Netherlands vs Belarus: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
Thursday, March 21st 2019, @2:45 pm
After failing to qualify for the Euros in 2016, the Netherlands aim to give themselves every chance of making up for lost time and get their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign off to the best possible start.
Eight years ago, the Dutch national football team were ranked the number one international side in the world football according to FIFA.
How the mighty has fallen after failed qualifying campaigns for the most recent European Championships and World Cup denied the global football scene to see what continues to be one of the most talented nations despite its relatively small size.
However, head coach Ronald Koeman is set to change all that as he attempts to bring back the good old days to Oranje and victory over Belarus in Rotterdam on Thursday will put the 1988 European Champions right on track to return to competition football.
The Netherlands are heavy favourites with popular sportsbooks to get off the mark with a victory and it is not hard to see why.
During the qualification stage for the 2018 World Cup, the Dutch thumped Belarus 4-1 at home before heading to Borisov and taking away a 3-1 victory in comprehensive fashion.
The Belarussians have never finished higher than fourth in a qualifying group and simply lack the quality required to overcome a Dutch side eager to show world football they are a force once more.
After impressive performances in the Nations League with wins over France and Germany, expect another dominant display from Koeman’s men and a repeat of their 3-0 home win over Germany in October’s Nation League encounter.
Netherlands to win both halves
Value is hard to come by in this game with the best betting sites but evens for the Dutch to win both halves is well worth backing. That is exactly what happened in both the Netherland’s home Nations League games with goals either side of the break.
Netherlands to win by 2 or 3 goals
The Dutch have won their last two meetings with Belarus by three and two goals respectively as well as winning their last two home games against Germany and France by the same margin.
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Head to Head
This will be the ninth meeting between the Netherlands and Belarus with the Dutch boasting six wins to Belarus’ two.
The Dutch have also won the last two in a row with a 3-1 victory in Borisov in October 2017 during qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
Belarus’ two wins have come on home soil never having won on their four prior visits to the Netherlands.
- This will be the ninth meeting between the two.
- Belarus have never qualified for the European Championships.
- Belarus are on a six-game unbeaten run and topped their Nations League group earning promotion to League C.
- The pair first met in a Euro 96 qualifier in June 1995 with the Netherlands losing 1-0.
- The Dutch failed to qualify for Euro 2016, missing the tournament for the first time since 1984.