Tip Netherlands - Northern Ireland
A fine start to the qualifiers by Northern Ireland was stopped by Germany in the last round and they stand a chance of falling further down after this match, with Netherlands having a game in hand and in good form, Northern Ireland should come expecting a tough game, looking at Netherlands’ recent form. While Northern Ireland lost their last qualification match, at home to Germany, Netherlands did back to back wins, away to Germany and Estonia, and scoring eight goals in the process. Now they return home to host Northern Ireland, and the more reason we feel they are favorites here and Liverpool man Georginio Wijnadlum will be a key man here, having netted two late goals in the last two qualifiers and also enjoying fine form at the club. In the last six matches, Netherlands have scored at least two goals per game and they have nine wins and two losses in their last 11 matches. In Euro Championships qualifiers at home, they have however managed just one win in the last five, the more reason they missed out on the Euro 2016; that all seems to be behind them now. In their last 15 Euro qualifiers at home, they have failed to score in just one.
Northern Ireland on the other hand, will be hoping to improve on the performance against Germany in the last game. They had a good first half but soiled it all in the second when conceded early in the second period and very late in the match. They have their lessons and will be looking to implement the same here. Placed second in the group, they know the prize for a win, or a draw here will be a place at the top of the log, at least before Germany plays but they will be aware that Netherlands have the same ambitions. The loss to Germany brought a run of five wins for Northern Ireland to an end, and it was also the first time in seven matches that they have failed to score. In their last 11 Euro Championships qualifiers, Northern Ireland have lost just once and they are unbeaten in the last four away qualifiers, though they haven’t met a side as strong as the Dutch in the four. In five meetings between the two sides, Netherlands have picked 2 wins and Northern Ireland one. They last faced off in a friendly match that ended 6 – 0 in Netherlands’ favor, and Northern Ireland have no win over Netherlands in the last four.
Key points Netherlands - Northern Ireland
In their last 15 Euro qualifiers at home, Netherlands have failed to score in just one.
Northern Ireland have one loss in their last 11 Euro Championships qualifiers.
In their last six matches, Netherlands have scored at least two goals per game.
Conclusion Netherlands - Northern Ireland
Netherlands have registered massive improvement over the past few years, both in club football and the national team level and here they will have this to defend. Having picked two away wins, they are definitely focused on the Group C summit. They have a good record over Northern Ireland and we expect that to play out here. We will go for a 3 – 1 win for the home side.
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Netherlands Northern Ireland Prediction published on October 9, 2019