Friday, June 5, 2009

With Scotland having a little rest from international duties till next season, tomorrow's World Cup qualifiers have slipped a little bit under the radar.

The Group 9 matches on Saturday and next Wednesday though could hold some big implications for Scotland's potential qualification to the playoffs and a lot of our hopes hang in the hands of runaway group leaders Holland.

To keep on track, we need the Dutch to stay strong and their away game in Iceland tomorrow is huge for us. If the Icemen were to take anything from that match, then it would not only be a shock but a huge potential blow to Scotland.

Likewise, on Wednesday, a Dutch win at home to Norway would dent the hopes of who could very well be the dark horses in the group.

Norway may be sitting bottom at present but with two games in hand, a brace of wins would see them leapfrog the Scots into second place in the group.

Holland can wrap up qualification from these two games and I'm pretty sure that they won't be taking their foot off the pedal but with such a long season behind the players, anything could happen.

Let's just hope that the Dutch can take some inspiration from their cricketing counterparts in the 20-20 World Cup today, who pulled off a huge win against hosts England, and make it a sporting week to remember for the Orange hordes.
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