Our prediction for this World Cup 2018 match:
Luxembourg will be looking to put an end to their three-game winless run in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers when they square off against Netherlands at their Stade Jose Barthel. However, Luc Holtz’s men are regarded as underdogs in Sunday’s football game and, no doubt, they will be more than happy with one point from the match. Netherlands did not participate at the 2016 European Championship finals and they are desperate to qualify for the World Cup finals in Russia. The Oranje hammered Belarus on 7 October (4-1), but they failed to grab something from their last group game against France (0-1). Netherlands aim to start a new winning run in Group A and we predict that Danny Blind’s men are going to leave their hearts on the field in Sunday’s match. Tottenham Hotspur attacker Janssen, who scored in the 4-1 win over Belarus, is likely to lead the line for the visitors against Luxembourg.
Highlighted Player (Riechedly Bazoer):
Despite playing for PSV during his youth career, Riechedly Bazoer made his Eredivisie debut with Ajax. The central midfielder who was born on 12 October, 1996 in Utrecht, scored his first goal for Ajax on 15 February, 2015 in a 4-2 victory over Twente.
Four days later he made his European debut with the Amsterdammers, taking part in a 1-0 win over Legia in the Europa League. Bazoer scored five goals in 29 league appearances for Ajax in the 2015/2016 season, but he failed to win the domestic trophy with Frank de Boer’s troops.
Speaking of his international career, Bazoer has two caps for Netherlands U21 team and he made his debut for the first team on 13 November, 2015 against Wales. It has to be noted that he came as a late substitute in the 3-2 victory over the Dragons. Back in 2012 the right-footed midfielder won the UEFA U17 European Championship with the Dutch national team.
Highlighted Team (Netherlands):
Netherlands are well known for the colour of their shirts. The orange colour is the symbol of the Dutch national team and that is the reason why they got a nickname the Oranje. Netherlands won the 1988 European Championship in West Germany, with the team beating the Soviet Union in the title game.
A number of top-class players were part of the Netherlands national team that won the Euro 1988 trophy, with the likes of Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten, Frank Rijkaard and Erwin Koeman all starting the match against the Soviet Union. However, many people consider Johan Cruyff the best player in the history of Dutch football. Cruyff won three European Cups with Ajax as a player and he clinched the European Cup with Barcelona as a coach.
Johan Cruyff is well known as “the father of modern football”. Netherlands participated in the World Cup final on three occasions (1974, 1978, 2010), but they have yet to win the prestigious trophy. The Oranje welcome their rivals at Amsterdam ArenA, Philips Stadion and Stadion Feijenoord.