Event Date: March 26, 2013 20:30 CET
Netherlands’ perfect record in the ongoing World Cup qualifying campaign means that they sit at the top of Group D with 15 points from give games. Their qualification to next year’s grand tournament in Brazil is all but sealed, thanks to their excellent recent form.
But the second spot in the group which will lead to a playoff spot is still up for grabs, and although Hungary currently occupy that position due to marginally better goal difference, Romania can stake their claim by upsetting the Oranje at Amsterdam Arena this Tuesday.
Their task won’t be easy by any means though, as Louis van Gaal’s charges recently made mince meat of Estonia by a scoreline of 3-0. Romania, on the other hand, needed a 90th minute equaliser from Alexandru Chipciu to have a share of the spoils against the Hungarians.
Netherlands and Romania last faced off back in September 2012 when the former triumphed 4-1 at Bucharest’s National Arena. A repeat of that result or an even bigger win is certainly possible but everything depends on the Dutch mood and the strength of the team which van Gaal would field.
Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder, who picked up a groin injury prior to Friday’s Hungary game, is unlikely to feature against the Romanians. “We have to wait and see. We must look at the reaction of his groin tomorrow and the day after. If you ask for a substitution after half an hour, I don’t think you’ve got a big chance to play on Tuesday,” Goal.com have quoted the Oranje boss as saying.
Romania manager Victor Piturca has no fresh injury problems to deal with and he could name an unchanged side.
Considering the gulf in class between the two sides, the hosts should take this one by multiple goals at least. Therefore, the pick here is to back Netherlands -1.5 goals with Pinnacle Sports at a return of 2.02.