Northern Ireland vs Netherlands betting tips: UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier match preview & predictions

Northern Ireland vs Netherlands prediction: Northern Ireland 1-2 Netherlands

Will it be a memorable night under the lights for Northern Ireland at Windsor Park?

They must win their final two matches, this one and then in Germany on Tuesday, to qualify automatically for Euro 2020.

If they fail to pull off the daunting task, they will drop into the Nations League play-offs.

Netherlands meanwhile need just a point in Belfast to qualify.

Who will come out on top?

Highlights of Netherlands 3-1 Northern Ireland

Highlights of Northern Ireland 0-2 Germany

Northern Ireland vs Netherlands: Who will win?

Northern Ireland are massive underdogs to win this game at 6/1.

Netherlands meanwhile are huge odds on favourites at 4/9 to win.

Even a draw would do for the Dutch and that is 3/1.

Over 2.5 goals is 4/5.

Both teams to score is evens.

Netherlands to win and over 2.5 goals is 11/10.

Memphis Depay

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – NOVEMBER 16: Memphis Depay of the Netherlands celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal from the penalty spot as Hugo Lloris of France reacts during the UEFA Nations League Group A match between Netherlands and France at the Stadion Feijenoord on November 16, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Josh Magennis is Northern Ireland’s top scorer in this campaign. He is 9/1 to open the scoring and 7/2 to add to his tally.

Matty Kennedy will also hope to be a threat. The St Johnstone winger is 12/1 to score first and 5/1 to get his first ever Northern Ireland goal.

Meanwhile, Memphis has been on fire for his country. He is 16/5 to break the deadlock and 23/20 to score yet again.

Quincy Promes will also be a threat. He is 11/2 to score first and 21/10 to net anytime.

Both Steven Davis and Magennis to score is 50/1.

Both Paddy McNair and Stuart Dallas to score is 110/1.

Both Promes and Memphis to score is 13/2.

Both Georginio Wijnaldum and Ryan Babel to score is 12/1.

Northern Ireland vs Netherlands: Match preview

Euro 2020 live streaming

ROME, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of UEFA Euro Trophy in the Stadio Olinpico during the UEFA Euro Roma 2020 Official Logo unveiling at Palazzo delle Armi on September 22, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

It was always going to be a weird and challenging qualification campaign for Northern Ireland.

They made history by beginning a campaign with four successive wins for the very first time.

In March they beat Estonia and then Belarus at home before seeing off the same two teams, in the same order, but this time away from home in June.

But, they were always going to need even more than that to finish in the top two of a group which also contains Germany and Netherlands.

Back in September, they missed two really good first half chances before eventually succumbing to Germany 2-0 in Belfast.

Even so, a point in Rotterdam last time out against Netherlands would keep alive the dream.

The first 75 minute at De Kuip was very even and then, out of nothing Josh Magennis headed in an opener

Cue bedlam in the away end.

Could they hold on?

The answer to that is no.

Memphis equalised shortly after before two stoppage time goals, first from Luuk de Jong and then Memphis again crushed Northern Irish dreams.

That means Michael O’Neil’s side must win this one and then win at Commerzbank-Arena against Germany on Tuesday to qualify.

That seems unlikely.

If they fail to do that, they still have the back-up option of the UEFA Nations League play-offs.

It looks likely that they would be in Path B which would also include Bosnia, Wales/Slovakia and neighbours the Republic of Ireland.

If that is their destiny, they’d love to go into those play-off following a famous win over a European heavyweight.

Can Holland book their place at the Euros?

Virgil Van Dijk

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 19: Virgil van Dijk of the Netherlands celebrates with team mate Steven Bergwijn after scoring his team’s second goal during the UEFA Nations League A group one match between Germany and Netherlands at Veltins-Arena on November 19, 2018 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images,)

As for the Netherlands, the last 14 months or so could hardly have gone any better.

As recently as 10 October 2017, they failed in FIFA World Cup qualification, missing out on a play-off place to Sweden on goal difference.

This followed a failed Euro 2016 qualification campaign so they’d missed out on back to back tournaments for the first time since 1986.

However, they were reborn in the UEFA Nations League this time last year.

Seven points from four matches saw them top Group A1, above World Champions France and the previous World Champions Germany.

In the Finals of that competition, Oranje saw off England 3-1 in Guimarães to progress to the final where they were eventually beat by hosts Portugal, 1-0 at Estádio do Dragão.

Nevertheless, that represented a massive step forward following, arguably, the bleakest period in Dutch football history.

Despite this, they still had a job to do to ensure they’re at Euro 2020 which they will part-host.

Back in March, they demolished Belarus 4-0 at home before suffering a last gasp 3-2 defeat to Germany in an Amsterdam thriller.

Nevertheless, they got their revenge in Hamburg in September.

Late goals from Donyell Malen and Georginio Wijnaldum helping Ronald Koemen’s side to a 4-2 victory at Volksparkstadion.

That began a run of four straight wins; 4-0 in Estonia, 3-1 over Northern Ireland and, most recently, 2-1 in Belarus.

Thus, they need just a point in this one to book their ticket to Euro 2020.

The fantastic Johan Cruyff Arena will be a host venue next summer.

Will Holland make sure the home fans have a home nation to cheer on?

Northern Ireland team news vs Netherlands

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND – NOVEMBER 09: Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off first leg between Northern Ireland and Switzerland at Windsor Park on November 9, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Last week, Michael O’Neill accepted the role as Head Coach of Stoke City.

However, he will still take charge of these two games, the play-offs in March and the Euros if they get there.

Thus, he’ll be even more desperate to win, what could be, his final game at Windsor Park.

In goal will be Bailey Peacock-Farrell despite the fact he has not played a single minute at club level since joining Burnley in August.

This’ll be the 11th successive competitive match he has started.

In defence, Aaron Hughes and Gareth McAuley have both retired this year with 192 caps between them.

Jonny Evans and Craig Cathcart are forming a new solid partnership; they have 83 and 40 caps respectively.

Jamal Lewis is back from injury and will start at left-back.

Michael Smith of Heart of Midlothian is likely to get the nod over Conor McLaughlin on the other side.

Paddy McNair will continue to anchor the midfield with George Saville and Steven Davis further forward.

The latter is now on 115 international caps, just four behind Pat Jennings’ national record.

Out-wide, Stuart Dallas and Niall McGinn will get the nod over Matty Kennedy who is still awaiting his debut.

Jordan Jones is still injured.

Up front, Kyle Lafferty is likely to get the nod.

He’s played 470 minutes, scoring one goal for Sarpsborg 08 FF in Norway after joining them in the summer.

The are the tenth different club in six countries the 32 year old has represented in his career. So far.

He’ll start instead of Josh Magennis despite the fact the Hull striker has three goals, including two winning goals, in this campaign.

Can this side pull off a huge upset?

Netherlands team news vs Northern Ireland

BASEL, SWITZERLAND – JUNE 21: Holland fans pictured during the UEFA EURO 2008 Quarter-Final match between Netherlands and Russia at St. Jakob-Park on June 21, 2008 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

As for Ronald Koeman’s men, they are virtually at full strength and he has a star-studded squad to choose from.

Valencia’s Jasper Cillessen will retain his place in goal, winning his 57th cap.

Matthijs de Ligt will continue alongside captain Virgil van Dijk in arguably the best centre-back pairing in international football.

Daley Blind will continue at left-back; Joël Veltman will keep his place over Denzel Dumfries on the other side.

The midfield trio will remain unchanged: Georginio Wijnaldum, Frenkie de Jong and Donny van de Beek.

That’ll mean Marten de Roon, Davy Pröpper and Kevin Strootman are left out.

In the front three, Steven Bergwijn and Donyell Malen are both injured.

That’ll mean Ryan Babel and Quincy Promes start out-wide with Memphis reverting back to a more central role.

The latter has 11 goals this season for his club Olympique Lyonnais as well as ten in 12 for his country.

He also has the most assists in European qualifying with seven.

AZ pair Myron Boadu and Calvin Stengs could both make their international debuts off the bench.

Will this side prove too strong for Northern Ireland and thereby ensure Holland’s wait for a major tournament will come to an end.

Predicted Northern Ireland line-up vs Netherlands

Predicted Northern Ireland line-up vs Netherlands

Predicted Northern Ireland line-up vs Netherlands.

Predicted Netherlands line-up vs Northern Ireland

Predicted Netherlands line-up vs Northern Ireland

Predicted Netherlands line-up vs Northern Ireland.

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The latest tweets from Northern Ireland pre Netherlands

The latest tweets from Netherlands pre Northern Ireland

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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