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Republic of Ireland will be hoping to keep their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign alive when they host Netherlands at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. Stephen Kenny’s side gave a good account of themselves in a 2-0 defeat to France on their travels last time out and will fancy their chances of bloodying the nose of Ronald Koeman’s team.

Netherlands have responded positively to a humiliating opener in France, comfortably seeing off Gibraltar and Greece in their homeland either side of their UEFA Nations League semi-final. Koeman isn’t the most popular Dutch manager but he remains on course to secure a spot at Euro 2024, and that is the primary objective.  

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Republic of Ireland vs Netherlands Predicted Lineups

McClean could return for Ireland 

It’s rare that Ireland call up League Two footballers but James McClean is a vastly experienced Irish international and is clearly highly thought of by Stephen Kenny – he replaced Enda Stevens at half time on Thursday. He could be the only change to the XI with Kenny utilising the experience of Shane Duffy and John Egan at centre-back while Preston North End’s Will Keane lasted just 11 minutes after appearing from the bench, ruling him out of this one.  

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De Vrij likely to return for netherlands 

Ronald Koeman’s team selections and preferred shape remain a source of contention for Dutch followers but he is stubborn in his efforts and could name a near-unchanged XI, Stefan De Vrij stepping in for Nathan Ake at centre-back after replacing him in midweek. That means another start for 23-year-old Feyenoord defender Lutsharel Geertruida while Wout Weghorst should lead the line after scoring on Thursday.  

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Republic of Ireland vs Netherlands Team Stats

Ireland struggling for firepower 

Ireland’s primary issue has been finding a route to goal. When you remove the 3-0 win against Gilbratar, a formality, they have managed just one goal – vs Greece – and just seven shots on target, giving them little opportunity to find the back of the net and lacking the forwards proven in finishing the few chances they’ get’ve been creating. They are at least consistent in winding up the opposition – they have drawn 11 fouls in those three matches and have seen opponents collect nine cards in four matches.  

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Dutch numbers need looking into 

Netherlands have managed an average of 22 shots on goal in their last five competitive matches. However, when you dig deeper, you see that that number is massively inflated by taking over against Gibraltar. The game against Greece is probably a good yardstick for what they will face against Ireland – they managed three goals, 14 shots and six on target. They also managed five on target against France despite a 4-0 loss. Cards are a theme – they have drawn four yellow cards from France and Greece while receiving two in each game. 

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Republic of Ireland vs Netherlands Players to Watch

Egan eager to get a goal 

John Egan is what many would call a ‘proper’ centre-half and that usually gets credited to defenders that are strong and aerially dominant. Egan is absolutely that in the opposition box as well as protecting his own – the Irishman has had a shot in his last four competitive internationals, a shot on target in three of those and has averaged a shot once every two games or better during each season he has played. Egan can be backed to have a single shot at 1.80 and a shot on target at 4.20 if you fancy including him in your Republic of Ireland vs Netherlands bet builder. 

Premier League Ogbene looking to make his mark 

Chiedozie Ogbene has made his way to the Premier League the hard way and he has earned caps for Ireland during the process. He made a decent impression against France, managing three shots and one on target – he can be backed to do the same at 3.00 and 1.73. The Luton Town man has managed two or more shots in three of his five starts for Ireland in competitive fixtures and isn’t too dissimilar to his record in the Championship where he managed 2.21 and 1.56 shots per 90.  

Cullen a dirty boy 

Josh Cullen’s reputation is a positive one, seen as a tactically intelligent dictator on a football pitch. That goes out of the window with Ireland. Cullen has committed nine fouls in his four qualifying appearances and has fouled an opponent in 15 of his last 17 competitive matches. He’s also capable of getting under the skin of his opponents, drawing a foul in 11 of 14 appearances. Cullen is available at 1.25 to boost your Republic of Ireland vs Netherlands bet builder and it will be worth looking at Marten De Roon and Frenkie De Jong in return.  

Dumfries a key player for Netherlands 

Nominally, Denzel Dumfries plays a right-wing-back but his role is one much higher up the pitch, such is the pace, power and quality he provides. Dumfries missed the France match but has since returned to deliver two assists against both Gibraltar and Greece. He’s also an absolute animal to deal with, unafraid to make himself known physically – he has committed a foul in his last 14 competitive appearances and two or more in 11 of those – he’s available at 1.91 to do that again against Ireland.

Wout about Weghorst? 

Wout Weghorst certainly made a name for himself at the World Cup with that incredible cameo against Argentina and he has earned the trust of Ronald Koeman, starting the two 3-0 victories against Gibraltar and Greece and mustering an impressive 13 shots and six on target. Any concerns that Gibraltar did the heavy lifting should be quashed by Weghorst managing four shots and two on target against the Eastern European nation.  

Gakpo now a key player 

When you’re a regular starter for Liverpool, you’re firmly in the minds of your international manager and Cody Gakpo is performing at both Premier League and international level. The youngster has managed a shot on target in his last four appearances for Netherlands and in eight of his last ten competitive starts. He averaged 0.74 shots on target per 90 last season for Liverpool having managed 1.92 and 1.37 the previous 18 months with PSV Eindhoven. 

Republic of Ireland vs Netherlands Matchups to Watch

Josh Cullen vs Marten De Roon 

As referenced above, Cullen is a tough cookie in an Ireland shirt, willing to do the dirty work. He will be up against a player with Premier League history in Marten De Roon, an all-action midfielder who has committed a foul in all but three of his international starts, including every Nations League and qualification match. This should be a feisty match-up and at 1.25 each to commit a foul, the odds aren’t terrible to back if you want a boost to your Republic of Ireland vs Netherlands bet builder.  

Shane Duffy vs Wout Weghorst 

Almost out of nowhere, Shane Duffy returned to the Ireland XI for the first time in over a year after a decent start to the season with Norwich City. His battle with Olivier Giroud didn’t quite go to plan with the ex-Chelsea man departing after 26 minutes so Wout Weghorst will be a welcome sight – a physical battle between two giants. Duffy has committed a foul in eight of his last nine starts for Ireland while Weghorst has committed two or more fouls in each of his last six appearances for Koeman’s men.  

John Egan vs Xavi Simons 

The powerful defender against the fleet-footed forward, is often a battle to be admired. Egan won’t want to get caught out and that means getting physical. The Sheffield United defender did not to commit a foul against France – the first time he failed to commit a foul in 11 competitive matches. He’s playing slightly out of position at left-centre-back and Simons will be hoping to isolate him with Dumfries occupying James McClean. Simons has been fouled ten times in his last three appearances for Netherlands but has also committed a foul in all five starts for his nation.  

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Republic of Ireland vs Netherlands

Calendar 10th September
Football icon kick off 19:45
Football icon Cody Gakpo 1+ Shots on Target
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Gakpo has had a shot on target in his last four appearances for Netherlands.

He has had a shot on target in eight of last ten competitive appearances for his country.

They have managed five or more shots on target in all three qualifying matches.

Football icon Shane Duffy 1+ fouls
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Duffy has committed a foul in eight of his last nine starts for Ireland .

He has has averaged between 0.8 and 1.01 starts per 90 over last four seasons.

Football icon Wout Weghorst 1+ fouls
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Weghorst has committed two or more fouls in his last six appearances for Netherlands.

Weghorst averaged 1.86, 1.77 and 1.57 fouls per 90 with last three clubs.

Weghorst will be tasked with pressing and scrapping with two giants in Egan and Duffy to make the ball stick.

Football icon Josh Cullen 1+ fouls
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Cullen has committed a foul in 15 of his last 17 appearances for Ireland.

Cullen has committed nine fouls in four qualifying appearances.

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