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Injuryriddled Holland ready to take on Finland in Euro 2012 qualifying – SportsUntapped.com
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Added September 6th, 2010 by Ian

Injury-riddled Holland ready to take on Finland in Euro 2012 qualifying
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Holland’s confidence should be sky high after a 5-0 win over San Marino in the team’s opening Group E game in Euro 2012 qualifying on Sept. 3. Dutch manager Bert van Marwijk’s team will be facing a tougher test though when it takes on Finland at home on Sept. 7. However, while the game might be tougher for Holland, the odds are stacked against Finland as they haven’t beaten the Oranje for 60 years. The job will also be harder as Finnish captain Sami Hyypia will miss the game due to suspension.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar led the way against San Marino with a hat trick while call- up Ruud van Nistelrooy came on as substitute and added a goal in the last minute. It was his first international game in two years and his 34th goal for Holland, good for fourth place on the Dutch all-time scoring list.

The Dutch squad is solid all the way through with midfielder Wesley Sneijder among the best players in the world. However, the team is missing a couple of other standouts in Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben and Dirk Kuyt and Khalid Boulahrouz are also injured, but John Heitinga is ready to return from suspension. Huntelaar should be up front again and now’s a great time for him to shine with the other forwards being injured. Jeremain Lens or van Nistelrooy may start with him.

Finland got off to a terrible start in the Euro qualifiers with a 2-0 loss in Moldova. Hyypia didn’t help matters as he was sent off in the game. However, there’s a bit of good news for manager Stuart Baxter as Teemu Tainio and Joonas Kolkka should be back to add some experience to the squad. Forwards Jari Litmanen and Mikael Forssell will need to provide some offence.

In 12 meetings between the two sides, Holland has won nine, drawn two and lost just the one game. The last two times they met were back in the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign in 2004 with Holland winning 3-1 at home in Amsterdam and 4-0 in Helsinki in 2005. Finland’s lone win against Holland was by a a 4-1 score in a home friendly way back in 1950.

Even without van Persie, Kuyt, and Robben, Holland should still have enough talent to win this game by at least a couple of goals.

Sportsbook William Hill has the odds of a Dutch win listed at 1/9, with a victory for Finland at 25/1 and the odds of a draw at 7/1.

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