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Can the Republic of Ireland claim a massive scalp in this Sunday night clash, as they seek to keep their qualification hopes vaguely alive?
On Thursday, the Boys in Green were very easily beaten 2-0 by France at Parc des Princes, simply outclassed by the back-to-back World Cup finalists in Paris.
That made it three defeats out of four, with Stephen Kenny’s team having also tasted defeat in Athens and when France visited Dublin back in May.
Ireland’s only points, so far, came against the section’s whipping boys Gibraltar, a comfortable 3-0 win.
In fairness, the Boys in Green have been drawn into a nightmare group so, with a probably play-off to come in March, Ireland will be desperate to pick up a positive result or two, just two rebuild confidence if nothing else.
Netherlands meanwhile got their campaign properly up-and-running in mid-week, demolishing Greece 3-0 at Philips Stadion.
All the goals came in the opening 39 minutes, with Marten de Roon, Cody Gakpo and Wout Weghorst all on target in Eindhoven.
Ronald Koeman came into this international window under pressure, after Oranje were smashed 4-0 at Stade de France in March, before finishing fourth in June’s UEFA Nations League Finals, flopping as hosts.
Nevertheless, now, Holland sit second in Group B, above Greece on goal difference, ahead of a potentially decisive trip to Athens to come next month.
So, can Ireland spring a massive surprise at the Aviva, or will Netherlands leave Lansdowne Road three points closer to qualification?
Republic of Ireland team news
Star striker Evan Ferguson as well as Mikey Johnston, Callum Robinson, Michael Obafemi, Andrew Omobamidele and captain Séamus Coleman are all injured.
In better news, Matt Doherty is available again, having served his two-match suspension, so can return at right-wing-back.
Chiedozie Ogbene was, by far, Ireland’s most dangerous player across the two meetings with France, so can he add to his four international goals?
Netherlands team news
The visitors are without Jurriën Timber, Sven Botman, Tyrell Malacia and the squad’s usual top-scorer Memphis.
In the absence of the latter, Wout Weghorst and Cody Gakpo lead the attack against Greece, both on target in that one.
Mark Flekken of Brentford got the nod in goal, earning just his fifth cap, while Tijjani Reijnders made his senior international debut in mid-week.