Needing a win to stay at the top of their group in the World Cup Qualifiers, the Netherlands visit Latvia next Friday, 8. The match is in the seventh round of the European qualifying competition, approaching the final straight. The Oranje are battling Turkey and Norway for the top spot in Group G, while the Latvians already see their chances of even reaching the play-offs slipping away.
Stadium and city where Latvia vs the Netherlands will play
The clash between the two teams will be played at the Daugava Stadium in the Latvian city of Riga. The venue is one of the homes of the Latvian national football team.
Last meeting between the teams
The Dutch and Latvians have already met in the first round of the current World Cup qualifiers. In that duel, the Oranje beat their rivals with relative ease, 2-0. Steven Berghuis and Luuk De Jong were the authors of the goals of the triumph of the Netherlands, which on occasion, played in Amsterdam. The highlight for the superiority presented by the hosts in the confrontation, as can be seen, for example, in the number of shots, which were 36 of the home team against only four of the visitors.
Despite their slim chances of qualifying for the World Cup, as expected, Latvia has been making a decent showing in the qualifiers. The Latvians have already achieved good results, for example, the victory against Gibraltar and the draw against Turkey. The points taken away from the Turks could have a significant bearing on the final group standings, and now the Latvians are trying to do the same against the Netherlands, which would be even more remarkable.
Latvia has already picked up five points in the six matches they have played in the current edition of the World Cup qualifiers, the fruit of one win and two draws. This result puts the team in fifth and penultimate position in Group G of the competition. However, it is worth highlighting the numbers of the defense of the national team. They conceded ‘only’ ten goals, less than Turkey, for example. However, in attack, the statistics are more modest, with seven goals scored, well within expectations.
Coach Dainis Kazakevics knows he will be without a big name against the Dutch. Raków Częstochowa striker Vladislavs Gutkovskis picked up his second yellow card against Montenegro and will be suspended. He is the team’s top scorer in World Cup qualifying, with two goals scored. His replacement will be young Raimonds Krollis, from local team Valmiera FK. That is the only unavoidable absence for the Latvians.
Does the Netherlands come into their new FIFA World Cup? Qualifying campaign full of confidence after their excellent results in previous rounds. The Oranje managed to draw away from home against Norway and beat Turkey in Amsterdam. The points earned were crucial for the Dutch to take the lead in Group G of qualifying. With four rounds of matches to go, Louis Van Gaal’s men now have only their destiny in their own hands.
The Oranje have been in impressive form in qualifying. They have won four, drawn one, and lost just once, this time to Turkey in the first round. The Dutch also boast the best-attacking record in UEFA qualifying. The Dutch have scored 22 goals, an average of more than 3.60 per game. On the other hand, the defense is still a little shaky, having conceded six goals so far in the competition.
Like the Latvians, the Netherlands is also missing a key player. PSG’s Georginio Wijnaldum picked up his second yellow card in the defeat by Turkey and will have to serve a suspension. Feyenoord’s Guus Til, who came on as a substitute against the Turks and scored one of the goals for the Oranje, will be one of the key candidates to fill the midfielder’s shoes. That, however, should be Louis Van Gaal’s only pre-match headache.
Top betting tips for Latvia vs the Netherlands
Goal betting tips
In the last four times Latvia and the Netherlands have met, their opponents have not let in the Oranje. This is likely the case for the seventh qualifying round clash, especially given the absence of the Latvians’ central striker. Therefore, a good bet for this clash is the ‘no’ option in the market of both teams’ scores. The selection has odds of 1.44 at Bet365.
Betting tips for the result
Despite a defense that does not usually concede so many goals, Latvia should have a tough time against the Dutch. After all, Louis Van Gaal’s men showed in the last FIFA Date that their attack was very much up to scratch. In other words, another good option for bettors is to invest in the handicap market. A win for the Netherlands by at least three goals difference can be very lucrative. Bet365’s odds for this option is 1.72.
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Needing a win to stay at the top of their group in the World Cup Qualifiers, the Netherlands visit Latvia next Friday, 8.
The clash between the two teams will be played at the Daugava Stadium in Riga, Latvia.
The Netherlands and Latvia have already met in the first round of the current World Cup qualifiers. In the duel, the Oranje beat their rivals with relative ease, 2-0.
The bookmaker with the best odds for this match is Bet365!