The Dutch complicated things for themselves, as they failed to grab a direct promotion in their last fixture away to Montenegro when they come with a surprising 2:2 draw, leaving things still quite open in the group.
A point will do the job for them in this one, but I am not sure they would be satisfied with a draw, leaving nothing to chance and go for another victory against an opponent that needs to risk for all ninety minutes.
The home side isn’t counting on goalkeeper Krul (15/0, Norwich), defender Timber (6/0, Ajax), Wijndal (11/0, AZ), midfielder van de Beek (19/3, Man Utd), and forwards Gakpo (4/1, PSV), Berghuis (33/2, AZ), and de Jong (38/8, Barcelona).
Things are not that easy for Norway, as even a victory can’t guarantee them a top spot, even if they somehow record it despite the odds.
Their hopes lie in Turkey’s setback against Montenegro and an unrealistic positive result in this one, while their latest setback against Latvia at home is everything but encouraging and they’ll need to show much more here.
The guests will miss defenders Ajer (25/0, Brentford), Svensson (23/1, Adana), Bjorkan (2/0, Bodo/Glimt), midfielders Fossum (14/1, Aab), Berg (9/0, Bodo/Glimt), and forward Berisha (7/1, Viking), an Haaland (15/12, Dortmund) compared to previous call-ups.
Netherlands vs Norway H2H
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Time to set things right
Both nations will definitely put their maximum effort into recording a victory here, but realistically, the Dutch are appearing much better in the offense, and are certainly having my, as well as the community trust.
In addition, considering a high number of goals is seeming realistic, as sooner or later, the guests will have to open and risk, which is more than enough for the Netherlands to demonstrate their offensive capabilities and make this clash as interesting as possible in goal-terms.