Our football match prediction:
Netherlands desperately needed a win against Belarus and they managed to get one, but they have slim chances of booking their place in the play-offs. The Oranje need to record a big win over Sweden in their last group game if they are to qualify for the showpiece tournament in Russia, but beating the Nordic side 6-1 or 7-2 is easier said than done. Anyhow, Dick Advocaat’s men are likely to leave their hearts on the field in Tuesday’s football match against Sweden and we are positive that they will find the net in the decider. Sweden rolled over Luxembourg 8-0 at the weekend, but that is not going to help them to improve their goal-difference as points against the rock-bottom team do not count, speaking of the ranking of second-placed teams. The Swedes are likely to adopt a cautious approach against Netherlands, but they will surely have a number of opportunities to attack the Oranje on the break.
Highligted Player (Joel Veltman):
Joel Veltman is a Dutch footballer who was born in Velsen on 15 January, 1992. Veltman started his youth career at VV Ijmuiden and in 2011 he was spotted by Ajax scouts. In the 2012/2013 Eredivisie campaign he played for the first team and he made seven league appearances for the Amsterdammers back then. The centre back, who plays as a right back as well made six appearances for Jong Ajax as well, scoring one goal for the team in the Eerste Divisie. Veltman has 8 caps for Netherlands U20 team and he made his debut for the first team in November 2013 against Colombia. He started the match and he played 90 minutes in the goalless draw with the South American side. Joel Veltman represented the Oranje at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. It has to be noted that the Dutch defender made 34 league appearances for Ajax in the 2015/2016 Eredivisie campaign, scoring one goal in the process. In the 2013/2014 season he won his second Eredivisie trophy with Ajax.
Highlighted Team (Sweden):
Sweden are the most successful Nordic side on international stage having been present at major competitions since 1934. Blagult missed out on the 1952 World Cup trophy on home soil as they were beaten by star-studded Brazil side, while they finished in third place at the 1950 and 1994 tournaments, and finishing fourth on their second appearance in 1938. As far as their European Championship record is concerned, Sweden also achieved their best result in front of home fans, reaching the last four in 1992, and they have since reached the quarter-finals at Euro 1994 in Portugal. Anders Svensson and Thomas Ravelli are team’s most capped players with over 140 appearances each, but it is strikers Henrik Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic that will go down as the most famous Swedish footballers in history. The later also leads the goalscoring charts with over 60 strikes for the national team and he is widely regarded as one of the most colourful characters, not only in Scandinavia, but in world football.