While the Netherlands would have been disappointed to lose out to Portugal in the UEFA Nations League final back in June, Ronald Koeman will be delighted that his side have already been able to shake off that defeat.
Facing Germany on away territory was a test of the team's character, regardless of the struggles of the 2014 world champions, but Oranje came through with flying colours as they recorded a 4-2 success.
The result effectively cancelled out their home defeat to Germany earlier in the campaign, and Koeman and his team know that maximum points from their remaining four qualifiers will be enough to guarantee their spot at Euro 2020.
That said, Koeman will be taking nothing for granted, especially against a Northern Ireland team who have shown that they can handle the pressure of avoiding any slip-ups in games which they knew that they had to win.
Despite the late triumphs on their travels against Estonia and Belarus, there was nothing eye-catching about the performances, but that is something which will not concern O'Neill.
The Irish boss is aware that his team are huge underdogs to achieve a top-two spot in Group C, although this group of players will relish the opportunity to play at De Kuip with the backup of the reverse fixture in Belfast to come next month.
While minimalising the damage at the back will likely be O'Neill's top priority, he will also acknowledge that his players have to find a way to get early goals of their own on the board, with the bizarre own goal from Luxembourg their only first-half contribution in four games.
Netherlands form: WLWLWW
Northern Ireland form: WWWWWL
Northern Ireland have been dealt a blow by the withdrawal of Norwich City left-back Jamal Lewis, who has sustained a knee injury.
Meanwhile, Koeman could potentially opt to name the same XI which began their last outing in Estonia.
Netherlands possible starting lineup: Cillessen; Veltman, Van Dijk, De Ligt, Blind; Propper, De Jong, Wijnaldum; Malen, Depay, Babel
Northern Ireland possible starting lineup: Peacock-Farrell; McLaughlin, Cathcart, J.Evans, Dallas; McNair, Davis, Saville; C.Evans, McGinn, Lafferty
We say: Netherlands 4-1 Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland will no doubt take the positives from their performance against Germany, but they will likely have to play even better here. However, we feel that their hosts will match them for desire before ultimately easing to victory over the 90 minutes.
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