European Championship Qualifier: Netherlands vs Kazakhstan match preview

A look ahead to Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier at PSV Stadium

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The Independent Online

The 2014 World Cup semi-finalists will be aiming to return to winning ways and make up for lost ground as they suffered a shock 2-1 defeat against Czech Republic in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier.

Since returning at the helm Guus Hiddink has failed to hit the ground running, so far enduring two straight defeats.

But playing at the PSV stadium has been a fortress for the Dutch over the years and they are currently unbeaten in 34 competitive fixtures at the stadium – this is another opportunity to extend their winning streak could come to fruition once more this Friday.

Kazakhstan will be entering the unknown mostly due to it being their first ever competitive encounter against the European giants.

They drew 0-0 with Latvia in their previous Group A qualifier but Friday’s formidable opponents will no doubt be out to atone last month’s misfortune against the Czech and replicate their sparkling form from the World Cup.

KICK-OFF: Friday, 7:45pm

STATS

This will be the first ever competitive match between Holland and Kazakhstan at senior level

Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink recorded a 3-0 away win and a 2-1 home victory against Kazakhstan during his time as Turkey coach.

Guus Hiddink’s men have won their last 17 competitive home matches, and have not lost in 34 competitive fixtures on home spoil (W31 D3) since a 2-0 loss to Portugal in a FIFA World Cup qualifier on 11 October 2000.

ODDS

Holland to win: 1.05

Kazakhstan: 41.0

Draw: 13.0

TV: Highlights on Sky Sports

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