​Northern Ireland host the Netherlands in a must-win game for both sides as they aim to qualify for Euro 2020. 


The Green and White Army face the unenviable task of needing to get results from games against Holland and Germany to progress to next year's championships, but can still qualify through a playoff next year. If Ronald Koeman's side claim victory, and the Germans win at home to Belarus, then both will qualify.



However, Northern Ireland will take hope from their near smash and grab performance last time out in Rotterdam, when only injury time goals from Luuk de Jong and Memphis Depay gave the Oranje the win.


Boss Michael O'Neill confirmed that he will stay on as Northern Ireland boss for the remainder of the qualification process despite being ​appointed Stoke City manager, and he'll be looking to go out with a good result over an improving Dutch side in one of his last games.


Here's 90min's preview for the game...


Where to Watch

When Is Kick Off?Friday 16th November
What Time Is Kick Off?19:45 (BST)
Where Is it Played?Windsor Park
TV Channel/Live Stream?Sky Sports Football
Referee?Szymon Marciniak

Team News

Memphis Depay

Northern Ireland have no injury concerns or suspensions ahead of this qualification six pointer, and will most likely field a similar team to the one that started in Rotterdam.


This means that Hull City striker Josh Magennis will have to start on the bench again, despite scoring in last month's fixture​.


Holland, on the other hand, have injury concerns for key for forwards Memphis Depay and Donyell Malen who will both probably miss out. Former Manchester United winger Depay has been his country's top scorer throughout this qualification process, and will be a big miss.


PSV winger Steven Bergwijn and ​Brighton midfielder Davy Propper are also unlikely to make it due to injury.


Predicted Lineups

Northern IrelandPeacock-Farrell; McLaughlin, Cathcart, J Evans, Dallas; McNair, Davis, Saville; C Evans, McGinn, Lafferty.
NetherlandsCillessen; Veltman, Van Dijk, De Ligt, Blind; Van de Beek, Wijnaldum, F de Jong; Babel, L de Jong, Promes.

Head to Head Record

Paddy Mcnair

In the seven meetings between these sides Northern Ireland have only won once​, and that was all the way back in 1965.


Since then the Netherlands have more or less dominated winning four matches - one by a 6-0 scoreline as recently as 2012.


There have been two draws between these sides, but again you'd have to go a long way back to find one with the last tie having come in 1976.


Recent Form

Bailey Peacock-Farrell

To be in a position where they can still qualify from a group containing former European and world champions shows how good Northern Ireland have been this campaign.


They won every other game in the pool to give themselves the best possible chance of progressing to Euro 2020. Whether it will be enough however, remains to be seen.


Under Ronald Koeman the Netherlands have been one of the rising stars in international football, reaching the Nations League final despite a group containing the two previous world champions France and Germany.


They have kept up their good form in this qualification group and currently sit top ahead of their arch rivals. Qualifying above them adds an extra incentive to win on Saturday.


Here's how the two have fared in their last five matches...


Northern IrelandNetherlands
Czech Republic 2-3 Northern Ireland (14/10)Belarus 1-2 Netherlands (13/10)
Netherlands 3-1 Northern Ireland (10/10)Netherlands 3-1 Northern Ireland (10/10)
Northern Ireland 0-2 Germany (9/9)Estonia 0-4 Northern Ireland (9/9)
Northern Ireland 1-0 Luxembourg (5/9)Germany 2-4 Netherlands (6/9)
Belarus 0-1 Northern Ireland (11/6)Portugal 1-0 Netherlands (9/6)

Prediction

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Despite a valiant effort in putting themselves in a position where they are able to qualify at this stage Northern Ireland will probably just come up short against a quality Netherlands side.


However, no Memphis Depay could be a deciding factor in what will be a very tight affair at Windsor Park


Prediction: Northern Ireland 0-1 Netherlands