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North Macedonia vs Netherlands: Euros preview and predictions

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he Netherlands will look to head into the knockout stages at Euro 2020 boasting a 100 per cent record as they take on North Macedonia in Amsterdam on Monday evening.

Following a thrilling 3-2 opening win over Ukraine, Frank de Boer’s side sealed top spot in Group C and a place in the last 16 with a game to spare on Thursday night as goals from Memphis Depay and Denzel Dumfries secured a comfortable 2-0 defeat of Austria.

It is a very pleasing start to the Netherlands’ first major international tournament since 2014 and the Oranje will be heavily favoured to make it three wins out of three against North Macedonia next.

The debutants cannot hope to lift off the bottom of Group C after successive defeats by Austria and Ukraine, with the latter confirming their early Euros exit.

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Date, kick-off time and venue

North Macedonia vs Netherlands is scheduled for a 5pm BST kick-off on Monday, June 21, 2021.

Where to watch North Macedonia vs Netherlands

TV channel: Monday’s match will be televised on ITV for free, with Ukraine vs Austria available on ITV 4 with the final round of games in each group taking place concurrently.

Live stream: UK viewers will be able to watch both matches online via the ITV Hub.

North Macedonia vs Netherlands team news

With top spot in Group C already assured, De Boer could be tempted to make changes and rest some of his key players on Monday ahead of a last-16 tie against the third-placed side from one of Groups D, E or F in Budapest on Sunday, June 27.

The likes of Nathan Ake, Davy Klaassen, Ryan Gravenberch and Donyell Malen could all come in.

North Macedonia, meanwhile, are expected to be unchanged after a penalty from Leeds’ Ezgjan Alioski meant they pushed Ukraine all the way in Bucharest on Thursday.

North Macedonia vs Netherlands predicted lineups

North Macedonia XI: Dimitrievski; S Ristovski, Velkovski, Musliu, Nikolov, Ademi, Alioski, Bardi, Spirovski; Pandev, Elmas

Netherlands XI: Stekelenburg; Dumfries, De Ligt, Ake, Blind, Van Aanholt; Klaassen, Gravenberch, Wijnaldum; Depay, Malen

North Macedonia vs Netherlands prediction

North Macedonia have certainly not disgraced themselves on their major tournament debut by any means, but were always expected to lack the necessary quality – particularly in defence – to mount a genuine push for the knockout stages.

But spearheaded by the evergreen Goran Pandev, they showed against Ukraine that they are capable of making life uncomfortable for teams with higher ambitions.

That shouldn’t be the case here though, with the Netherlands brimming with confidence on home soil and eager to make up for lost time after failing to qualify for both Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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