UEFA Nations League finalists Netherlands welcome Belarus to Rotterdam on Thursday as UEFA Euro 2020 qualification begins anew, with the hosts seeking to make up for prior transgressions.
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.
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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.
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.
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Dutch football is on the up again after a barren period.
Team News of Netherlands vs Belarus
Netherlands Team News
Ronald Koeman has largely kept the same team that he had for the Nations League fixtures back in November that saw them top the group,
with the likes of center back Virgil van Dijk and forward Memphis Depay highlighting the squad.
It took a late, late show from them to secure the group win in the UNL, but they got the job done.
A lot of that was down to Virgil van Dijk, who has started scoring goals recently.
Belarus Team News
Igor Kriushenko has decided to leave out the likes of center back Sergey Politevich and goalkeeper Sergey Chernik, who each started the victory on the final day of the UNL group stages, for this qualifying match.
One of the top scorers in the entire Nations League ended up being Stanislau Dragun,
and the midfielder will be a bright spot for his side here, or at least his nation will hope as much.
He registered five times in the UNL, only one off highest scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic of Serbia.
Netherlands likely XI: Cillessen, Tete, de Ligt, van Dijk, Blind, de Roon, de Jong, Promes, Wijnaldum, Babel, Depay
Belarus likely XI: Harbunow, Shitov, Valadzko, Martynovich, Polyakov, Maevskiy, Dragun, Hleb, Savitskiy, Stasevich, Saroka
Score Prediction: Netherlands 3-0 Belarus
How to watch and live stream Netherlands vs Belarus
You can watch the game live on Sky Sports Football from 7:40pm.
Sky Sports subscribers can also stream the match via the SkyGo app.
If you don’t have Sky, you can watch the match through NOW TV.
You can get a Sky Sports day pass for £8.99, a week pass for £14.99 or a month pass for £33.99, all without needing a contract.
NOW TV can be streamed through a computer or apps found on most smart TVs, phones and consoles.
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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.
European Qualifiers – Group C
Netherlands vs Belarus
7:45pm Thursday 21st March