The Republic of Ireland host the Netherlands in a Euro 2024 qualifier on Sunday evening. We take a look at where the betting value could lie in this clash.
Ireland defender Matt Doherty is serving his two-game suspension for the red card he picked up against Greece in June. Shane Duffy, Festy Ebosele and Aaron Connolly were recalled to the squad after lengthy absences.
Ronald Koeman has called up three players to the Netherlands squad for the first time – Tottenham Hotspur’s Micky van de Ven, Chelsea’s Ian Maatsen and Feyenoord’s Quilindschy Hartman. Each of them will be hoping that they will be able to receive their first senior minutes in Dublin on Sunday.
Netherlands and both teams to score (Yes) at 11/5
Koeman’s side recgistered an impressive 3-0 victory over Greece last time out and that will fill them with great confidence as they travel to the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. Despite another battling display, Ireland slipped to another defeat against France on Thursday night as they once again failed to be clinical with their chances.
Stephen Kenny’s side are in desperate need of getting points on the board but is difficult to see them getting a result against an in-form Netherlands side. We feel that the home advantage could play a part in this one and Ireland could get on the scoresheet, but we feel that the Netherlands will have too much for the Boys In Green.
Cody Gakpo to score anytime at 7/4
Netherlands attacker Cody Gakpo opened his account for the season in his side’s 3-0 victory over Greece on Thursday and this will have boosted his confidence ahead of the trip to Dublin.
Gakpo is one of De Oranje’s key players and his contributions will be vital if they are to qualify for next summer’s tournament in Germany. The Liverpool star gave an excellent account of himself on the world stage last year as he scored three goals for the Netherlands in their run to the World Cup quarter-finals.
The 24-year-old will certainly cause Ireland’s defenders a lot of problems on Sunday evening and after netting his first goal of the qualifying campaign last time out, we feel that a second will quickly follow.