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Netherlands vs Scotland: Predictions
It’s been a tumultuous year of preparations for this tournament for the Netherlands after boss Ronald Koeman, who was generally perceived to be doing a decent job, decided to leave Oranje to take his long-awaited dream job at Barcelona to be replaced by Frank de Boer.
The ex-Ajax man has struggled to create any consistency so far and presided over defeats to Italy, Mexico and Turkey as well as draws with Spain and Bosnia-Herzegovina. On paper, their squad has some stand-out stars but lacks balance and will miss captain Virgil van Dijk who remains injured.
Scotland fans are just days away from ending a long and painful wait to see their team compete in a major international tournament again. The Tartan Army haven’t reached the finals of a tournament since the 1998 World Cup in France but in less than two weeks they’ll face the Czech Republic on home soil at Hampden Park in their opening group stage fixture.
Steve Clarke’s men secured their spot in the finals back in November with a penalty victory over Serbia but since then, they’ve managed only one victory from five games and that was against the lowly Faroe Islands while defeats to Slovakia and Israel in the Nations League will give the former West Brom boss plenty to think about.
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Netherlands vs Scotland: Match Stats
Scotland may not always be known for their expansive attacking play, but they have scored seven times in their last three international fixtures. Prior to their expected wins over relative minnows Latvia and Gibraltar, the Netherlands shipped four goals in a defeat to Turkey and had failed to keep a clean sheet in five consecutive matches.
One man that Premier League followers may be surprised to see leading the line for the Netherlands is Luuk de Jong, but since his barren spell with Newcastle in 2014, the striker has been more prolific in spells with PSV Eindhoven and Sevilla. The 30 year old has found the net in each of his last three international outings.