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Netherlands vs Northern Ireland: TV channel, betting odds, live stream, teams news and more ahead of the Euro2020 qualifier

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill will need to outwit Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman if his side are to get a result in Rotterdam.
Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill will need to outwit Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman if his side are to get a result in Rotterdam.

Northern Ireland face the tough task of stopping the high-flying Dutch in Rotterdam on Thursday evening.

Here's a quick guide to the Euro 2020 qualifier:

When and where is the game?

It's kicking off at 7.45pm on Thursday, October 10. It's taking place in Feyenoord's stadium in Rotterdam. Its official name is Stadion Feijenoord but it's more commonly known as De Kuip, which translates as 'The Tub'.

What TV channel is the Netherlands vs Northern Ireland game on?

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event (channel 401) and, as always, Sky customers can access the live stream via Sky Go.

If you don't have Sky Sports, you can see the game through NOW TV's Sky Sports day pass, which costs £9.99.

Can't watch? You'll be able to keep up with our live blog online and on the Belfast Telegraph app.

What's the form?

Netherlands: The Dutch have failed to qualify for the last two major tournaments but have improved markedly in the last couple of years. They've won 16 of their last 25 matches, losing five and all of those defeats were to top nations (France twice, England, Germany and Portugal). A 4-2 win in Germany last month was particularly eye-catching.

Northern Ireland: After blooding the nation's crop of young stars, Michael O'Neill has birthed a new era. There was initial pain in a 2018 that failed to yield a single competitive victory but that has given way to a run of five wins on the trot, halted only by the narrow loss to Germany last time out

What are the betting odds?

Northern Ireland are out at 14/1, unsurprisingly. There isn't an awful lot of value in a Netherlands victory; rated at 2/11 but the draw is available at 5/1. Former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay is favourite to score at 4/5. The most likely Northern Irish players to find the net are Josh Magennis, Kyle Lafferty or Liam Boyce - all available at 5/1.

What's the team news?

Netherlands: Hit man Steven Berghuis will be on home turf. The Feyenoord star — who caught the eye against Rangers in the Europa League recently — is one of those whom the Dutch FA boast as ‘the new wave’, and may start the game.

As Germany painfully recognised, the vibrant Netherlands can offer goals from various quarters, too. Debutant forward Donyell Malen, of PSV Eindhoven, came off the bench to score, while midfielders Georginio Wijnaldum (above left) and Frenkie de Jong also piled in. The pair will have to be carefully watched.

Virgil Van Dijk is, of course, the famed, clear bulwark that somehow Northern Ireland need to find a way past but Koeman is also pleased to welcome back midfielder Donny van den Beek, 22, from injury. The Ajax man was so impressive for his club in their 3-0 win against Valencia in Spain on Champions League duty.

Northern Ireland: Josh Magennis is expected to lead the line up top for Northern Ireland, who are without injured left-back Jamal Lewis. That gap could be filled by either Stuart Dallas switching from right-back, covered by either Conor McLaughlin or Michael Smith, or by Shane Ferguson stepping into the left full-back spot. In midfield, Paddy McNair is expected to start alongside skipper Steven Davis, George Saville and Corry Evans.

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