The Nations League draws to a close in Group A4 this Sunday, as the battle for a place in the Nations League Finals takes place. The Netherlands and Belgium can still mathematically reach the final four of the competition, but the advantage is firmly with the hosts coming into the final matchday.
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It has been a pulsating campaign in Group A4, but just two teams can still make the Nations League Finals coming into the final round of fixtures. The Netherlands currently hold the firm advantage coming into the last round of games, as the Dutch sit three points clear of Belgium, and has a three goal advantage should the deciding factor be goal difference.
The Netherlands have been excellent throughout the Group A4 fixtures, as they have picked up four wins and a draw from the five fixtures that they have played. They have scored the most goals with 13, and have allowed just six goals, which is also a group low coming into the final fixture.
The Dutch stayed on course to top the group on Thursday, as they beat Poland 2-0 on the road. Cody Gakpo opened the scoring after 13 minutes, before Steven Bergwijn doubled the advantage just after the hour mark.
However, Belgium will be aware that they are still in the hunt to top the group. They will need to win by at least two clear goals to snatch top spot on the final matchday. Roberto Martinez’s side has won three of the five games that they have played, but they have been held to one draw and have also been beaten once.
They stayed in the hunt for the top spot on Thursday evening, as they beat Wales 2-1 at home. Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring after ten minutes, before Michy Batshuayi doubled the lead 27 minutes later.
Netherlands vs Belgium Head to Head
These two nations are no strangers to one another, as they will meet for the 129th time this weekend. The Dutch have won on 56 occasions, while Belgium has picked up 41 victories. The Netherlands are unbeaten in three against Belgium, which includes a 4-1 victory in June.
Netherlands vs Belgium Prediction
This fixture should have a very open feel to it this weekend, as Belgium will need to chase a big win. However, we can’t see them being able to keep the Netherlands out, which means a Belgium win and both teams to score would be our play.
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