Netherlands will look to the knockout stages now having wrapped up first place in Group C, but winless North Macedonia are already out regardless of Monday’s result.
European Championship 2020
Venue: Johan Cruyff Arena
3-1 and 2-1 losses to Austria and Ukraine respectively mean North Macedonia must have packed their bags even before they take to the pitch here, but Igor Angelovski and his side must have learnt a thing or two about playing in major tournaments.
Yet, they looked adventurous in those losses and will seek to bow out on a high by at least scoring in all three of their group games. Alas, Igor has already pointed out that ‘there is no greater
motivation than to play against a big Holland team‘.
On the other hand, Netherlands are living up to the billing at this tournament having won each of their opening two games to seal top spot ahead of this one, and Frank De Boer would even have the luxury of rotating his side for this one.
They ran out 4-0 winners the last time they played North Macedonia in 2009, and it could be almost more of the same even though the Oranje might not go full strength here.
Igor could probably elect to offer fringe members of his squad some game time, with this last game. Yet, Ilija Nestorovski is unavailable.
Same with De Boer. The likes of Luuk de Jong, Donyell Malen, Davy Klaassen and Owen Wijndal will be push for starting berths here.
North Macedonia’s last five games: WDWLL
Netherlands last five games: WDWWW
Denzel Dumfries is just the second player to score in his first two European Championship tournament games for the Netherlands since Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Even though a changed starting XI might be seen the next time Netherlands take to the pitch, we still expect them to have enough quality for this North Macedonia team.
There is little to suggest they wouldn’t make it a hat trick of victories from here, so we’re snapping up an outright win for the Dutch on home soil for odds of 3/10.
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