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Netherlands v Scotland: Prediction, Tips and Odds

Scotland qualified impressively for Euro 2024 but they have lost their last two friendlies, at home to England and away to France, and will be hoping for a better outcome against the Netherlands in Amsterdam.

The Dutch finished runners-up to France in qualifying Group B but they will have plenty of respect for the Scots, who held them to a 2-2 draw in a friendly encounter at Estadio Do Algarve (Portugal) in June 2021.

Netherlands v Scotland

Netherlands v Scotland betting tips and predictions

Netherlands v Scotland to draw - 10/3

Scotland shared the spoils away to Georgia (2-2) and at home to Norway (3-3) in their two matches of Euro 2024 qualifying and they may be worth backing to draw with the Netherlands at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

The Netherlands are sixth on the latest FIFA rankings but they will be keen to atone for some underwhelming recent performances at the European Championships.

The Oranje exited at the group stage at Euro 2012, failed to qualify for Euro 2016 and were dumped out at the round of 16 at Euro 2020 when suffering a surprise 2-0 loss to the Czech Republic.

Head coach Ronald Koeman was part of the famous Dutch team which triumphed at Euro 1988 and had a spell in the Netherlands hotseat between February 2018 and August 2020, which included a runners-up finish in the 2018-19 Nations League.

Koeman led his side to a second place in Euro 2024 qualifying Group B, although his team fell short in the matches against France - losing 4-0 at the Stade de France and 2-1 in Amsterdam.

It would be fair to say that the Dutch have a bit to prove against the heavyweight teams and they are sure to be keen to make an impression in next Tuesday’s Frankfurt friendly against bitter rivals Germany.

Koeman might decide one two key players back for the Germany match but needs to be careful because his plans are already disrupted by a spate of injuries, including Tottenham centre-back Micky van de Ven (hamstring) and midfield playmaker Frenkie de Jong (ankle).

The home side are not going to be at full-strength and that should encourage the Scots, who have shown that they can compete against strong teams.

Scotland’s Euro 2024 qualifying campaign included a superb 2-0 success at home to Spain and their 2022 Nations League quest included a convincing 3-0 victory at home to Ukraine.

Steve Clarke has assembled a decent squad including key midfielders John McGinn and Scott McTominay, who have been key contributors for their clubs, Aston Villa and Manchester United, in the Premier League this season.

Clarke’s charges held the Dutch to a 2-2 draw in a Portugal friendly in the summer of 2021 and they are capable of matching their hosts on Thursday.

Under 2.5 goals - 19/20

The Netherlands have long held a reputation for playing attractive, attacking football but they were happy to dig out a couple of 1-0 wins in last autumn’s Euro 2024 qualifiers away to Greece and at home to Ireland and their clash with Scotland could be a tight, low-scoring affair.

Looking at the Dutch squad, their best players are in defensive areas.

Virgil van Dijk, Stefan de Vrij, Nathan Ake and Matthijs De Ligt are used to playing at the highest levels with Liverpool, Inter Milan, Manchester City and Bayern Munich respectively, so there is an incredibly strong foundation for Koeman to build on.

However, the squad lacks a truly world class forward and the midfield may be short of creativity due to De Jong’s absence through injury.

Scotland might struggle to create many chances but they have a decent chance of keeping the Dutch at bay.

The Scots kept four clean sheets in eight Euro 2024 qualifiers and their disciplined defence can contribute to a low-scoring outcome.

Ryan Porteous to be carded - 12/5

As the away side Scotland will have to soak up plenty of pressure and a few of their players are obvious contenders for a yellow card.

Feisty midfield duo McTominay and McGinn are sure to make a few tackles, but an even more probable caution candidate is Watford defender Ryan Porteous, who has been booked 11 times in the Championship this season.

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Netherlands v Scotland odds

Netherlands - 4/9
Draw - 10/3
Scotland - 6/1

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