North Macedonia go into the final day of Euro 2020 tournament Group C having been eliminated from the competition. Despite being eliminated from the tournament with a game to play, North Macedonia can throw a spanner in the works for the Netherlands. The Dutch head into matchday 3 of Group C having advanced to the last 16. They have taken six points from six available to them outscoring Ukraine and Austria by a combined 5-2 scoreline.

After defeating Ukraine 3-2 in a very competitive match to kick off the Euro 2020 tournament, the Dutch defeated Austria 2-0 on Thursday night. A win or draw won’t affect the Dutch’s finish to the group. They have won Group C and are the first team at the Euro 2020 tournament to have officially won their group.

Due to having won the group already, manager Frank De Boer could rotate the team and rest the players that appeared against Ukraine and Austria. The Netherlands will play the third-place team from either Group D, E, or F in the last 16. There is the chance the Dutch could play a strong team in the round of 16 on June 27.

North Macedonia have nothing to lose on Monday. A win will give them something to build on when World Cup qualifying kicks back off in the autumn. The Netherlands do have one thing that could be lost with a defeat or draw to North Macedonia. That one thing is momentum. De Boer needs the team to keep going and will aim for a third straight tournament win.

North Macedonia vs Netherlands Betting Odds

 

North Macedonia have put up a fight in each of their games at the Euro 2020 tournament. Both of their matches finished 2-1 against Austria and Ukraine respectively. Their 2-1 loss against Ukraine on Thursday saw them down 2-0 at halftime. Ezgjan Alioski pulled a goal back before the hour-mark but that was as close as North Macedonia could get.

They kept 47% possession and tallied 13 shots with five hitting target. North Macedonia’s defence conceded 17 shots with eight on target. Playing against the best team in Group C, North Macedonia are likely to be on the back foot with the Dutch keeping most of the possession and tallying a number of shots.

The Netherlands did not have much trouble with Austria, which was a bit unexpected pre-match. Memphis Depay scored from the penalty spot in the first half and Denzel Dumfries scored once more in the second half. The Dutch only tallied 46% possession against the Austrians while tallying 14 shots with four on target.

North Macedonia are at odds of 16/1 to defeat the Netherlands on Monday. Meanwhile, the Dutch are at odds of 1/3 to defeat North Macedonia and to win a third straight game. These teams have played four times previously with the Netherlands never suffering a defeat. The Dutch have won twice and drawn twice versus North Macedonia. The teams are at odds of 21/4 to draw at the end of full-time.

North Macedonia vs Netherlands Team News

De Boer has no need to play the Dutch team’s best players. Depay could get a rest after playing the team’s previous matches. Dumfries is in fine form for the Dutch having scored in both matches of the group stage thus far. Wout Weghorst has made a strong partnership with Depay. He scored against Ukraine. Like Depay, De Boer could rest the Wolfsburg striker.

Nathan Ake could come into the side to start against North Macedonia. He appeared against Austria as a sub for Daley Blind. The likes of Luuk de Jong, Steven Berghuis, and Davy Klaasen will all be in line to make starts for the Dutch.

Igor Angelovski’s team are the lowest ranked side at the Euro 2020 tournament. They have played well at times but not been able to put things together for a full 90 minutes. Angelovski could stick with striker Goran Pandev for the game. He scored against Austria in the team’s tournament opener. Alioski should keep his place in the team following a goal versus Ukraine on Thursday.

North Macedonia vs Netherlands Prediction

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The Netherlands conceded goals to Ukraine but kept Austria out of the back of the net. Which Dutch team will we see against North Macedonia? Will it be the Dutch that went back and forth with Ukraine or the side that dominated Ukraine? North Macedonia saw both teams score and identical 2-1 scorelines in their two matches at the Euro 2020 tournament.

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De Boer is likely to rotate the team. The Dutch have won the group already, therefore, there is no reason for him to risk the fitness and health of Weghorst, Depay and others that played against Ukraine and Austria. De Jong could start the game and score his ninth goal for the national team. He has played 38 times for the national team and is being used currently as a back-up to both Depay and Weghorst. He could start and score against North Macedonia’s defence. 

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North Macedonia’s two matches at the Euro 2020 tournament finished with over 2.5 goals scored. The team’s defence just hasn’t been good enough at the competition. The Dutch have scored five goals at the tournament and they shouldn’t stop scoring goals against North Macedonia. Even if De Boer rotates the team, the Dutch will score goals and win.

The Dutch may be on their way to the knockout stage, but they have not convinced sportsbooks as yet. The Netherlands are at odds of 12/1 to win the Euro 2020 tournament. They have the eighth highest odds to win the tournament after two matches.

North Macedonia are likely to bow out of the tournament with a third straight loss. The Dutch could be a dark horse in the knockout stage. However, their success in the group could be down to the competition they have played.