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Match Preview: Northern Ireland vs Netherlands

Northern Ireland, Netherlands, Memphis Depay
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Northern Ireland welcomes the Netherlands to Windsor Park in Belfast, tonight at 20:45 (CET).

Northern Ireland will have the final chance to save their hopes for a second successive appearance at the European Championships this evening and they’d have to beat Holland in order to do so.

The Green and White Army opened their EURO 2020 qualifying campaign with four wins in a row, defeating Estonia and Belarus, both at home and away.

However, they suffered defeats to group favorites Germany and Netherlands in their most recent outings and now trail by three points behind the leading duo.

A draw is enough for Holland, on the other hand, as the Dutch seek a return to the major international tournaments after missing out on the EURO 2016 in France and the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Ronald Koeman’s side has been brilliant in the past year and a half though, as they reached the final of the inaugural UEFA Nations League and won five of their six EURO 2020 qualifying encounters.

Team news

Michael O’Neill has no injury problems to deal with and can name the same starting XI that played for Northern Ireland last time out.

Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman is without PSV Eindhoven duo Donyell Malen and Steven Bergwijn, with Luuk de Jong and Quincy Promes expected to start in front.

Olympique Lyon forward Memphis Depay is also not likely to feature at the Windsor Park this evening, despite being called up by the Dutch head coach.


Holland registered a 3-1 victory over the Green and White Army in their most recent meeting, as two goals from Memphis Depay and a Luuk de Jong strike secured a late, turn-around victory for the Oranje.

Northern Ireland have won six of their last eight games having only won one of their previous eight matches.

Netherlands have won 18 of their last 27 games (L5), including the last four. They have won 12 of their last 17 competitive matches – their four defeats in that spell were away to France, twice, at home to Germany and away to Portugal.

Memphis Depay has scored ten goals in his last 13 games for the Netherlands. All but one were scored in the final 35 minutes of the game, including four in the last seven minutes of matches.

The one and only win Northern Ireland have managed to note against Holland dates back to March 1965 – in a 1966 FIFA World Cup qualifying encounter.