The Netherlands are looking to maintain their perfect record against Latvia over the years when the Oranje head to the Daugava Stadium in Riga on Friday. They may be coming up against the 11 Wolves, but the Dutch are fully expected to feast on their hosts and take the three points back to Holland with them.
Where and when: Daugava Stadium – 8 October, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Latvia vs. Netherlands: Sky Sports
Last time: Steven Berghuis and Luuk de Jong scored either side of half-time as the Netherlands beat Latvia 2-0 at the Johann Cruyff Arena in late March.
Latvia v Netherlands Predictions and Preview
The Netherlands and Latvia have played each other four times over the years, with their first meeting in 2004. Holland have won all four matches without conceding a single goal, scoring 13 goals themselves at the other end.
Anything other than an away win this weekend would constitute a major shock. The Netherlands should be more solid and composed with Louis van Gaal back in charge for a third spell as national team manager, and he is unbeaten through the early stages of his latest reign.
Holland drew 1-1 away with Norway in Van Gaal’s first game back last month, before beating Montenegro 4-0 and Turkey 6-1 in their two subsequent home matches. That leaves the Oranje top of Group G from Norway courtesy of their superior goal difference, with four wins, one draw and one defeat from six fixtures.
Latvia come into this game second from bottom, with only pointless Gibraltar below the 11 Wolves. Dainis Kazakevics’ side beat Gibraltar 3-1 at home for their only victory so far, although they did draw 3-3 away to Turkey and also managed a 0-0 draw in Montenegro.
Another stalemate for the Latvians against the Dutch would be a monumental result in their history. They are 12/1 to get one in this Latvia v Netherlands preview, with a 0-0 priced at 37/1, while a shock home win is out at 40/1. The visitors are the obvious pick at 1/10, but the outright market represents little value here.
As such, we’re backing Holland to maintain their perfect record against Latvia by beating the minnows to nil once again. That’s priced at 4/7 in the latest odds for this game, while betting against a straight both teams to score outcome is also 4/7 and therefore provides better value in case the Dutch don’t manage to find the target themselves.
One to watch for Latvia: Veteran goalkeeper Pavels Steinbors is expected to return between the sticks in this game. His performance will be crucial in deciding Latvia’s fate. If he can keep a clean sheet at 20/1 in these Latvia v Netherlands predictions, the hosts will be more than delighted to claim at least a draw.
One to watch for Netherlands: Memphis Depay has been one of Barcelona’s few bright sparks so far this season. He has 33 goals in 71 appearances for Holland, including 12 in his last 10 with five of those coming in his last two matches, and is 3/1 to break the deadlock on Friday.
Long shot: The Netherlands have scored 13 goals in their four previous matches against Latvia, at an average of 3.25 per game. The visitors are 11/2 to win 3-0 in these Latvia v Holland tips, rising to 23/1 if you add Depay as the opening goalscorer.