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Netherlands vs Belarus - In-form Oranje to batter Belarus

Holland to win Euro 2020 qualifier comfortably at De Kuip
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The Netherlands are backed in the -2 handicap market against Belarus in a Euro 2020 qualifier at De Kuip. (Getty Images)
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Leonard Solms 21 Mar 2019
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Netherlands vs Belarus Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Dutch football is on the up again after a barren period. The Netherlands’ national team heads into Thursday’s UEFA 2020 European Championship qualifier at De Kuip against Belarus in incredible form and brimming with confidence.
A Netherlands win in the -2 handicap market is tipped at 2.10.

Netherlands Form & Team News


The Oranje are fresh off qualification for the UEFA Nations League semifinals at the expense of France and Germany. Their last four matches have produced a win and a draw against the latter as well as victory against the world champions and a draw with Belgium.

Dutch football is on a high after Ajax’s incredible UEFA Champions League last 16 win over reigning champions Real Madrid. There is no shortage of talented youngsters rising through the Netherlands‘ ranks.

Ronald Koeman’s team can be backed to win at 1.14. The odds are short as a result of their impressive form. There is a high chance of a big win for the Netherlands and there is thus value in the -2 handicap market.

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The Netherlands qualified for the semifinals of the UEFA Nations League at the expense of France and Germany. (Getty Images)

Belarus Form & Team News


Belarus topped a group featuring Luxembourg, Moldova and San Marino in League D of the UEFA Nations League. Facing League A semifinalists the Netherlands will however be an altogether different task.

Igor Kriushenko’s men finished bottom of their 2018 World Cup qualifying group behind France, Sweden, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Luxembourg. Belarus picked up just five points from 10 matches and lost their last four. 

This is perhaps a better indicator of where they stand in relation to Europe’s giants than their UEFA Nations League form.

An upset Belarus victory can be backed at 15.00 with a draw paying 8.00. They have a mammoth task on their hands at De Kuip but football can throw up surprises.

Netherlands vs Belarus Head-to-Head


Holland and Belarus met twice during 2018 World Cup qualification with the Oranje winning 4-1 at De Kuip and 3-1 away. 

The most recent match in Belarus saw goals from Davy Propper, Arjen Robben and Memphis Depay put Igor Kriushenko’s side to the sword. Belarus scored through Maksim Valadzko. 

Dutch football was not at its best at the time and the Netherlands failed to qualify for the World Cup. They have strengthened since under Ronald Koeman. 

The Netherlands have won each of their last three competitive home fixtures against Belarus by three or more goals.

Netherlands vs Belarus Match Up


With 21 goals in 26 Eredivisie matches for PSV Eindhoven, Luuk de Jong has made a strong case to start upfront. Belarus shipped seven goals in two World Cup qualifiers against the Netherlands and the striker will fancy his chances should he get the nod.

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Luuk de Jong is in impressive form for PSV and is likely to start for the Netherlands against Belarus on Thursday. (Getty Images)

Netherlands vs Belarus Key Statistics


  • Netherlands have won their last 3 home competitive matches against Belarus by 3 goals (all competitions).
  • Netherlands’ last 2 fixtures against Belarus have seen over 3.5 goals (all competitions).
  • Belarus are 64 places behind the Netherlands in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings.
  • Belarus have lost their last 4 qualifying fixtures (all competitions).

Verdict


With history and form behind them, the Netherlands are likely to win comfortably on home soil against Belarus. Ronald Koeman’s team is tipped in the -2 handicap market at 2.10.

Best Bet: Netherlands -2 Handicap @ 2.10 at bet365 - 4 Units
Value Bet: Netherlands -3 handicap @ 3.50 at bet365 - 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: Netherlands Win 4-0 @ 8.50 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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