Netherlands will be determined to bounce back from defeat when they welcome Latvia to the Johan Cruyff Arena in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier.
The Oranje were beaten 4-2 by Turkey in their opening group game on Wednesday, extending a run that has produced just two wins in eight fixtures.
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Nevertheless, they are overwhelming 1/40 (1.025) favourites with bet365 to put that result behind them by coming out on top in this one.
Dainis Kazakevics’ men suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat at home to Montenegro in their first match and are hefty 28/1 (29.00) outsiders to pull off a shock victory and priced at 16/1 (17.00) to earn a point.
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Tim Krul is likely to start in goal once again after stepping in following Jasper Cillessen’s injury in the warm-up prior to the Turkey game, while Stefan de Vrij is absent from the squad due to COVID-19.
Elvis Stuglis was forced to withdraw from the squad after also testing positive for COVID-19, with Eduards Tidenbergs brought in as his replacement.
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With Cillessen and de Vrij also missing from a defensive unit that is without the totemic presence of Virgil van Dijk, it is perhaps no surprise that Frank de Boer’s side struggled on their tricky trip to Turkey.
However, they are unlikely to have many problems in this game, against a visiting side that managed to score more than a single goal just once in their recent UEFA Nations League group containing Andorra, Malta and the Faroe Islands.
Indeed, Latvia found the net just three times in 10 matches in their most recent qualification campaign for the European Championship, finishing with a goal difference of -25.
Having conceded six without reply in their last visit to this stadium, it is hard to see the guests providing too much of a challenge for a Dutch side determined to return to winning ways.
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In fact, odds of 5/6 (1.83) seem fairly generous on the Netherlands getting back on track by beating Latvia by at least four clear goals on Saturday.
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