Football Predictions

Northern Ireland vs Netherlands preview, predictions & possible XIs

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 10:59, 13 November 2019

Northern Ireland welcome the Netherlands to Windsor Park for their Euro 2020 qualification match on Saturday.

Michael O’Neill’s men will miss next summer’s pan-European tournament if Germany – who play Belarus in Monchengladbach – better their result.

A point, meanwhile, is enough for the Dutch to reach a first major championship since the 2014 World Cup, although they did reach the final of the inaugural Uefa Nations League earlier this year.

Read on for Northern Ireland v Netherlands predictions, preview, team news and TV coverage information.

When is Northern Ireland vs Netherlands and where can I watch live?

Competition: Uefa Euro 2020 Qualifiers

Venue: Windsor Park

Date: Saturday, 16 November 2019

Kick-off: 7:45 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event

Last five meetings: Northern Ireland vs Netherlands

10 Oct 2019: Netherlands 3-1 Northern Ireland (Uefa Euro 2020 Qualifier)

02 June 2012: Netherlands 6-0 Northern Ireland (Friendly)

12 Oct 1977: Northern Ireland 0-1 Netherlands (1978 Fifa World Cup Qualifier)

13 Oct 1976: Netherlands 2-2 Northern Ireland (1978 Fifa World Cup Qualifier)

07 Apr 1965: Netherlands 0-0 Northern Ireland (1966 Fifa World Cup Qualifier)

Aggregate Score: Northern Ireland (LLLDD) 3-12 Netherlands (WWWDD)

Ones to watch

Northern Ireland: Jonny Evans

O’Neill is currently presiding over an aging squad with only captain Steven Davis (115) having won more international caps than Jonny Evans (83), who is by far his nation’s most high-profile player. Evans, who has been excellent for Leicester City this season, will again be called upon to put in a performance if they are to deny Oranje all three points.

Key stat: Jonny Evans has averaged 1.3 tackles per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season.

Netherlands: Frenkie de Jong

Arguably the first name on Ronald Koeman’s teamsheet, Frenkie de Jong has gone from a prospective talent to almost undroppable. His press-resistance and innate ability to hold onto possession, as well as distributing it effectivility, is now the fulcrum the Dutch have built their attacking panache around. If he’s at full flow then O’Neill’s men could be in for a long night.

Key stat: Frenkie de Jong is averaging 61.4 successful passes per 90 minutes in La Liga this season.

Team news

Northern Ireland

Michael O’Neill is not blessed with extensive squad depth and is expected to field the same team that played in Rotterdam last month. Josh Magennis, who came off the bench to score at De Kuip, is pushing for a start at Kyle Lafferty’s expense.

Predicted XI: Peacock-Farrell; M Smith, Cathcart, J Evans, Ferguson; C Evans; Dallas, Davis, McNair, Saville; Lafferty.

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Ronald Koeman is without PSV Eindhoven duo Donyell Malen and Steven Bergwijn meaning a new-look front-three. Memphis Depay is called up but is not expected to feature. Luuk de Jong and Quincy Promes are expected to start with AZ’s young forwards Myron Boadu and Calvin Stengs on the bench.

Predicted XI: Cillessen; Veltman, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Blind; Van de Beek, Wijnaldum, Fd Jong; Promes, Ld Jong, Babel.

Squawka prediction

Northern Ireland frustrated the Dutch last time out and manager O’Neill is backing his charges to compete against their more illustrious opponents. Oranje, though, should have enough about them to pick up the point – if not more – that’ll see them book a place at Euro 2020.

Scoreline prediction: Northern Ireland 1-2 Netherlands

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