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Netherlands vs Scotland predictions: Stubborn Scots to match the Oranje
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Daniel Childs
Steve Clarke will want to see a strong performance from Scotland against the Netherlands.
Steve Clarke will want to see a strong performance from Scotland against the Netherlands.

- Scotland have drawn their last two matches
- Netherlands have scored one goal in three of their last four fixtures
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The Netherlands are hopeful of making a big impression at Euro 2024 and will be looking to build some momentum during their build-up, which begins with a friendly against Scotland at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Ronald Koeman’s side won six of eight games in qualifying Group B, but they were beaten home and away by France, who finished four points above them.

Scotland are looking forward to a second successive appearance at a European Championship finals after failing to get beyond the group stage at Euro 2020.

Steve Clarke’s side finished as runners-up to Spain in Group A and had booked their place at Germany 2024 with two games left to play.

Team news

The Netherlands are without Tottenham centre-back Micky van de Ven, who is recovering from a hamstring injury for the second time this season.

Frenkie de Jong (ankle), Brian Brobbey (hamstring), and Joshua Zirkzee (muscle strain) have also withdrawn from the squad and Steven Berghuis (knee) misses out.

Scotland have released Norwich central defender Grant Hanley, who is working his way back to full match sharpness after a long-term Achilles injury.

Brentford defender Aaron Hickey (hamstring) has suffered a setback and is not expected to return to action until the final weeks of the Premier League season.

The stats

The Netherlands have won five of their last six matches and have won their last three games without conceding, with two of those successes by a 1-0 scoreline.

Ten of the Netherlands’ last 12 matches have generated at least three goals.

Scotland have gone five games without a victory, but each of their last two matches have finished all-square.

Steve Clarke's side have conceded the opening goal in four of their last five fixtures.

Four of Scotland’s last six away games have featured goals for both teams.


Scotland lost only one of eight games in a tough Euro 2024 qualifying campaign and they can show their powers of resistance by holding the Netherlands to a draw in Amsterdam.

Steve Clarke’s side coped impressively in a competitive qualifying group and were always in control after winning their opening five matches.

The Scots have struggled in recent friendlies, losing 3-1 at home to England and 4-1 away to France, but they have travelled to the Netherlands with a strong squad and are capable of achieving a better result.

There will be higher expectations on the home side, but a lack of creativity could be an issue due to the absences of injured duo Frenkie de Jong and Steven Berghuis.

Scotland drew 2-2 away to the Netherlands in a friendly match in June 2021 and they might achieve a similar outcome.

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