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WC Qualification Europe

  • 12 October 2012
  • • 19:30
  • • Stadion Feijenoord, Rotterdam
  • Referee: A. Kulbakov
  • • Attendance: 43000

Netherlands - Andorra Preview: Oranje look to continue perfect start to World Cup Qualification

Netherlands - Andorra Preview: Oranje look to continue perfect start to World Cup Qualification


The hosts, who crashed out of Euro 2012 in dramatic fashion, will be hoping to pick up their third consecutive win when they welcome the European minnows to Rotterdam on Friday



Van Rhijn, Heitinga, Vlaar, Martins Indi

Van der Vaart, De Jong, Strootman
Schaken, Huntelaar, Lens


Renom, Garcia, Lima, Rodrigues
Vieira, Vales, Pujol, Clemente
Lorenzo, Gomez

Louis van Gaal has named a 21-man squad for Friday's World Cup qualifing match, with midfielders Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben and goalkeeper Tim Krul all omitted due to injury.

Roma's Maarten Stekelenburg looks set to replace the Newcastle stopper between the sticks, while Rafael van der Vaart is set to start alongside Nigel de Jong and Kevin Strootman in absence of the Inter playmaker. Van Gaal is reportedly ready to hand Ruben Schaken his international debut, with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Jeremain Lens occupying the other two forward slots.

Andorra head coach Koldo Alvarez could recall Marc Vales into the starting lineup, following the 22-year-old's return from suspension. Josep Ayala is likely to drop to the bench as a result, with Ivan Lorenzo and Sebastian Gomez retaining their starting spots up top.

  • Netherlands will be looking for their third consecutive victory when they welcome European minnows Andorra to De Kuip on Friday.
  • Oranje are currently second in the Group D standings, tied on six points with leaders Romania. The visitors are yet to win a point in the World Cup qualifiers.

  • The sides have met a total of four times, with Netherlands triumphing on each occasion.
  • Friday's visitors currently sit 201st in the Fifa ranking. Netherlands occupy sixth place.
  • Andorra have just one competitive victory to their name - a 1-0 victory over Macedonia in the 2006 World Cup Qualifyers.

  • Rafael van der Vaart (pictured, right) returns after being left out of his nation's opening two World Cup qualifiers - incidentally the two games since he won his 100th cap. Oscar Sonejee is the most experienced figure in the visitors' squad, having made over 85 appearances to date.

  • Despite Van der Vaart being the deputy captain during Bert van Marwijk's reign, PSV's Kevin Strootman is in line to skipper Oranje in absence of Wesley Sneijder on Friday.

Players to watch

J. Lens

Position: Midfielder

Games: 1

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Jeremain Lens has been in fine form in recent weeks, scoring one and setting up three more for his teammates at the weekend. The 24-year-old will be looking to build on his impressive performance in Netherlands' recent 4-2 win over Hungary, and could run rampant against a timid Andorra back line.

Josep Gómes

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 5

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Jose Antonio Gomes is likely to be the busiest man on the field on Friday, as the Carabanchel glovesman will have to keep out the likes of Rafael van der Vaart and Robin van Persie if his side are to have any hope of recording a shock result.

Editor's Prediction

Though Andorra will be hopeful of an upset, Netherlands will simply be too much too handle for the European minnows. A home victory is all but certain, and the margin by which the Oranje triumph will depend on the efficiency of their attacking play - and with Jeremain Lens, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, and Ruben Schaken all fighting to retain their starting berths, the visitors could be in for a torrid night.

Last Five Matches

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Netherlands NLD
Netherlands Netherlands
Andorra AND
Andorra Andorra

Top 3 Predictions

Netherlands NLD
8 - 0
Andorra AND
Netherlands NLD
4 - 0
Andorra AND
Netherlands NLD
5 - 0
Andorra AND