Belarus vs Netherlands – 2018 World Cup Qualification: After failing to qualify for Euro 2016…
The Netherlands are at risk of failing to qualify for the World Cup as well, which is always surprising.
It’s true that they are far from their golden age and the great squads they once had, but something serious happened to them in the way they dealt with the team’s renovation,
because they are still known for young talents and great youth systems but they have been disappointing as a National team.
They come into this match in a very tricky situation, since they are currently in 3rd place of the group, 3 points behind Sweden, which is the team they will face on the final round.
Only the win matters here, even because Sweden will face an inferior opponent, so they are likely to win their match as well.
This way, it’s not only important for the Netherlands to win, but they will also have to worry about scoring goals, that can be decisive.
Sweden currently has 18 goals scored and 7 goals conceded, which results in a goal record of +11, while the Netherlands have scored 16 goals and conceded 11 so far, which results in a record of +5.
That means that the Netherlands have to score a lot of goals in this match in order to have some hope of qualifying.
Belarus is very far from being able to fight for qualification, but they have been a team who creates some troubles, especially due to the way they play at home, causing troubles to a lot of teams.
Recently they faced Spain and they were only able to win 0-1.
Already in this qualification stage, they got a 0-0 draw against France and a 2-1 win against Bulgaria, which would now leave them in the fight.
They are not a team you want to face when you are needing to score a lot of goals. Their pitch isn’t always in perfect conditions and most of the time they try to stop the play constantly.
Lastly, they have a defensive line with 5 members, who open up a lot, making it tough to create passing lines and build up plays in the midfield.
Belarus vs Netherlands – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Right now, I think that Netherlands missing the World Cup is the most likely scenario. However, they will have to fight in this match and never stop attacking because they need every goal they can get, besides the win.
I expect that, in this scenario, they gain a lot of corners.
I believe Belarus will put a lot of defenders in the box and they will be forced to clear out a lot of balls due to pressure the Dutch will impose, so I think this suggested corner line is very low.
|Over 9 corners||