On Friday night, Latvia host the Netherlands in what is their second meeting in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers for Qatar. At Present, the Dutch are top of Group G on 13 points, whilst Latvia have eight fewer in fifth place.
The last time these two sides met was back in March when Frank de Boer was manager, overseeing a 2-0 victory where Steven Berghuis and Luuk de Jong both got on the scoresheet. Since then, the Netherlands have re-appointed Louis van Gaal and their style and form has taken a turn for the better following their dramatic exit at the Round of 16 at Euro 2020 to the Czech Republic.
Under van Gaal, the Dutch have drawn 1-1 away at Norway, as well as beating Montenegro 4-0 and Turkey 6-1, with talismanic figure Memphis Depay scoring five goals in his last two outings for the Netherlands via a brace against Montenegro and a hattrick versus the Turks, taking his international goal tally to 30 in 70 matches.
Latvia aren’t expected to get anything from the match having managed one win from their last five which came against Gibraltar via a 3-1 scoreline. They have also been hammered 7-1 by Germany and soundly beaten 2-0 by Norway and have shown along the way that they can be awkward opponents, as they earned 3-3 and 0-0 draws with Turkey and Montenegro.