It’s all over this coming Sunday, because then the Netherlands and Belgium will fight in a direct duel who will go to the Final Four from the Nations League. The Netherlands is currently three points ahead and has the better mutual result for the time being, so it could be an interesting match. We therefore look at the things you need to know before betting on the Netherlands – Belgium.
Poland – Netherlands
|Date:||September 25, 2022|
|Time of day:||8:45 pm|
|Location:||Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam|
Last Thursday, the Orange squad had already qualified for the last four of the Nations League, but that was not possible due to a victory by Belgium. If Belgium had lost points against Wales, the Netherlands could qualify for the Final Four. Both the Netherlands and Belgium managed to win and therefore the neighboring countries can now fight it out among themselves.
Belgium must achieve a better mutual result than the Netherlands to qualify for the final tournament of the Nations League. The first game ended in a 1-4 victory for the Orange, so the Dutch national team has a good starting position. If the Netherlands manages to limit the damage, then Orange will soon be able to prepare for the under the leadership of Ronald Koeman Final Four 2023 in your own country. The KNVB can organize the mini-tournament if the Netherlands manages to qualify.
It is not Hazard, Lukaku, or De Bruyne who is Belgium’s top scorer in the Nations League, but Fenerbahçe striker Michy Batshuayi. The striker was involved in a goal in every match of Belgium in the Nations League. He scored against the Netherlands, Poland, and Wales and provided an assist in the other two games.
But of course the man it all revolves around is Kevin De Bruyne. Like a true conductor, he steers the team and the ball where he wants it. In the game against Wales he showed his class again with a beautiful shot.
Furthermore, in the goal there is someone of exceptional quality. However, Thibault Courtois, the current goalkeeper of Real Madrid, said he was not looking forward to the Nations League matches. It is to be hoped for the Belgians that Courtois will soon be more interested on the field.
Puzzle pieces fall for Van Gaal
In the match against Poland, national coach Van Gaal surprisingly chose goalkeeper Pasveer. This way, the 38-year-old Ajax veteran was able to receive his fillet. He kept his goal clean, and could well be the surprising yet logical first choice in Qatar.
For the rest, the framework is already fairly fixed. Timber now seems to be above De Ligt and De Vrij in the hierarchy and in midfield it seems that Koopmeiners or Berghuis can play alongside Frenkie de Jong. Koopmeiners unfortunately dropped out quite early with an injury, which meant that Berghuis was allowed to play most of the game.
In the front, Cody Gakpo seems to take his chance. Statistically there seems to be no size, and he shoots sharp for club and country. He was the goalscorer who put the 0-1, a beautifully executed attack over several discs, on the scoreboard.
And Bergwijn and Memphis seems to be a dangerous tandem, although the FC Barcelona player dropped out early in the second half with an injury. It is still unclear whether he will play against Belgium. If he doesn’t play, Vincent Janssen could well be a real bargain. In any case, he showed his best side during his substitute.
It is the last game of the Dutch national team before the 2022 World Cup starts in Qatar. It feels strange that the goodbye match is in September, but that cannot be otherwise with a world championship that starts in November.
At the World Cup, the Netherlands will play in group A against host country Qatar, Ecuador and Senegal. The Belgians have to deal with Croatia, Canada and Morocco in group F.
The last goodbye game of Orange was played just a little longer than a year ago. In early June 2021, just before the European Championship 2020, which was therefore held in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the men in Orange won 3-0 against Georgia.
Because the Netherlands shined through absence during the 2018 World Cup and European Championship 2016, the penultimate goodbye match dates from June 4, 2014. In the Johan Cruijff ArenA, Arjen Robben and Jeremain Lens Orange shot to a 2-0 victory against Wales. National coach of the Dutch team was then also Louis van Gaal, who had then started his second term as choice lord of the Orange squad.
History Netherlands – Belgium
The derby of the low countries has been played for years. The teams met no less than 128 times in a direct game. It is by far the most affected opponent. (West) Germany, Switzerland and Denmark follow at a good distance.
In the mutual encounters, the balance is in favor of the Dutch. In total, Orange managed to beat the southern neighbors 56 times. Belgium can only counter that with 41 victories. 31 times the derby ended in a draw.
Since the new millennium, however, the roles have reversed a bit. Since 2000, the countries have played against each other seven times. Only once did the Orange cross the line with a victory. This is also directly the most recent international match between the two countries. In the Nations League, the Netherlands beat Belgium 1-4.
In four of the seven international matches, there was no winner after 90 minutes. The Belgians managed to beat the Dutch twice. In 2004 the Red Devils were too strong with 0-1, and in 2012 Belgium won in a goal-rich match 4-2.
Most of the encounters were friendly. The last game between the two teams where anything was really at stake, other than the last meeting in the Nations League, was the 1998 World Cup in France. It then became a bloodless 0-0, where Patrick Kluivert’s red card in particular after a violent action against Lorenzo Staelens is still remembered. Both teams reached the knockout phase at the World Cup, where the Netherlands even managed to reach the semi-finals.
The best meeting was a year later. In a true football celebration, both Belgium and the Netherlands scored, with the neutral viewer as the winner. After ten goals, each equally divided with a 5-5 score, both teams thought it was enough.
Betting on the Netherlands – Belgium
If we are to believe the bookmakers, the Netherlands is the favorite to settle the neighbor dispute in his favor. The best odds for a win can be found at Unibet with an odd of 2.20. For the latest odds you can always take a look at our odds comparator.
If you want to bet on the Netherlands – Belgium then betting on BTTS is a great option. Taking history into account, both teams have scored in seven of the last eight head-to-head games. If you now believe in the attack of both countries again, and why not when you see the names, then at BetCity you get 1.66 times your bet back.
With the still uncertain Memphis, we shift our attention to Steven Bergwijn. The new Ajax player is working on a good run in the shirt of the Orange Lions. A goal from Bergwijn gives you odds of 3.30 at Jack’s. That is a higher odd than, for example, Vincent Janssen and Wout Weghorst.
If you want to be a little more secure when betting on the Netherlands – Belgium, bet365 offers a shot on goal from Bergwijn for 1.57. It is important with this bet to see if the player is in the base. If Bergwijn is still substitution, you can see here which bookies void the bet.
If we look at the Belgians, we look at Kevin De Bruyne. He already has a multitude of assists to his name in the Premier League. He managed to make the decisive pass six times in seven games.
He has only provided an assist in the Nations League, but the Belgians will have to attack to have a chance at the final victory in the group. And who better to take a team by the hand than the Manchester City midfielder?
Are you convinced that Kevin De Bruyne will provide an assist, then you can earn back 3.20 times your bet at BetCity.
Special promotions for betting during the Netherlands – Belgium
Odd boosts for new customers
For new players, there are also welcome bonuses in the form of an insane odds boost if you want to bet on the Netherlands – Belgium. At Circus, new customers receive a Super Odd in the form of 50 times your stake back when the Netherlands wins. This has a maximum bet of € 1. You can find this increased odds after registration under the heading Super Odds in the sportsbook of Circus.
The originally Amsterdam online casino BetCity comes with the same boost for new players. Here too, with a maximum stake of € 1, you get an odd of 50 times your bet if the Dutch national team wins over Belgium. As soon as you select a win of the Netherlands over Belgium, the odds for you as a new customer will be increased.
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