How The Netherlands Qualified
When the once mighty Netherlands team failed to qualify for both Euro2016 and the 2018 World cup, some soccer journos were quick to announce the Dutch were finished as a major footballing force. How wrong they were. Ajax once again have an exciting team full of fresh faces, good enough to reach the Champions League semis last season, and the Dutch national team are once again looking a force to be reckoned with.
The Netherlands qualified for the Euro2020 finals by finishing runners-up in Group C to Germany by just two points. Holland won six, drew one and lost one of their games, losing only to Germany in Amsterdam, but gaining their revenge when they thrashed the 2014 World Champions 4-2 in Hamburg.
How Austria Qualified
Despite producing some great players – Barcelona legend Hans Krankl for example – Austria are among the great underachievers of international football. Four years ago, Austria’s young team were dubbed the “New Belgium”, and now players like 22-year old midfielder Xaver Schlager, 23-year old striker Valentino Lazaro (of Newcastle United) and 27-year old defender Stefan Lainer will all be looking to make names for themselves at Euro 2020.
Austria qualified by finishing second behind Poland in the intensely competitive six-team Group G. After losing their two openers to Poland and Israel, Austria – galvanised by coach Franco Foda – went on a tear, winning six games and drawing one in a group where the top five were all in the hunt for qualification until the final two rounds.
Netherlands vs Austria Stats & Analysis
The head-to-head between the Netherlands and Austria dates back to 1933, compromises 18 games, and stands won 8, lost 6 and drew 4 in Holland’s favour. This century, the Netherlands are 6-0 against Austria, their most recent meetings being a pair of friendlies in 2011 and 2016 which the Dutch won 3-1 and 2-0 respectively.
The Netherlands are 14th in the current FIFA rankings, Austria are 26th. The current Dutch squad includes world-class talent such as Lyon star Memphis Depay, Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, Daley Blind of Ajax and Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong.
Netherlands vs Austria Bet
Netherland’s head coach Ronald Koeman has been even more controversial as a coach than he was as a bruising defender with a thunderous shot. However, for now he has this team of stars playing for him, and it will take a top team to stop their progress in Euro 2020. Austria for all their potential isn’t quite it. Expect a comfortable win for the Netherlands.
Netherlands 2-0 Austria
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