After taking control of Group G during the last international break, the Netherlands now have two very winnable matches to come in October’s internationals, starting with a trip to Riga to face Latvia.
After the woeful reign of Frank de Boer came to an end, which saw them lose their opening qualifier to Turkey and then crash out of Euro 2020 in the last 16, Louis van Gaal has restored flair and confidence to the Dutch squad, shown by their brilliant results in the previous international break, a 6-1 win in the reverse fixture with Turkey being the highlight.
Those results have taken them top of the group and they face Latvia and Gibraltar during this international window, so qualification could be almost confirmed with their nearest rivals all playing each other. Latvia did improve somewhat in September, picking up four points from three games, and kept the score down to two against Norway, but the Dutch look a vastly better side than the one that beat them just 2-0 in March under de Boer.
Latvia have conceded 20 goals in 2021 while the Dutch scored 11 in their three internationals last month.