EURO 2016 Qualifiers Preview: Czech Republic vs. Netherlands

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Updated: September 2, 2014
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Match Date: 09 September 2014 (local time)

Venue: Stadion Letna

 

Netherlands will continue its impressive World Cup performance in its first Euro qualifying match. The squad is currently plagued by injury concerns, but nonetheless, remains a top pick over Czech Republic.

 

The contenders

Czech Republic

Czech Republic’s pedigree in the European Championship cannot be underestimated. Playing under Czechoslovakia, the squad bagged the coveted silverware in 1976. However, the squad’s rise was rather short lived as it has failed to continue its quest for dominance in European football.

 

Nevertheless, although it is true that the team was unable to defend its title, it remained as one of the strongest forces in the pitch. In 1996, the team made it to the final only to lose the battle to Germany.

 

Fast forward to 2012, Czech Republic has managed to reach the quarter-finals. Exiting such stage may not be the perfect scenario that it wished for, but certainly, it sealed their reputation as one of the strongest teams in the whole region.
In its current preparation for the qualifiers, the squad shall have a friendly against the United States. According to its head honcho, Pavel Vrba, the said encounter will readily benefit them, as the squad is a “quality opponent.”

 

Netherlands

The Oranjes is a familiar face in each and every major football competition known to mankind. The squad is a consistent performer in its respective group and develop a reputation of being a strong title contender.

 

During the recently concluded World Cup, Netherlands is one of the strong online betting favorites to fare well in the said competition. Although they missed the championship slot to Argentina, they were able to snatch the 3rd spot at Brazil’s expense.

 

Unfortunately, Netherlands’ strength will be put to a tough test as several of its key players will not make it to the squad’s first qualifying match due to injury issues.

 

Arjen Robben, Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Ron Vlaar and Rafael van der Vaart, to name a few are plagued by injury concerns and will be sidelined in the match.

 

Possible head turner

Huntelaar is one of the players expected to shine in the qualifiers. But the injury will prevent him from doing so. Nevertheless, the many know that the injury is just temporary and Huntelaar shall be back soon.

 

Meanwhile, expect  team captain, Robin van Persie to give a boost to the team’s morale. Perhaps, this is another chance to see another spectacular goal from the Manchester United man, whose diving shot became viral. There is also Wesley Sneijder who took the hero’s role during Netherlands’ down the wire match against Mexico.

 

What the odds say

Netherlands is valued to win in the said match, with odds pegged at a profitable 1.95.

 

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