Ace Football previews the Group C match between North Macedonia and Netherlands in Euro 2020 and offers betting tips, odds, and predictions.
North Macedonia take on the Netherlands at the Johan Cruijff Arena. It is one of 12 matches in round 3 of the group stages at the Euro 2020 and takes place this Monday. The Macedonians enter the tournament as number 62 in the FIFA world rankings, thus signifying the gap between these teams as the Dutch come here with a ranking of number 16.
Judging by the prices from the bookmakers it would be a huge surprise to see North Macedonia lasting beyond Group C at the Euros. No other team at the competition can claim to be a bigger outsider in a monster of a group. The Lions went the hard way through the playoffs before booking a spot in Euro 2020 after failing to seal a place directly in the group stages.
Before the first match at the tournament, Netherlands are heavy favorites with the bookmakers to top their group. While not entirely convincing all the way through the qualifying, Frank de Boer’s side still booked a fairly secure 2nd place in the qualification group.
Stats and Analysis
It has so far been a disappointing tournament with two defeats for Macedonia, who will be eager to claim their first point at the Euros. The odds are heavily stacked against them in Amsterdam. But with nothing left to lose anymore, they can go all-out here without worry.
The Netherlands, on the other hand, have collected two wins from their first two outings at the Euro 2020 and need just a point to top Group C.
Stats and facts for Macedonia and Netherlands.
Fun stats Macedonia
- Macedonia has lost in the last 4 of 5 matches;
- Macedonia scored in the last 10 of 12 matches;
- Macedonia conceded in the last 10 of 12 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Macedonia’s last 4 of 6 matches.
Fun stats Netherlands
- Netherlands has won the last 3 matches in a row;
- Netherlands unbeaten the last 8 matches in a row;
- Netherlands unbeaten the last 5 matches in a row when playing away;
- Netherlands has won in the last 7 of 8 matches.
Macedonians looking for more.
Results have been pretty much up to scratch in recent matches for North Macedonia who have performed more or less according to expectations. The last 3 times Igor Angelovski’s side played out an international match they destroyed Kazakhstan by 4 goals, which was followed by a 3-1 defeat against Austria. Their most recent international served up a 2-1 defeat against Ukraine.
The Dutch continue to sparkle.
Netherlands keep brushing aside all resistance claiming yet another win to their collection last time out. The last 3 times the Oranje played out an international match they demolished Georgia in a 3-0 win, which was followed by a 3-2 win against Ukraine. Their most recent international served up a 2-0 win against Austria.
North Macedonia v Netherlands Fixture History
On 1 April 2009, these two nations went toe-to-toe against each other in their most previous meeting when the Netherlands ran away winners with a 4-0 scoreline.
North Macedonia have won 0%, while the Netherlands have won 50% of their last 4 encounters in the European Championship resulting in a total of 0-2-2.
Eljif Elmas hit the target 3 times in the last 6 internationals for Macedonia, and he will be hoping to expand on that tally here. The Netherlands are banking on Memphis Depay to bring his A-game to the table as he has been on target 6 times in 6 recent internationals.