Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Prediction: Romania vs Netherlands

Verdict: Netherlands win

Best Odds: 1/2

Bookmaker: Olympusbet

With plenty of pressure on their shoulders on Tuesday evening, the Netherlands will travel to Munich when they meet Romania for their Round of 16 showdown.

Romania

Starting with Romania, only continuing on what has been a history-making summer over in Germany, the Tricolours find the mood in their camp at a red-hot high. Booking a maiden knockout stage ticket and remarkably finishing at the top of Group E ahead of European giants Belgium, Edward Iordabescu’s men have embarked on an iconic fairytale. However, signing off their Group E campaign with a 1-1 stalemate against Slovakia last week, the Yellows will be more than aware that they face a huge leap up in class on Tuesday evening. Signing off their EURO 24 preparations with a lacklustre 0-0 stalemate at home against Liechtenstein on June 7th, Romania have collected just a single victory from any of their seven appearances this calendar year.

Team News

Shown what was a costly first-half booking against Slovakia last week, 31-year-old defender Nicusor Bancu will serve a one-match suspension on Tuesday evening. Remarkably notching two goals in his three Group E appearances this summer, Empoli midfielder Razvan Marin will have a leading role to play in the middle of the park.

Opening his EURO 24 account with a strike against Ukraine on June 17th, Gaziantep striker Denis Dragus will spearhead Romania’s charge in Munich. Making the move to Premier League giants Tottenham during the January transfer window, Radu Dragusin will earn a 21st international cap here.

Netherlands

As for the Netherlands, although Holland might have opened up their EURO 24 adventure with a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Poland on June 16th, Ronald Koeman’s men have struggled to find any real stability. Signing off their Group D campaign with an action-packed 3-2 defeat at the hands of Austria, the former Barcelona boss has faced some mounting pressure. Although the European icons might have opened up this summer’s tournament in the midst of a real flurry, they could only muster a single victory from any of their three Group D appearances. Nevertheless, handed what appears to be a golden opportunity on Tuesday evening, the Netherlands will be excited by a stellar record against their Round of 16 foes. Including a 3-0 win when they last met Romania back in November 2017, they have won all of their previous four battles by an aggregate score of 13-1.

Team News

Shockingly forced to settle for a spot on the bench during their 3-2 defeat against Austria last week, PSG star Xavi Simons could be handed an immediate recall and replace Donyell Malen in the final third. Making a first EURO 24 start in Berlin, PSV youngster Lutsharel Geertuida could keep his spot at right-back.

Bagging a consolation strike against Austria last week and recording two goals in his three Group D appearances this summer, Liverpool’s Cody Gakpo will once again play a leading role here. While Atletico Madrid ace Memphis Depay might have recorded just a single goal over in Germany over the past fortnight, the 30-year-old will earn a 96th international cap in midweek.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Romania and the Netherlands last met back in November 2017 for a friendly showdown, Holland collected a 3-0 victory.
    • Likewise, the Oranges have won all of their previous four meetings against Romania by an aggregate score of 13-1.
    • Despite signing off their Group D campaign with a 3-2 loss against Austria, that is just the second defeat that Holland have suffered from their 10 appearances across all competitions.
    • Romania have collected just a single victory from any of their previous seven matchups across all formats.
    • Liverpool star Cody Gakpo registered two goals in his three Group D appearances.

    Conclusion

    Although the Netherlands might have struggled to find much stability this summer, Holland will be smelling a golden opportunity here. Storming their way to a 3-0 victory when they last met Romania back in November 2017, Koeman’s men are rightfully pencilled in as a landslide contender on Tuesday evening. While the Tricolours might have sprung a major EURO 24 statement this summer, they do face what will be a major challenge here. Recording just a single victory from any of their previous seven appearances across all competitions and losing their last four battles against Holland by an aggregate score of 13-1, we are backing the Dutch to book their quarter-final spot.

    Verdict: Netherlands win

    Best Odds: 1/2

    Bookmaker: Olympusbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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