Netherlands vs Kazakhstan PreviewJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Arjen Robben is set to make a much-needed return to the Netherlands as they continue their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign against Kazakhstan on Friday.
The Netherlands suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat against the Czech Republic in the first of their Group A qualifiers last month, Vaclav Pilar scoring the winning goal in injury time.
Guus Hiddink’s side will now be hoping to make amends against Kazakhstan and the return of Robben should bolster their chances.
The Bayern Munich winger missed the disastrous clash against the Czech Republic and the 2-0 friendly loss to Italy before that due to an ankle injury. He is thought to be fighting fit ahead of Friday’s fixture and returned to the Bundesliga last weekend, scoring twice against Hannover.
Having reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in Brazil this year, the Netherlands are favourites to take three points from this meeting.
The Netherlands are undefeated in Home European Championship qualifiers and play-offs and Hiddink is the first to dismiss the idea that Friday’s contest would upset their proud record.
“When you come back from a great World Cup, it is often the case that it is difficult in the initial phase when you resume,” he said.
“Major teams should never lose two matches in a row and you can apply that standard to Oranje.”
Hiddink is yet to win a game since taking over as boss from Louis van Gaal after the World Cup.
Despite being the clear underdogs in the clash, Kazakhstan should not be underestimated. The side has lost just once since Yury Krasnozhan took over as coach in February and will put up a good fight at the Amsterdam Arena.
Kazakhstan’s opening match saw them hold Latvia to a 0-0 draw which left Krasnozhan’s side disappointed, despite being ranked 28 places below them by FIFA.
“The lads are unhappy,” he revealed after the game. “We drew with this team seven months ago. They were pretty happy with that result.
“Now we can see things have changed in terms of expectations.”
Netherlands vs Kazakhstan Betting
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The visitors are unlikely to pose much of a threat to the Netherlands but they could be an interesting outside chance if you fancy placing a risky bet this weekend. Betway has odds on a Kazakhstan victory priced at 25/1.
Betting on Netherlands to win won’t return much, so picking the score is a much more lucrative option. Try a £10 bet on a 3-1 Netherlands victory at 11/1 for £120 at Betway.
Both teams to score is priced at 7/4 at Ladbrokes which will return £27.50 on a £10 bet.
After a top performance this week, Arjen Robben is our best bet for the goal scorer market and William Hill has him at 3/1 to score first.