Ireland’s dire Euro 2024 qualification campaign finishes with a trip to Amsterdam, for a meeting with a Dutch side looking for a victory that will effectively secure their place in next year’s tournament.
Despite two defeats to France, the Netherlands are within touching distance of a place at Euro 2024. With a straightforward looking tie against Gibraltar to come on Tuesday, they only need a point on Saturday to secure second place in the group.
This is far from a vintage Dutch squad, but they do have a core of high quality players. The likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Cody Gakpo, Xavi Simons and Frankie de Jong will be pivotal if the Dutch want to reach the latter stages of next year’s tournament.
It’s hard to think of how Ireland’s Euro 2024 qualification campaign could have gone any worse. They have lost five of their seven games and only picked up points against minnows Gibraltar.
If there is a silver lining, it is the development of striker Evan Ferguson. The Brighton forward has committed his international future to Ireland and looks set to lead their line for the foreseeable future. If Ireland are to avoid a sixth defeat of the campaign, Ferguson is likely to be the key man.
The Netherlands claimed a 1-2 victory in Dublin when the teams met earlier in the group. That was the first meeting between the teams since 2001, when Ireland claimed a famous 1-0 on their way to World Cup 2002. Overall, the Dutch have 10 victories over the Dutch, giving them a three game lead in the head-to-head.
Read our key stats for this fixture to discover valuable insights that will help you find the very best betting odds. If you want to grab a betting bonus this Saturday, these stats are essential reading.
The Netherlands are huge favourites and are priced at just 1/5 to win the game. The Irish are best priced at 20/1 to pull off an upset, while the draw can be backed at 6/1
Make no mistake, the Netherlands are a superior side to Ireland, but there is little value in backing them at 1/5. The game in Dublin was a very close contest and the Netherlands struggled to break down the Dutch defence. Given that the Netherlands only really need a point from the contest, we think there is excellent value in the 6/1 for the game to finish all square.
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