Our prediction for this Euro 2024 match:
Netherlands will look to cement their spot in top two when they host unmotivated Republic of Ireland to Johan Cruijff Arena. The Oranje proved their worth in a hard-fought 1-0 win over Greece in October, but they have to secure their place at the 2024 European Championship finals. All Micky van de Ven, Matthijs de Ligt, Jurrien Timber, and Sven Botman remain in the recovery room, with 17-year-old Ajax defender Jorrel Hato receiving his first call-up.
The Boys in Green, meanwhile, will let their guard down this time out as they can make it to the Euro 2024 finals through Nations League should Netherlands happen to secure a top-two finish in Group B. As for the away team, Norwich City forward Adam Idah should be recalled to the starting XI after he came as a substitute in a 4-0 win over Gibraltar. Cardiff City attacker Callum Robinson could sneak into the starting line-up as well.
Highlighted Player (Steven Bergwijn):
Steven Bergwin is a product of ASC Waterwijk football school, but in 2009 he was spotted by Ajax scouts. In 2011 he moved to PSG and he continued playing for the club’s reserve team at senior level. He made his debut with the senior team on May 20, 2015 in a 2-0 win over Heracles.
Over the years the Dutch footballer born in Amsterdam on October 8, 1997, has established himself as a first-team regular at PSV, earning a call-up for the national team as well. Steven Bergwijn made his Netherlands debut on October 12, 2018 in a 3-0 win over Germany. His main position is left winger, but he is used as both right winger and centre-forward as well.
His preferred foot is right and it has to be noted that his parents are of Suriname descent, he has a dual citizenship. Bergwijn scored 14 goals in 33 appearances for PSV in the 2018/2019 Eredivisie season.
Highlighted Team (Ireland):
Competing as an independent entity since 1953, Republic of Ireland have struggled to match the world’s best national teams ever since, although they did achieve several respectable results on the road. Their best ever result, the 1990 World Cup quarter-final, was achieved with a big smile from Lady Luck seeing that the Irish reached the last eight without winning a single match.
They have since reached the last 16 stage at the 1994 and 2002 tournaments, while only qualifying for three European Championship finals (1988, 2012, 2016). The Irish were in the top 10 of the FIFA Rankings in 1993 and 1994, but have failed to repeat the success in the next twenty odd years, and it appears they are no closer to bridging the gap behind European powerhouses.
Robbie Keane holds the record for most national team caps and goals at the same time, having bagged 67 in 143 appearances, whereas Niall Quinn, Steve Staunton, Damien Duff, Tony Cascarino and Don Givens are some of the other star players.