Netherlands vs Luxembourg
Competition: Europe World Cup Qualifying
Date: 9 June 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
The Netherlands started their group campaign doing their… duty, a draw in Sweden, a resounding win at home over Belarus, and then they shot their right foot by losing to France at home. They bounced back with a win in Luxembourg, before shooting their left foot as well in their last game, in Sofia, losing 2-0 to the Bulgarians. If their defeat versus France was a major blow to their chances to finish first, their failure in Bulgaria has actually left them fourth(!), but at least still at striking distance from second, three points behind Sweden, whom they still have to host. They also have to play against Bulgaria at home, which means that no matter how bad things look for the Dutch at the moment, they can still turn things around. Unless of course they commit football suicide and become Europe’s laughing stock by failing to beat lowly Luxembourg. Dick Advocaat will make his debut in his new stint at the Dutch bench, having Ruud Gullit as his assistant. Robben missed a training due to stomach problems, but he should play.
By Luxembourg standards, they have actually done well in the group. It’s not so much the fact that they got a draw in Belarus, as that they have scored in four of their five games, even against France and the Netherlands, no matter if they lost both matches. Luxembourg didn’t start this group campaign believing they could finish in the top-two. They wanted to put in some decent performances, and they have done so, always, I repeat, by Luxembourg standards. If they earn a point in the Netherlands it will be nothing less to a historic result for them. Even a defeat by one or two goals would be a decent result, and if they manage to score again, all the better.
Netherlands vs Luxembourg: Head-to-head Stats
Amazing as it may seem, Luxembourg have actually beaten the Dutch twice as visitors, in a friendly game back in 1945(!), and in a Euro qualifier in the early sixties. The hosts have won the other seven games, and have done so usually by scoring several goals.
Netherlands vs Luxembourg: Prediction
The prediction regarding who is going to win the game, is obvious. The tricky part is to find something that pays at least close to 2.00.
Netherlands vs Luxembourg: Tips
The Dutch scored five goals versus the Ivory Coast a few days ago, and two against Morocco in another friendly game just before that. Arjen Robben scored just one of those seven goals, and that was from the penalty spot, but I’m following my hunch and I’m backing him to score first, and obviously the Netherlands to win. This combination pays 4.50. As previously mentioned, he did miss a training session due to stomach problems, but he’s still expected to start the game.