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WC Qualification Europe

  • 26 March 2013
  • • 19:30
  • • Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 47496

Netherlands - Romania Preview: Hosts aim to continue hot streak

Netherlands - Romania Preview: Hosts aim to continue hot streak


The 2010 World Cup finalists have been in sublime form so far this qualification campaign and are gunning for their sixth consecutive victory



Janmaat, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind
De Guzman, Van der Vaart, Strootman
Lens, Van Persie, Robben


Tamas, Gardos, Chiriches, Rat

Bourceanu, Pintilii
Grozav, Torje, Stancu

Louis van Gaal will still be without Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul through injury, while Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is being plagued by a knee problem and is unavailable, too.

Additionally, Wesley Sneijder misses out after picking up a groin injury against Estonia.

Ajax shot-stopper Kenneth Vermeer is expected to start again on Tuesday, while Rafael van der Vaart will take Sneijder's place in midfield in an otherwise unchanged XI.

Meanwhile, Romania boss Victor Piturca will have to make do without the services of the injured Ciprian Marica and Costin Lazar, while Dorin Goian is suspended following his yellow card against Hungary.

Therefore, Florin Gardos is expected to start in defence, while Razvan Rat could return at left-back at the expense of Stefan Radu.

  • Netherlands have not conceded at home in a World Cup qualifier since Teemu Tainio scored for Finland on October 13, 2004.

  • Arjen Robben (pictured) will equal the legendary Ruud Gullit on 66 international appearances for the national team if he features on Tuesday.

  • Holland's third goal against Estonia on Friday evening was the 1500th strike in their illustrious history, nearly 98 years after Eddy de Neve scored the first goal for the national team in a 4-1 win over Belgium.
  • Romania have locked horns with Holland on 12 occasions so far, winning only once (in October 2007), drawing three times, and losing the remaining eight matches.
  • Adrian Mutu equaled Gheorghe Hagi as Romania's all-time leading goalscorer on 35 goals following his strike against Hungary last week.
  • The guests have not qualified for the World Cup since making it to the round of 16 in France in 1998.

Players to watch

D. Janmaat

Position: Defender

Games: 1

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The Feyenoord defender has had a superb season so far and put in a man of the match performance against Estonia last Friday. Janmaat has already been linked with Arsenal following his impressive performances and he will be looking to further enhance his reputation in the match versus Romania.

A. Mutu

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The veteran attacker is one of Romania's all-time greats and is on the verge of becoming his country's top goalscorer after equaling Gheorghe Hagi on 35 goals last Friday. Mutu might no longer be the star from before, but the controversial forward remains his side's main attacking threat.

Editor's Prediction

Louis van Gaal's men have been in fine form this qualification campaign and will be confident they can add three more points to their tally on Tuesday. Oranje recorded a comfortable win in the away game against Romania and should be able to repeat that feat at the Amsterdam ArenA. Holland have not conceded at home in the World Cup qualification since 2004, and victory for Netherlands seems the only realistic outcome.

Last Five Matches

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Reader's Predictions

Netherlands NLD
Netherlands Netherlands
Romania ROU
Romania Romania

Top 3 Predictions

Netherlands NLD
3 - 1
Romania ROU
Netherlands NLD
2 - 0
Romania ROU
Netherlands NLD
3 - 0
Romania ROU