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Soccer – O’Neill talks up Oranje expectations

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill is hoping that the weight of expectation will hinder the Netherlands when the two sides meet in Rotterdam on Thursday evening. Having won four of five played so far in Group C, the Irish have made themselves a real threat to both the Dutch and Germany in the race to qualify for the European Championship finals next year. However, O'Neill is well aware of the improvements the Oranje have made in recent times, having fail to qualify for the 2016 Euros and the 2018 World Cup. He told Sky Sports News: "It is a team that is on the rise, but it is a team with a certain level of expectation because the Netherlands have not qualified for the last two tournaments. "This is a team that has the burden of trying to break that cycle." The Netherlands are 2/11 with bet365 to win the game on Thursday, with the draw priced at 7/1.

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