Craig Cathcart

The Netherlands have a game in hand and could reclaim a coveted qualification spot should they carry on an impressive run that has seen them score 3.5 goals on average per match this European Championship qualification campaign.

Notably, the Netherlands bagged six goals in their only home encounter versus Northern Ireland earlier this decade.

Prior to a 3-2 defeat to Germany in their last home game, the Netherlands had been nothing short of rampant on Dutch soil.

Before that loss, the hosts had won all six competitive home games since the start of 2017, opening the scoring and winning at both HT/FT in all six of those victories.

Visiting boss Michael O’Neill has overseen single-goal margin victories in both of N.Ireland’s opening ECQ away games, though each were to lower-ranked opposition.

However, the visitors have failed to score in their last seven matches vs higher-ranked UEFA opposition on foreign soil.

Interestingly, N.Ireland went unbeaten in nine of their ten games in their last ECQ campaign, though the sole defeat came in their only away game vs a higher-ranked nation than themselves (2-0 vs Romania).

Players to watch: The Netherlands’ Quincy Promes has scored six goals in his last six appearances (four after half-time) for club side Ajax, all whilst receiving three bookings.

Defender Craig Cathcart scored N.Ireland’s last away goal vs better-ranked opposition than themselves back in a friendly vs rivals Wales in March 2016.