Our football match prediction:
Netherlands suffered a 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria in their last qualifier, with coach Danny Blind losing his job. Following a 2-1 win over Morocco the Oranje outclassed Ivory Coast (5-0) on Dick Advocaat’s debut as Netherlands coach and they will be looking to build on the triumph when they welcome Luxembourg at their Stadion Feijenoord. The Oranje sit in fourth place in Group A ahead of Friday’s football game and only a win counts for the hosts in this one. Netherlands are likely to go all guns blazing at Luxembourg and we predict that they will pick up all three points from the match. Luc Holtz’s men have collected only one point in the process and they are unlikely to spoil Netherlands’s party at Stadion Feijenoord. Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben found the net in the 5-0 win over Ivory Coast and he will be the man to watch in the home team.
Highlighted Player (Bruno Martins Indi):
Bruno Martins Indi was born in Portugal, but his family quickly moved to Rotterdam, where he joined Feyenoord’s youth set-up in 2005. Netherlands international has made his professional debut in 2010 with Feyenoord, where he spent four years as mainstay before a move to FC Porto on the back of impressive display at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Bruno Martins Indi spent most of his career playing as centre-back, but he can equally fill in on various positions in defence. Bruno Martins Indi had been deemed a victim to the extreme recolution in Porto’s central defensive department, having fallen out of favour with Nuno Espirito Santo and even being punished with a place in Porto’s reserves. During the summer transfer window the 24-year-old defender insisted on a move away from the club with Premier League being his preferred destination. On the final day of the transfer marked Bruno Martins Indi has been set to Stoke City on a season long loan.
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.