The Netherlands will take on a fully-confident Austrian side in a late-night kickoff on Thursday.
After winning their first game of the Group, the two sides will take each other head-on to seal qualification from Group C.
Netherlands 2-1 Austria
Netherlands 2-0 Austria
The Netherlands will be taking on Austria in Amsterdam Arena on Thursday. After winning the first game by a narrow margin, Frank de Boer and his men will be looking to improvise on their defensive errors.
A win against the Austrians will mean direct qualification for the Netherlands. However, if they fail to win, they will have to bite their nails in the last game of the group stages. Is it worth the risk? We highly doubt it.
Austria enjoyed a remarkable win over North Macedonia in the first fixture of Group C. However, the latter team fell short by 3-1 in their first official international game of history.
Stefan Lainer broke the deadlock in the early minutes of the game through a cracking volley. However, Pandev cancelled him out and levelled the game later on.
However, the last quarter of the match saw Austria putting two more goals past North Macedonia, thanks to Gregoritsch and Marko Arnautovic.
Barring any late injury or suspension news, the two teams will line up like this:
Netherlands: Stekelenburg; Timber, de Vrij, Blind; Dumfries, de Roon, de Jong, Wijnaldum, van Aanholt; Depay, Weghorst
Austria: Bachmann; Dragovic, Alaba, Hinteregger; Lainer, Laimer, Schlager, Sabitzer, Ulmer; Arnautovic, Kalajdzic
We are predicting a tight contest between the two sides.
Our prediction: Netherlands 2-1 Austria
Our experts are predicting a comfortable victory for the home side.
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