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Netherlands vs Georgia betting tips: Under-21 Euros preview, predictions, team news and odds

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Netherlands vs Georgia match preview

It’s been a truly remarkable under-21 European Championships campaign for Georgia so far, but can they now get the result they need to reach the quarter-finals?

The Crusaders are making their debut at this competition, qualifying as hosts, and made the perfect start last mid-week, beating Portugal 2-0 in Tbilisi.

Then, in front of a record-breaking crowd of 41,887, the highest at any U21 Euros match ever, Ramaz Svanadze’s team fought back from 2-0 down to pinch a point from Belgium on Saturday.

Heorhiy Tsitaishvili halved the deficit with a long-range strike shortly after half time before, with just three minutes to play, Irakli Azarovi’s deft cross picked out Giorgi Guliashvili at the back post to head home.

This remarkable turnaround leaves Georgia top of Group A, needing just a draw to advance to the last eight on debut, so will they get the required result?

Netherlands meanwhile simply have to win, something they haven’t managed to do at this tournament yet.

It the latter, they required a late equaliser from Brian Brobbey to avoid defeat; the Ajax striker poking in from close-range, connecting with Wouter Burger’s flick-on.

Holland’s last four appearances at he U21 Euros have seen them reach, at least, the semi-finals, most-recently achieving this two summers ago.

Now though, Erwin van de Looi’s side will be eliminated if they fail to beat the co-hosts, a result that would see them qualify at Georgia’s expense, unless the other fixture, happening simultaneously, is a draw.

It’s a crucial clash for both so, roared on by another huge crowd, can Georgia knock out the Dutch at Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena?

Netherlands team news

Erwin van de Looi has named the exact same starting XI for both matches so far, but will be forced into at least one change here.

Captain Quinten Timber is suspended, having been booked in both group games, which is a major blow.

Wouter Burger could come into midfield, alongside Ryan Gravenberch, with Crysencio Summerville continuing to support Brian Brobbey in attack.

Georgia team news

Ramaz Svanadze did change a winning team for the Belgium game, with Giorgi Mamardashvili returning in goal, Irakli Azarovi coming in at left-back and Zuriko Davitashvili got the nod out-wide.

All three had featured for the senior team in Glasgow on Tuesday, so were unavailable for the Group A opener less than 24 hours later.

Under-21 Euros Group A table

Under-21 Euros Group A results and fixtures

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