Preview: Netherlands vs. Georgia

Preview: Netherlands vs. Georgia

The Netherlands will complete their preparations for Euro 2020 with a friendly against Georgia at De Grolsch Veste in Enschede on Sunday evening.

Frank de Boer’s side played out a 2-2 draw with Scotland in their last match on Wednesday, while Georgia will enter the contest off the back of a morale-boosting 2-1 success away to Romania.

Memphis Depay scored twice for the Netherlands in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Scotland, and it would be fair to say that it was a far from convincing performance from De Boer’s side.

It is difficult to know exactly what to expect from Holland at Euro 2020, but it would be a huge shock if they failed to reach the knockout rounds considering the strength of their group.

Indeed, the Netherlands have been placed in Group C alongside Austria, North Macedonia and Ukraine, and Oranje should have enough to reach the knockout stage of the competition for the first time since 2008.

Holland were victorious at Euro 1988 and have also finished third on four occasions – 1976, 1992, 2000 and 2004 – but they famously failed to qualify for Euro 2016 and went out in the group stages of Euro 2012, meaning that it has been an underwhelming period for the nation at this level.

De Boer will be looking for a morale-boosting win over Georgia on Sunday before his side open their Euro 2020 campaign against Ukraine in Amsterdam on June 13.

Georgia, as mentioned, will be in a confident mood heading into this encounter, as they recorded a 2-1 win over Romania on Wednesday evening courtesy of goals from Georges Mikautadze and Giorgi Aburjania.

The Crusaders have never qualified for the finals of a European Championship, so it was not a surprise when they failed to progress to the finals of the 2020 competition.

Georgia suffered a 1-0 defeat to North Macedonia in the final of the playoffs in November, but they do appear to be heading firmly in the right direction, having given Sweden and Spain tough matches this year in their 2022 World Cup qualification section, in addition to drawing 1-1 with Greece.

Willy Sagnol’s side will be hoping to make it back-to-back wins on Sunday in their first ever match with the Netherlands before turning their attention to their next competitive match against Kosovo in September.

Netherlands International Friendlies form:
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Netherlands form (all competitions):
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Georgia International Friendlies form:
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Georgia form (all competitions):
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