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
By Stefan Coerts
Janmaat, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind
De Guzman, Van der Vaart, Strootman
Lens, Van Persie, Robben
Tamas, Gardos, Chiriches, Rat
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.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
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.
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Top 3 Predictions
Netherlands 3-1 Romania
- 16.32 %
Netherlands 2-0 Romania
- 16.16 %
Netherlands 3-0 Romania
- 14.56 %
|World Cup Qualifying - UEFA (WCQ)||Mar 26, 2013||Netherlands 4 - Romania 0|
|World Cup Qualifying - UEFA (WCQ)||Oct 16, 2012||Romania 1 - Netherlands 4|
|UEFA European Championship (EC)||Jun 17, 2008||Netherlands 2 - Romania 0|
|Euro 2012 (EC)||Oct 13, 2007||Romania 1 - Netherlands 0|
|Euro 2012 (EC)||Mar 24, 2007||Netherlands 0 - Romania 0|
|Mar 5, 2014||France 2 - Netherlands 0||FR|
|Nov 19, 2013||Netherlands 0 - Colombia 0||FR|
|Nov 16, 2013||Netherlands 2 - Japan 2||FR|
|Oct 15, 2013||Turkey 0 - Netherlands 2||WCQ|
|Oct 11, 2013||Netherlands 8 - Hungary 1||WCQ|
|-||Bruno Martins Indi||Defender|
|-||Stefan de Vrij||Defender|
|-||Jonathan De Guzmán||Midfielder|
|23||Rafael van der Vaart||Midfielder|
|16||Robin van Persie||Striker|
|-||Ricardo van Rhijn|
|-||Siem de Jong||Midfielder|
|-||Vlad Iulian Chiricheş||Defender|
|-||Sebastien Gabriel Tamaş|
|-||Adrian Popa I|
|-||Mihai Doru Pintilii||Defender|
|1||Ciprian Anton Tatarusanu||Goalkeeper|
|-||Alexandru Mihăiţă Chipciu||Midfielder|
|-||Alexandru Iulian Maxim||Midfielder|
|-||Raul Andrei Rusescu||Striker|