The first match for the Dutch national team in 2019 is a meeting with Belarus. The duel is the start of the qualifying cycle on the way to the European Championship 2020. Thursday from 8:45 pm it is up to the men of Ronald Koeman to continue the positive year 2018.
Orange is working on an impressive series. The last four games against top countries France, Germany (2x) and Belgium were not lost. France and Germany were expertly defeated on Dutch soil with battle and good football. The last defeat dates from September 2018, the away match against France was lost 2-1. The series without defeat has given the selection a huge boost in self-confidence, which can be seen on the European fields. Players like Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, De Jong and De Ligt shine in the Champions League at their clubs and grow per match.
Chance of Pröpper
In the past duels against top countries, it was rarely up to the Orange to make the game. The players were able to let the opponent come and with rapid counterattacks the opponent was surprised. On Thursday, Belarus will award the Orange ball and hope for a counter. This ensures that midfielders such as Frenkie de Jong and Georginio Wijnaldum will play deeper. Chances are that for that reason coach Ronald Koeman will choose Davy Pröpper in midfield instead of Marten de Roon. Pröpper is creative, has a stab in the house and can tilt quickly. Characteristics that are needed against a team that carpets the rear. De Roon is more of a crowbar that gets its chance again against famous opponents.
Oranje and De Kuip are a great combination, according to the statistics. The Dutch national team did not lose the last 24 matches in De Kuip. Nineteen times there was a win, five times a draw. A victory this Thursday seems a certainty. The last encounter with Belarus was the away match in October 2017, 1-3 wins. Names like Janssen, Robben and Rekik were on the competition form at the time. The current selection contains a lot of creativity and some players from that time have grown to a European top level. A Belarusian team that does not include any players in the selection that is active in one of the European top competitions must be rolled out with ample figures. A big result and the first three points in group C seem like a formality for the Orange.
The Netherlands: 1.14
The Netherlands wins 4-0: 8.00
The Netherlands scores both levels: 1.60
The Netherlands wins both halves: 1.43
The Netherlands: 1.11
Belarus: 3 p.m.
The Netherlands wins 4-0: 7.52
The Netherlands scores both levels: 1.67
The Netherlands wins both halves: 1.41
The Netherlands: 1.14
The Netherlands wins 4-0: 9.00
The Netherlands scores both levels: 1.70
The Netherlands wins both halves: 1.57