Group C looks quite yummy. Northern Ireland are joint-top over the Netherlands, that have a game in hand, three things with Germany. Michael ONeills guys have seen off Belarus and Estonia, however their three remaining games come from their qualification rivals — so it will still have a rather monumental attempt to finish in the top two.
The following assignment is a difficult trip to Rotterdam, in which they face a side that is strong under Ronald Koemans stewardship. After finishing second in the Nations League of last year, its evident that the Dutch have pulled from the slump which saw them fail to qualify for 2018 World Cup and its 2016 Euros.
The Dutch have the ideal mix of experience and youth; flair and defensive solidity. Although Memphis Depay is your groups second-highest scorer Matthijs de Ligt and virgil van Dijk type among Europes greatest centre-back pairings.
Northern Ireland will be characteristically dogged. Theyve proven hard to beat under ONeill, and their own performance against Germany–in which they have been desperately unlucky to lose 2-0–would behave as encouragement.
But they just dont score goals; seven goals in five matches, all should not worry that the Dutch an awful lot, and their course will finally tell on home land. There is value in backing a house win with a sheet.
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