While they may have gone about it the hard way out in Rotterdam on Thursday night, Holland’s 3-1 win over Northern Ireland helped the Oranges move into pole position to secure an automatic route to next year’s European Championship.
Now looking to make it four wins out four in Group C, Ronald Koeman’s Oranges will make the trip to the StadyenDynama in Minsk as they look to extend the buffer over bitter rivals Germany on Sunday evening.
While Sunday’s guests might be enjoying a battle at the top of Group C, Belarus have endured a very different level of success during qualifying.
Only mustering a 0-0 draw against fellow strugglers Estonia in midweek, the hosts have lost four of their six appearances so far and have already seen any chance of reaching EURO 2020 come crashing apart.
You might be interested to know that with the Dutch picking up a 4-0 win when the two nations met back in March, an identical scoreline can be found at 8/1 with Bet365 this weekend.
Belarus’ attacking issues continue
Although few across Europe would have expected Belarus to make any real kind of impact in Group C this year, Head Coach Mikhail Markhel is coming under increasing scrutiny.
Booed off by some section of the fans around the StadyenDynama after only picking up a 0-0 stalemate against an Estonia outfit who had lost their other five previous qualifying appearances, the mood in Minsk remains at a low.
A huge part of The White Wings continued issues this year has come down to some incredibly toothless displays in the final third.
Now failing to find the net in back-to-back matchups across all formats, Sunday’s hosts have also drawn a blank in four of their previous five appearances, including a 1-0 loss at home to Northern Ireland back in June.
Even more worrying for Markhel, his side’s most toothless of displays have come on home soil.
Remarkably, Belarus have now gone over 400 minutes without finding the net in front of their own supporters, a run that stems all the way back to October 2018.
Showing some real issues in the final third, you might be interested to know that Belarus are pencilled in at 1/2 with Ladbrokes to draw yet another blank this weekend.
Holland battle their way to the top
Although Ronald Koeman will be calling on drastic improvements after their display against Northern Ireland on Thursday, the Oranges did pick up a dramatic 3-1 win in Rotterdam.
Now seeing their goal difference take them to the top of Group C, the former Everton boss finds his men now within touching distance of securing an automatic route to EURO 2020.
A huge part of Holland’s recent revival has come thanks to some lethal showings in the final third.
Now bagging 11 goals in their last three Group C outings, including a famous 4-2 win away in Germany last month, the Oranges can be found at 5/6 with 888Sport to once again bag over 2.5 goals in Minsk.
One man who has continued to spearhead the Dutch’s recent revival and certainly one man to watch out for this weekend will be Lyon striker, Memphis Depay.
Bagging a brace against Northern Ireland last time out and also enjoying a bright start to the new Ligue 1 campaign, you might be interested to know that the one-time Manchester United winger can be found at 4/5 with William Hill to find the net this weekend.