The Netherlands will host Northern Ireland at the Stadion Feijenoord on Thursday night. The Oranje currently lie at third place in Group C of the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers, three points behind Northern Ireland who have a tally of 12 points from five games. Ronald Koeman & Co. will hope to bag all three points as they take on the Irish team on Thursday night. Here is our take on both teams along with the predicted line-up in Feyenoord.
💚 Jimmy Nicholl on facing Cruyff and co. in '76 and playing with the one and only George Best. Here's hoping for another positive result against the Dutch on Thursday! #GAWA ⚽ pic.twitter.com/42nWJgAsIN— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) October 8, 2019
Mathematically, the Oranje can overtake Northern Ireland in Group C standings if they win by a comprehensive scoreline on Thursday night. However, Michael O'Neill's side have only conceded four goals in their group campaign so far. Pressure will be on the likes of Memphis Depay, Georginio Wijnaldum and the rest of the Netherlands' attackers to break the Irish backline at the Stadion Feijenoord on October 10, 2019. Due to the defensive prowess of both teams, this Euro 2020 qualifier could be a low-scoring affair, so expect a drab draw or a narrow win for either team.
Netherlands predicted line-up (4-2-3-1):
Jasper Cillessen (GK), Joel Veltman, Mathijs De Ligt, Virgil Van Dijk, Daley Blind, Donny Van de Beek, Frenkie De Jong, Donyell Malen, Georginio Wijnaldum, Ryan Babel, Memphis Depay.
Northern Ireland predicted line-up (4-3-3)
Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Connor McLaughlin, Jonny Evans, Craig Cathcart, Shane Ferguson, Paddy McNair, Steven Davis, George Saville, Stuart Dallas, Josh Magennis, Niall McGinn.