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  • 2 September 2011
  • • 19:30
  • • Philips Stadion, Eindhoven
  • Referee: L. Liany
  • • Attendance: 35000
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Netherlands - San Marino Preview: Hosts on course to qualify for Euro 2012 with 100% record

Netherlands - San Marino Preview: Hosts on course to qualify for Euro 2012 with 100% record

The No.1 team in the Fifa World Rankings look to extend their stranglehold on qualifying Group E with what looks like a home-banker against Giampaolo Mazza's minnows


PROBABLE LINEUPS
NETHERLANDS

Stekelenburg
Van der Wiel,
Heitinga, Mathijsen, Pieters
Van Bommel, Maduro
Kuyt, Sneijder, Elia
Van Persie
SAN MARINO

Junior
Bacciocchi, Della Valle, Andreini, Simoncini
Marani, Mazza, Bugli, Gasperoni
Selva, Montagna

Nigel de Jong and Arjen Robben are set to be missing for the Dutch after the Manchester City man hobbled out of his side's clash with Swansea; while Robben continues to nurse a groin injury.

Georginio Wijnaldum could make his debut for his national side after showing great form towards the end of last season.

San Marino have a full squad to choose from for their tricky trip to the Netherlands. Veteran talisman Andy Selva is set to start despite being released by Hellas Verona at the end of last season. Meanwhile, Giampaolo Mazza's side possess plenty of experience, with their defence boasting 119 caps in total.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Netherlands are currently rated as the top team in the world by Fifa for the first time in their history.
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has scored 10 international goals since the 2010 World Cup, including a hat-trick against San Marino.
  • The Oranje are on course to qualify for their second successive tournament with a 100 per cent record.
  • San Marino are yet to score a goal in their qualifying campaign for Euro 2012.
  • The minnows are ranked over 200 places behind their adversaries in the most recent Fifa rankings.
  • San Marino's last victory came over seven years ago - against Liechtenstein.

Players to watch

R. van Persie

Position: Attacker

Games: 1

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The new Arsenal captain has netted two goals in his last two games for his club and netted vital goals against Hungary as the Oranje strengthened their stranglehold on Group E.

A. Simoncini

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 1

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The Cesena goalkeeper will certainly be the busiest player on the pitch as he looks to stem the Netherlands' attacking football and impressive front-line.

Editor's Prediction

How could it be any other way? The Dutch have been in phenomenal form since losing the World Cup final last summer, netting 21 goals in their six qualifiers to date. Meanwhile, San Marino have been as poor as they've ever been.

Last Five Matches

San Marino

  • L
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • L

Head To Head

Netherlands

San Marino

Wins
5
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Netherlands NLD
Netherlands Netherlands
Draw
San Marino SMR
San Marino San Marino
98%

Top 3 Predictions

Netherlands NLD
9 - 0
San Marino SMR
Netherlands NLD
6 - 0
San Marino SMR
Netherlands NLD
7 - 0
San Marino SMR

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