Romania takes on the visitors Netherlands at “Arena Nationala” in a friendly game. The match will be played in Bucharest on Tuesday, November 14th.
The Romanians have not managed to qualify to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia final stage as the side occupied the fourth place in Group E standings with 13 points taken and 12-10 goal difference, having let Poland, Denmark and Montenegro to go ahead. The team comes up to the home fight with three-clash undefeated series: 3:1 vs. Kazakhstan, 1:1 against Denmark and 2:0 vs. Turkey. In 2017 the Romanians participated in eight encounters, having earned four triumphs, two draws and two losses in them. After the UEFA EURO 2016 Romania conducted seven matches in face of its supporters resulting in four wins, two draws and single defeat.
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Netherlands will miss the second major football tournament in a row, having entirely collapsed in the UEFA EURO 2016 qualification cycle and now failed the Europe’s Qualifiers Group stage for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: Arjen Robben and his teammates had managed to settle just on the third position in Group A table with 19 points gained and 21-12 goal difference just behind France and Sweden. In 2017 “Oranje” played 10 encounters resulting in seven triumphs alongside with three draws. On the eve of the visit to Romania the Dutch earned four consecutive victories with 9:2 aggregated score.
The first meeting between Romania and Netherlands got back to 1924. The rivals have recorded nine head-to-heads since than covering a single Romanians’ win, one draw and seven triumphs of “Oranje”, including three recent back-to-back victories with 10:1 aggregated score. It seems like the visitors have found their game which is still too late for the qualification campaign although they show their class in the friendlies and must gain the fifth consecutive win.
Prediction for the match: Netherlands to win.