Qualifying for the 2020 European Championships gets underway on Thursday and there are some intriguing fixtures taking place with the Netherlands, Croatia and Belgium all in action.
The Netherlands are enjoying a big revival since manager Ronald Koeman was appointed in February last year and they will be confident of getting the better of Belarus in Rotterdam.
Since the former Everton boss took over, the Dutch managed to win their Nations League group – that included world champions France and Germany – and the Oranje are on a four-game unbeaten run.
Belarus also managed to win the NL group, finishing ahead of Luxembourg, Moldova and San Marino, but they will require a big improvement to beat a much higher calibre opponent.
The Netherlands, who take on England in the Nations League semi-final this summer, are firm 1/7 favourites to win their Group C opener, while a draw is priced at 8/1 and the visitors are massive 20/1 outsiders.
Over in Group E, Croatia get their campaign started with a clash against Azerbaijan at Stadion Maksimir. The 2018 World Cup finalists are unbeaten in their last four home matches and are 1/10 to pick up all three points on Thursday evening.
Azerbaijan were thumped 4-0 by Kosovo last time out and have never defeated Croatia in two previous attempts, losing 6-0 in 2014 before drawing 0-0 the following year.
Finally, to round-up Thursday’s big fixtures, Belgium face a difficult challenge in their Group I opener as they welcome Russia to the Stade Roi Baudouin for an intriguing encounter.
The Red Devils were beaten to top spot in their NL group by Switzerland, a heavy 5-2 defeat to the Swiss proving decisive, and Roberto Martinez’s men are without Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku due to a foot injury.
Russia have lost their last two matches away from home – against Germany and Sweden – but they showed at the World Cup they are capable of turning up on the day, having knocked out Spain on their way to the quarter-finals.
Odds subject to change.