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March 23, 2013 1:00 AM IST
Amsterdam ArenA — Amsterdam
Referee:‬ V. Meshkov‎
Attendance:‬ 48675‎

Netherlands-Estonia Preview: Louis van Gaal's men target five for five

The hosts have won their previous four qualification games in Group D and will be looking to add three more points to their tally at the Amsterdam ArenA

By Stefan Coerts

Netherlands - Italy


Janmaat, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind
De Guzman, Sneijder, Strootman
Lens, Van Persie, Robben
Jaager, Morozov, Klavan, Teniste
Puri, Vunk, Vassiljev, Kink

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

Roma shot-stopper Maarten Stekelenburg could return between the sticks again after missing Oranje's previous two games, while Van Gaal is likely to opt for a four-man defence consisting of promising youngsters who ply their trade in the Eredivisie.

Skipper Wesley Sneijder makes his comeback in midfield, with Robin van Persie leading the line in what promises to be a youthful-looking team.

Meanwhile, Estonia boss Tarmo Ruutli will have to make do without the likes of Taavi Rahn and Gert Kams due to injury.

Ruutli plans to field an experienced starting XI in Amsterdam, with talismanic striker Andres Oper expected to start as Estonia's lone front-man, with Joel Lindpere offering support from midfield.

  • Netherlands are one of only two European teams that have yet to lose points in the qualification campaign for the 2014 World Cup, Russia being the other side.

  • Van Persie (pictured, right) needs only two more goals to equal the legendary Johan Cruyff's record of 33 international strikes for Holland.

  • Feyenoord midfielder Tonny Vilhena was crowned European champion at Under-17 level less than a year ago, and could now make his debut at senior level.
  • Estonia have locked horns with Holland on two occasions so far, losing both at home and away in the qualification campaign for the 2002 World Cup.
  • The guests' all-time leading goalscorer Oper plied his trade in the Eredivisie from 2005 until 2009 at Roda before leaving for Shanghai Shenhua, only to return to Netherlands one year later at ADO Den Haag.
  • Estonia are one of 21 Uefa members who have never featured at a European Championship or a World Cup.

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17Daley BlindDefender
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11Arjen RobbenMidfielder
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17Kevin StrootmanMidfielder
10Wesley SneijderMidfielder
10Jeremain LensStriker
16Robin van PersieStriker
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13Ron VlaarDefender
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23Rafael van der VaartMidfielder
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10T. VilhenaMidfielder
7Dirk KuytStriker
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24Sergei PareikoGoalkeeper
5Dmitriy KruglovDefender
2Enar Jaager Defender
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9Ragnar KlavanDefender
16Taijo TenisteDefender
14Konstantin VassiljevMidfielder
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7Sander PuriMidfielder
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