) have a game in hand and could reclaim a coveted qualification spot should they carry on an impressive run that have seen them score 4 goals on average per match in this European Championship Qualification Campaign. Notably, the Netherlands bagged six goals in their only home encounter versus Northern Ireland earlier this decade.
Prior to a 3-2 defeat to Germany in their last home game, the Netherlands have been nothing short of rampant on Dutch soil. Before that loss, the hosts had won all six competitive home games since the start of 2017, opening the scoring, and winning both at halftime and fulltime in all those six victories.
Gavin Whyte of Northern Ireland in action vs Germany during the sixth round of euro 2020 qualifiers.
Northern Ireland’s head coach Michael O’Neill has overseen single goal margin victories in both of Northern Irelands opening Euro Championship Qualification campaign away games, though each were to lower-ranked opposition. However, they have failed to score in their last seven matches versus higher ranked UEFA opposition on foreign soil with only 2 draws and 5 loses.
Interestingly Northern Ireland went unbeaten in nine of their ten games in their last Euro games campaign, though the sole defeat came in their only away game vs a higher-ranked nation than themselves (2-0 vs Romania). Eight of their last ten Euro matches have produced under 2.5 goals.
Players to watch: Netherland’s Quincy Promes has scored six goals in his last six appearances for club side Ajax. Defender Craig Cathcart scored Northern Ireland’s last away goal vs better-ranked Wales in March 2016
By Linda Amiani