If Northern Ireland could win this fixture, they would be in a great position to secure themselves qualification for Euro 2020. A draw out of it wouldn’t be a terrible result for them. The Irish are sat in second place in Group C, three points ahead of the Dutch but having played a game more than their opponents. Can they dig out a result on the road? Read our Netherlands v Northern Ireland betting tips for more.
Northern Ireland 16/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 9th, 2019 at 3:20 p.m.)
The Netherlands will move ahead of Northern Ireland on the tie-breaker if they collect three points in this one. It’s a huge home fixture for them. The Dutch are sat at W3 L1 in their four games so far in the group, the one-loss happening against Germany. But they showed some character to come back and beat the Germans in their second group meeting, putting four goals past Die Mannschaft.
The Netherlands have tallied 14 goals in four group games. That is twice as many as Northern Ireland have managed in five fixtures. The Dutch have scored exactly four goals in three of their four group games so far. The Netherlands are on a poor sequence of form in home European Championship qualifiers. They are only W1 D1 L3 in their last five such games on home soil. The one win there was against Belarus. If they win this, they are in the driving seat for qualification at the expense of Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland have only beaten the Netherlands once before
The Dutch have won the last two meetings
Northern Ireland have failed to score in three of their last four against the Netherlands
This is the first meeting since 2012, a friendly
The Irish have had a good campaign, winning all four of their games against Belarus and Estonia. But then came a stiffer challenge of meeting Germany for the first time in the group and the Irish fell to a 2-0 loss in Belfast. So a response in this one against the Dutch would be huge for Northern Ireland. A victory would leave them in a great position, a draw, not too bad off. They, have to get something out of their back-to-back fixtures against the Dutch or they will be done and dusted.
Northern Ireland have won five of their last six games (competitive and friendly) but as expected the goals don’t fly in from them frequently. The Irish are undefeated in their last four away European Championship qualifiers (W3 D1) and have lost just one of their last seven on the road in such fixtures. Northern Ireland have collected a clean sheet in just one of their last five European Championship qualifiers away from Windsor Park. It’s a big one, can they hang in there and avoid defeat against the free-scoring Dutch?
The Dutch are in pretty good shape at the moment and given Northern Ireland’s misfire against Germany in their last qualifier, that leans towards this being a difficult night away from home for the Irish. The Netherlands to win to nil.
9th October 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting