Netherlands welcome the visitors Belarus in the Euro Qualification – Round 1. The match will be held on Thursday, March, 21st, at the De Kuip (Rotterdam).
Netherlands feature a great chance to finally put an end to their consecutive fails to qualify to top-tournaments and head to the Euro-2020, as they are expected to compete with doable teams in their group. Indeed, Netherlands face Germany, but all other sides – Belarus, Estonia, and Northern Ireland – present no challenge at all. There is no contender in the group to hand the second European Championship pass to. Mind at this qualification, two sides from each group are automatically promoted. So, the hosts on the day will be totally fine with the second tier. Netherlands’ transformation started yet in the second half of the World Cup 2018 qualification, but their failing start did not provide any chance for success. Notably, the ‘Oranje’ competed with Belarus in the last qualification, and they did not face any problems at all then. The only concern for the team was that they allowed once in each encounter, but, given that they netted three goals to the opponents away and four goals at home, it is not a big deal. In our view, the present-form Netherlands national team are stronger than they used to be two years back, hence, the coming meetings with Belarus will see them playing yet more confident.
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As far as the visitors are concerned, they never had luck with a draw, competing against rampant sides in all qualifications. Belarus always face two toppers in their group. In the World Cup-2018 qualification, they competed with France, now they clash with Netherlands and Germany; thus, the winners in the group are pretty obvious well before the first round. Anyways, Belarus will fight for the prestige third place with Estonia and Northern Ireland. The team’s schedule is neither inspiring – if they started their qualification with an encounter, say, against Estonians, they could have tried to win and feel the taste of leading the group, but Belarus head to Netherlands that hunger for a victory. The travelers cannot boast any special squad – they are all bleak, no player standouts. The Nations League wherein Belarus had to clash with San Marino, Luxemburg, and Moldova, saw them fail to win Moldova twice: both matches registered a 0:0 stalemate. Therefore, there is no point in expecting any Belarus’ success in the match under analysis and in the qualification overall.
Bookmakers offer a -2.0 handicap on the ‘Oranje’, which looks quite appealing. We can hardly imagine the visitors take any points in the clash concerned or concede by a margin of one goal only, keeping up the suspense till the end. We expect something like 3:0, 4:0, or 4:1 tomorrow. Hence, the suggested handicap will surely work.
Prediction for the match: Netherlands to win with a -2.0 handicap.