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Euro 2016 qualifiers: Stuttering Netherlands tackle in-form Iceland

| 03.09.2015

After making a sensationally poor start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, the Netherlands will hope to continue a recent overturn in form and fortunes when they clash with in-form Group A leaders Iceland.

Danny Blind’s Dutch outfit are 11/4 with Coral to secure a second consecutive qualifying victory by three or more goals, having toppled Latvia 2-0 in their previous encounter, as they aim to close the gap on their opponents at the summit.

Ahead of the Dutchmen, who current occupy third position, are the Czech Republic, as they sit three points clear and only two points behind Iceland.

Soccer - International Friendly - Netherlands v Spain - Amsterdam Arena

Blind, father of Netherlands and Manchester United versatility player Daley, took charge of his national side after former head coach Guus Hidink saw his contract terminated.

Such a mini-revival could be down to the changing of the managerial guard within the Clockwork Orange set-up, but Iceland are 9/1 to cause what would still be an upset at the Amsterdam ArenA.

The visitors will be extremely confident of gaining another successful result, having stunned the European stage by defeating the Dutch 2-0 last October, a triumph which sent them top of the table, where they still reside 10 months later.

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Maybe unsurprisingly, Iceland have never actually qualified for the finals of any major international tournament, but are in great shape at present to make history, and are 16/1 to win with both teams getting on the scoresheet.

In the Netherlands ranks, new Man Utd star Memphis Depay is ready to again star in orange, having made a blistering start life at Old Trafford. The former PSV marksman is 2/1 to net anytime in his latest outing, after recently opening his account under former national boss Louis van Gaal in the red half of Manchester.

The Flying Dutchmen can once again rely on skipper Arjen Robben, and the Bayern Munich wing wizard is 9/4 to fire his nation to glory over the Group A leaders on home soil.

For the travelling outfit, Swansea City star Gylfi Sigurdsson will be a key threat, having sunk a delightful double in that famous 2-0 reverse win, and the Premier League playmaker is 14/1 to open proceedings this time out again.



Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.