Picking up their first Group C defeat at the hands of Germany in Belfast last month, Northern Ireland face yet another extremely tough test when they travel to Rotterdam on Thursday night.
While Michael O’Neil’s men might still sit above Holland in that lucrative second spot, the Greens face an unenviable end to their EURO 2020 qualifying campaign.
Along with facing back-to-back matchups against Ronald Koeman’s men, the Irish will also end their Group E campaign away in Frankfurt next month.
On the flip side, while Thursday’s guests might be in a fragile position, Holland will know that a victory in midweek will catapult them into the top-two.
Putting four past both Estonia and Germany in back-to-back appearances, the mood in their camp only continues to soar.
You might be interested to know that with the Dutch picking up a thumping 6-0 win when they last met back in 2012, the Oranges have also recorded back-to-back clean sheets against Thursday’s guests. A similar Holland victory to nil can be found at 4/6 with Ladbrokes.
The free-scoring Dutch
Although Holland may have failed to secure a spot at the last two major tournaments on the bounce, the former European giants are enjoying quite the resurge.
Picking up a famous 4-2 win away at bitter rivals and Group C leaders Germany last month, Ronald Koeman’s side have now played themselves into pole position to clinch an automatic route to next year’s European Championships.
Also holding a game in hand after securing a silver medal finish in the inaugural UEFA Nations League, the former Everton boss finds his men pencilled in at 1/1 with Bet365 to secure top spot in Group C come November.
A huge part of Holland’s recent revival has come thanks to their scintillating form in the final third.
Now bagging four goals in back-to-back qualifying outings, one man to watch in midweek will be the red-hot Memphis Depay.
Opening his Champions League account against RB Leipzig a fortnight ago and also finding the net against Estonia in his last international appearance, the one-time Manchester United winger is pencilled in at 4/5 with William Hill to extend that tally on Thursday.
Northern Ireland in need of a bounce
Although the Irish might still find themselves sat in that lucrative second spot, their 2-0 defeat against Germany was undoubtedly a huge hit to their EURO 2020 ambitions.
With three of their final four Group C matches coming down to back-to-back clashes against Holland and ending their qualifying campaign against Germany on foreign soil, they now sit as a huge underdog to land an automatic route to next year’s European Championships.
Northern Ireland are pencilled in at 7/1 with Bet365 to secure a top-two finish in Group C, behind both Germany and Holland who sit at 1/100 and 1/50 respectively.
Sadly for Thursday’s traveling support, the Greens have also been hit with a huge injury blow.
After picking up an injury over the weekend, Norwich defender Jamal Lewis has had to withdraw from selection due to a knee injury and will miss both Thursday’s trip to Holland and Monday’s matchup against the Czech Republic.