Will Holland qualify for the play-offs?

Last updated: October 9, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 5pm
Venue: Astana Arena
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DLLDD
Away form: LLWLW
Last meeting: 1-3
Competition: EC Qualification

A serious challenge faces Holland’s manager, Danny Blind – to finish in third place of Group A. With two consecutive defeats the Dutch players have almost lost their chance of taking part in The European Championship. The crucial game was their last match against fellow 3rd place seekers; Turkey. The Turkish team beat Holland 3-0 and this may cost the Clockwork Orange their qualifying position.

The visit to Kazakhstan is a must-win match; Blind is going to play his best players. Three days after this fixture, Holland will wrap up their Euro qualifying campaign with a home game against the Czech Republic. The venue for that match will be the Amsterdam Arena.

Kazakhstan have gained only two points in their European qualifying campaign and are complete underdogs for this match but the team has proved they are playing well in defense against stronger opponents. For example, The Hawks drew 0-0 against Iceland in their last match.

However, Holland will be hoping Turkey lose to the Czech Republic giving them a chance of participating in UEFA Euro 2016.

Team News

Holland’s squad is now down to 22 men, as Newcastle defender Daryl Janmaat is ruled out with a knee injury.

Ajax winger Anwar El-Ghazi has been called up to Holland’s squad for the first time. El-Ghazi is in top form, having scored 7 goals from 8 games for Ajax in The Eredivisie.

Blind has called up Feyenoord (winger) Eljiro Elia to replace Quincy Promes (Spartak Moscow) who is out of the squad due to a hamstring injury.

Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven), Rick Karsdorp (Feyenoord Rotterdam), Luciano Narsingh (PSV Eindhoven), Joël Veltman (Ajax Amsterdam) and Kenneth Vermeer (Feyenoord Rotterdam) have been dropped from the squad.

Quotes of the week

krasnozhan Yury Krasnozhan (Kazakhstan) : “We can dash the Netherlands’ hopes of qualifying.”

Tdanny blind Danny Blind (Holland) : “I try to select the best players, I do not know any coach who does not. The choices can always challenge you, but there are not preference.”

Expected line-ups:

Kazakhstan (4-2-3-1): Pokatilov, Smakov, Gorman, Maliy, Suyumbayev, Logvinenko, Nuserbayev, Konysbaev, Kuat, Islamkhan, Dzholchiev.
Subs Merkel, Shchetkin, Kuantayev, Beysebekov, Dosmagambetov, Akhmetov, Boychenko, Kukeyev, Khizhnichenko, Sidelnikov, Darabaev, Aytbaev.
Not available:
Holland (4-3-3): Cillessen, van der Wiel, Bruma, de Vrij, Riedewald, Sneijder, Blind, Klaassen, van Persie, Depay, El-Ghazi
Subs Wijnaldum, Lens, Krul, Kongolo, Tete, Afellay, Huntelaar, Zoet, van Dijk, Anita, Elia.
Not available:

So far this campaign

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Kazakhstan this campaign Holland this campaign
6 Table Position 4
0 (0) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (1)
Biggest win 6-0 vs. Latvia
1 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (0)
3 (3) (at home) Losses (away) 1 (3)
0-3 to Iceland Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Turkey
Logvinenko (3) Top scorer Huntelaar (4)
Shomko (1) Assist Leader Sneijder, van Persie, Blind (2)
Y17, R1 Discipline Y9, R1
4 Failures to score 3
2 Clean Sheets 2
4 Both Teams to Score Games 3
5 Over 2.5 Games 4
3 Under 2.5 Games 4
  • This will be the second match between the teams in their entire history. The first game ended with a Holland victory 3-1 at Amsterdam Arena.
  • Kazakhstan still hasn’t recorded a victory in Group A. The Hawks have lost 6 games so far and have recorded only two points, lying at the bottom of the table.
  • Holland’s qualifying ambitions depend on winning their last two matches against Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic. Even if the Dutch players achieve these two victories they can still finish in 4th place.
  • Holland have lost 3 from their last 4 away qualifying games. Their only win was against Latvia on 12th June 2015.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goalscorer
10/10/14 ECQ Holland 3-1 Kazakhstan Abdulin 17′