Group C looks quite tasty. Northern Ireland are all joint-top with Germany, three factors over the Netherlands, that have a match in hand. Michael ONeills men have seen off Estonia and Belarus , but their three remaining games come against their eligibility rivals — so itll still take a monumental attempt to finish in the top two.
The mission is a very hard visit to Rotterdam, in which they confront a very strong Dutch side below the stewardship of Ronald Koeman. After finishing second in the Nations League of last year, it is evident that the Dutch have pulled out of the slump which saw them fail to qualify for 2018 World Cup and its 2016 Euros.
The Dutch have the ideal mix of youth and experience; attacking flair and defensive solidity. Although Memphis Depay is your teams second-highest scorer virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt form one of Europes best centre-back pairings.
Northern Ireland will be dogged. Theyve proven incredibly hard to overcome under ONeill, and also their own operation against Germany–where they have been desperately unlucky to lose 2-0–would act as encouragement.
However, they dont score goals; seven goals in five matches, all coming against the minnows, should not worry that the Dutch a terrible lot, and their course will finally tell on home soil. Theres value in financing a house win with a clean sheet.
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