Netherlands vs Latvia 11/16/2014 Euro2016 Qualifier Preview, Odds and Prediction
Latvia vs Netherlands
Sunday 15th November 2014 17:00(GMT)
The Line: Netherlands 1/6 Draw 7/1 Latvia 20/1 See the Latest Odds
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It's early in qualifying to say that this is a must win game but the reality for the Netherlands is that this game is must win. Having lost two of their first three in this group the Dutch must get a win here to get themselves back in contention in the group, with the Czech Republic taking on Iceland it is also an opportunity to make up ground on the front runners. Gus hiddink the new Netherlands manager who took over after the World Cup rested star striker Robin Van Persie in the friendly loss to Mexico on Wednesday. Schalke star Klass Jan Huntelaar started trhough the center and had an up and down night playing the position well but missing a couple of guilt edged chances. Van Persie will come back in on Sunday and the Manchester United striker will be looking to get on the end of Arjen Robbens creativity.. The Bayern Munich midfielder was the best player at the World Cup in the summer and has only recently returned to full fitness.
Expect the dutch to be ruthless here against a Latvia side that have struggled in the qualifying phase of tournaments and could continue that struggle as this is a really tough group. Turkey, Iceland and the Czech Republic make up the other heavy weights in this group and in reality Latvia could have hoped for a softer group. Latvia though have two poins from three games and they will take a solid defence to the Amsterdam Arena on Sunday evening. Latvia are one of the many improving minnows across Europe and as their players start branching out into the bigger European leagues we will see marked improvement across the board. Sabala the goalscorer against Turkey has been signed by Club Brugge and loaned out but generally Latvian football is going in the right direction and they are coming into this qualifying campaign after winning the Baltic Cup.
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While I do think Latvia are improving this game is a must win for the dutch and with the squad of players Gus Hiddink has at his disposal I can not see anything but a big win for the Netherlands. There was definitely a little hangover from their World Cup excursions and the team struggled to get going in the last couple of games but it is now back to the wall time and with Robben, Van Persie , Blind and Sneijder expect the Netherlands to find a hatful of goals in the Amsterdam Arena on Sunday. Take Netherlands -2 . Follow me on twitter @antonpippo