At the halfway stage of the 2022/23 Uefa Nations League group stage, Netherlands are on course to qualify for their second finals – having previously been overall runners-up to Portugal in the inaugural tournament. Louis van Gaal’s side are currently unbeaten in their group alongside Belgium, Poland and Wales, with seven points from their opening three games and sit three points clear at the top of the group.
Netherlands started their campaign with a statement victory, beating rivals Belgium 4-1 in Brussels, with the Red Devils the early favourites to top Group A4. The Oranje then had to rely on a dramatic win to keep their 100% record going, as Wout Weghorst scored an injury-time winner vs Wales just moments after Rhys Norrington-Davies had equalised. But then they did have to settle on a point and a comeback, falling 2-0 down to Poland before rescuing a draw thanks to goals from Davy Klaassen and Denzel Dumfries.
June will be a month of celebration for Wales as they secured their return to the World Cup after 64 years, but Rob Page’s side have been suffering in the Nations League. Before their play-off final win over Ukraine, Wales started the Nations League in defeat, surrendering a 1-0 lead to lost 2-1 to Poland. As mentioned above, another defeat followed in their second match and this one was a lot more agonising as Norrington-Davies thought he had secured a point against Netherlands.
Wales did finally get their first point of the group last time out, though, with Brennan Johnson’s 86th-minute equaliser against Belgium not followed by a reply. However, Wales need more than a point if they are to keep themselves safe from relegation, three points behind Poland and Belgium with three games left to play – and the group ranked on head-to-head.
Tuesday will also be another opportunity for captain Gareth Bale to put himself in the shop window after leaving Real Madrid – and the Welshman hasn’t ruled out dropping down to the second tier of English football amid reports of a potential move to Cardiff City.
“I can’t really say,” Bale said when asked if Cardiff was a possible destination. “I haven’t really thought too much about that. I don’t really know if the standard makes too much of a difference. A football game is a football game. I feel like I’ll never really lose my quality on the ball. I guess it’s a conversation to be had.”
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Netherlands vs Wales match stats
Netherlands have scored eight goals in their three Nations League games so far, but only two players have found the net more than once with Van Gaal’s side sharing the burden in front of goal. One of the players to have scored twice is wing-back Denzel Dumfries, with both goals coming from his only shots on target in his only appearances.
Group A4 is the group of goals and no clean sheets, as all six matches so far have ended with both sides scoring the net. For Netherlands, they have scored eight goals and conceded four, while Wales have let in five in reply to their three.
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8 June 2022 – Wales 1-2 Netherlands – Nations League
13 November 2015 – Wales 2-3 Netherlands – International Friendly
4 June 2014 – Netherlands 2-0 Wales – International Friendly
1 June 2008 – Netherlands 2-0 Wales – International Friendly
9 November 1996 – Netherlands 7-1 Wales – World Cup Qualifiers
The standout result in this fixture came in 1996 after Guus Hiddink’s side beat Wales 7-1 in the 1998 World Cup Qualifiers, with the Netherlands securing that comprehensive thrashing with Dennis Bergkamp netting a hat-trick, while Ronald de Boer, Wim Jonk, Frank de Boer and Phillip Cocu also got on the scoresheet.
Where are Wales and Netherlands tipped to finish in Group A4?
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