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World Cup Qualifer: Scotland vs. Holland

In Football, World Cup 2010 on September 7, 2009 at 18:18

By Joe,

Scotland will have to beat the Oranje team in search for the play off spot to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa 2010.

Scotland will have to beat the Oranje team in search for the play off spot to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa 2010.

Scotland is still searching a route to the World Cup tournament next year in South Africa. A draw against the Dutch will guarantee them the second place in the group nine but not enough to seal a play-off spot for to qualify to the World Cup 2010. A win is a must for the Scottish while Holland have already qualified as winner of group nine.

After the crucial 2-0 win against Macedonia in the weekend, Scotland have brought life back into their World Cup campaign. Coach George Burley might be on his way out but he will want to finish his managerial career on a high with Scotland. He has added both Gavin Rae and Graham Dorrans into the squad because James Fadden is suspended and Callum Davidson withdrew from the squad with injury. Goal keeper, Craig Gordon, Scott Brown and Steven Fletcher is ruled doubtful. On the positive front, defender Gary Caldwell will be available after serving his suspension against Macedonia.

Holland was one of the first teams in Europe to qualify for the World cup tournament and they did it style. They are currently undefeated in group nine with 7 wins in 7 matches. They played a friendly match last weekend and beat comfortably Japan with 3-0. Holland could be without Inter Milan’s star player, Wesley Snejder, as he was carried off with an ankle injury against Japan. The Dutch squad will definitely be without Ibrahim Afellay as he is nursing a calf injury.

Scotland are desperate to beat Holland to get into that playoff spot. They have been dogged with injuries and suspensions for the last two matches and could go against them as they face Holland. The Dutch could take an ease to this game as the outcome would not affect their status for the World Cup. However, would the Dutch want to lose their 100% winning recording during the qualifier?   A draw would suit both team but Holland looks likely to go and win it in Hampden Park, check out Betsson as they are offering at 2.15 for Holland to win.

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Holland vs England

In Football, International Friendly on August 10, 2009 at 21:43

By Joe,

Holland First Team

The English players will start their season by travelling to Amsterdam to face Holland in a midweek friendly clash. The Premier League season has not even started and many of the English players will have to get their first game playing for their nation. The Dutch season has already started but for the foreign based Dutch players, they will get their first game on their belt in the friendly match. Both teams will be fielding a strong starting lineup.

The Oranje camp will feature without their veteran goal keeper, Edwin Van De Saar, as he is out after receiving surgery to his right hand. He will be replaced by either Maarten Stekenburg or Michael Vorm in goal. New appointed Dutch Coach Bert van Marwijk has named 4 England based players in his 21 man squad. Liverpool duo Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel have been selected alongside Arsenal’s Robin van Persie and Nigel de Jong of Manchester City. While former England based players, Andre Oojer and Arjen Robben could also feature in the starting lineup. Giovanni van Bronkhorst is the only absentee of the original selected 22 man squad, as he is struggling with a knee injury. Holland hves already qualified for the World Cup 2010 so therefore van Marwijk will be testing some players out in order to get a clear idea of his squad for next year’s tournament.

Coach Fabio Capello has picked his 23 man squad for the highly competitive match against the Dutch team at Amsterdam Arena. There are a few surprises as Peter Crouch and Michael Owen are not picked, while the Italian has named Wayne Rooney, Emile Heskey, Jermain Defoe and Carlton Cole as the 4 strikers to provide the goals. The midfield sees a few familiar faces as the likes of Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard, Barry and Carrick. They are first pick for the starting line up on the night. The back four could see Ferdinand, Cole, Johnsen and Terry guarding the rear. David James has been left out due to an injury and therefore United’s Ben Foster, West Ham United’s Robert Green and Blackburn Rovers’ Paul Robinson will compete for the goalkeeper position. Capello is looking to quickly restore the English confidence with a victory against Holland. It is also anticipated that Capello will be rotating the squad during half time.

A minute of silence will be held to commemorate the life of Sir Bobby Robson as a he managed both places, in England and Holland football. This friendly match will serve both coaches an insight of how their players are reacting after a long summer vacation. Even though it is a friendly match, it will be a tough one as both teams are highly rated in the Fifa ranking.  The Dutch team are unbeaten in 10 games while England has scored 16 goals in 4 games. A draw would be suitable for this occasion and Betsson is offering odds 3.20 for a draw.

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