Euro 2020

Euro 2020 Qualifying, Three Games To Watch: Dutch and Norn Iron in crunch clash

While Croatia, Hungary, Denmark, and Switzerland scrap for points at the top of their groups.

 
10:00am on Wednesday 9th October 2019
By
Martin Macdonald

NETHERLANDS v NORTHERN IRELAND

The Oranje may have missed out on the Nations League competition win against Portugal during the summer, but they look to have moved on from their disappointment, having won both their games since the return to qualifying duties. Ronald Koeman's men have only been defeated once in the group, at home to Germany, but returned the favour in September with an impressive 4-2 away victory in Hamburg. The Netherlands have a game in hand over everyone in Group C, so if they defeat Northern Ireland and outscore Germany in the other fixture, they could go top. The Irish, too, have only been defeated once, also to Germany. The last fixture between the two nations was a friendly back in 2012, which the Netherlands won 6-0.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct 10, 19:45GMT

PLAYER TO WATCH: Memphis Depay

DENMARK v SWITZERLAND

Having played one less game than everyone else, Denmark have the opportunity to go top should Ireland fail to defeat Georgia on Saturday, as they are currently two points adrift of the Irish and one ahead of Switzerland, who could also go top should results go their way. These two have already played each other in the group and it was a brilliant watch, with Denmark remarkably scoring three goals in the last 10 minutes to come from behind to earn the 3-3 draw in Basel. Both sides, along with the Republic of Ireland, are unbeaten in the group, but if someone is going to make top spot their own, a win will be the order of the day here, not a draw like the previous encounter.

WHEN: Saturday Oct 12, 17:00GMT

PLAYER TO WATCH: Christian Eriksen

CROATIA v HUNGARY

Group E is one of the tightest in all of Euro 2020 qualifying, as Croatia sit on 10 points - just one ahead of both Slovakia and Hungary who have taken nine from their respective opening five fixtures. With Slovakia taking on Wales in the other match in the group this week, any one of the aforementioned three nations could top the group at the end of the round. Croatia's only defeat so far came in the reverse fixture against Hungary in March. In Budapest, Adam Szalai and Mate Patkai both scored to cancel out the opener from Ante Rebic, as Hungary won 2-1

WHEN: Thursday, Oct 10, 19:45GMT

PLAYER TO WATCH: Luka Modric

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