After an unconvincing start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, the Netherlands will be under pressure as they travel to Iceland.
The home side have shown no signs of easing off after their surprise run to the World Cup qualifying play-offs in 2013, winning their opening two matches in their latest attempt to reach a first major tournament – something which is already looking a realistic proposition given the expansion to 24 teams.
An emphatic 3-0 win at home to Turkey represented a fantastic start, while on Friday they capitalised on a sending off to win by the same score-line in Latvia, ensuring that they are level with the Czech Republic at the top of Group A.
They will now be hoping to emulate the Czech’s achievement in beating the team in orange, with Guus Hiddink experiencing an inauspicious start to his second spell in charge of his country. He earned his first competitive victory on Friday, but the manner of their triumph against Kazakhstan will not have silenced any doubters.
Behind thanks a first half diving header, the World Cup semi-finalists had to rely on an offside goal from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to get themselves going, before they scored two further goals to spare their blushes. Normally so strong in qualifying, this looks set to be another tricky test for the Dutch.
Hiddink’s only injury doubt is Ibrahim Afellay, who was caught by a heavy challenge against Kazakhstan. The Olympiakos star has declared himself fit, but he may not be risked from the start.
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