Belarus (@13.0) vs Netherlands (@1.14)

Our Prediction:

Netherlands will win

Belarus – Netherlands Match Prediction | 13-10-2019 12:00

In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 8 of the last 9 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals and 6 out of 9 have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In the last 9 home matches for all competitions, the Netherlands won 7 and lost 2. In 15 games, they only got 1 comeback in the 7 games in which they suffered the first goal. The team comes to this match after a draw away with Germany by (2-2). The home team had direct access to this group stage, so they will play their first match in this edition of the competition. This is a team that, oddly enough, has had better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses in away matches; against 8 wins, 1 draw and 6 losses at their stadium. The team has conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, but their attack has scored regularly , since they scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches.

Oranje have seen just one loss in nine outings across competitions and Ronald Koeman will now want to build on such team spirits, where they enjoy a great moment. Theyve been scoring numbers of goals on the regular and the attacking line led by Depay, de Jong, and Babel will surely have the rivals with their hands full now.

The Dutch appear to be coming to life and they have a few young players who are really coming to the fore, we could be about to see them really shining on the international stage. The Netherlands were brilliant on Friday night against Germany, beating them 4-2 away from home. That pulled the Dutch right back into contention for a qualifying spot in this group, and with a game in hand against those above them, they have the chance to close further in the future.

But even with the significant BATE contingent, Belarus will offer very little to endanger Oranje, who will get their much-needed high-scoring victory. For some odd reason, Belarus was never able to translate club success to the national team level. With this in mind clubs like BATE Borisov, who have surprised the likes of Bayern Mnchen in the Champions League, have done quite well in the international context. This is even odder given that not unlike the Soviet Union Belarus likes to centralise its player selection on the big clubs drawing several players from BATE Borisovof the current 23 player squad six players are playing for BATE.

Netherlands vs Belarus Match Prediction

Netherlands face a must-win situation in Saturdays match as they sit in third place in Group A ahead of the trip to Borisov and the visitors are likely to go all guns blazing at Igor Kriushenkos charges. Belarus failed to score in four of their last five group games and we do not believe that they are capable of upsetting the Oranje. Belarus will be looking to make amends for back-to-back losses to the likes of Luxembourg and Sweden when they host Netherlands at their Borisov Arena. The Belarusians do not seem to be on top of their game ahead of Saturdays football game and the lack of motivation is undisputedly the teams main problem at the moment. When the two teams met in Rotterdam earlier in the process Netherlands crushed Belarus 4-1 and the history is likely to repeat itself. Netherlands have slim chances of qualifying for the next years showpiece tournament, but hope springs eternal.

After overcoming France and Germany to win their Nations League group, they are very much expected to do big things. Expert Verdict: It hasn't been the prettiest of four-year stretches for the Dutch at all. They have missed two major tournaments, one of which should have been easier than ever before to make, but they now look like they have come out the other end of the dark tunnel. A home win over Belarus should be nothing more than routine for them.

Anton Saroka, a striker, also had a fine showing in the UNL, grabbing three goals of his own as well as two assists. He registered five times in the UNL, only one off highest scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic of Serbia. They will need each of them to be exemplary to carry that over to this match, however. 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.

However, Luxembourg has recently demonstrated against France that the small country is not a pushover. There is some hope. Netherlands will now face Belarus on matchday 9 a team that they defeated 4-1 on matchday 2 at home at the De Kuip. Netherlands in the meantime did their job against Bulgaria in a convincing 3-1 victory somewhat setting straight a 4-0 defeat to France on matchday 7.

This game against bottom of the group Estonia is another perfect chance for them to shine. We dont only think they are good enough to win this game, but we are backing them to do it comfortably on the handicap line, we see them getting a few goals here. They have the quality to put plenty of goals past Estonia and show once again that they are a force to be reckoned with in this group, and that the other clubs need to sit up and take note of them.

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Stuck in third place, with 13 points and a goal difference of +5, Oranje are three points behind Sweden, who have a goal difference of +11, the Dutch have to score plenty of goals and hope that Sweden either stumble in Luxembourg or win by a small margin. The Netherlands need goals to keep to fight off the worst casemissing two international tournaments in a row.

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They dominated their group, D-2, of the Nations League to win without a single loss. As for Belarus, they have also really been rounding into form of late. They have only lost once in the past year, away to France in a friendly, winning six times and also drawing three others. Ahead of this match, they are in good form, though, so they might not be as much of an outsider here as youd believe. It must be said, though, that the group was much weaker than the Netherlands have encountered, so that has to be taken into account. So, they are on a good run and certainly should be encouraged by that.