Netherlands vs. Romania, 2014 World Cup qualifying: Preview and TV schedule

Ian Walton

The Netherlands will bid to maintain control of Group D by beating Romania, while the hosts are in a three-way struggle for second place.

The Netherlands may be comfortably top in Group D, but they cannot afford complacency against a Romania side that can be highly dangerous.

The visitors themselves are in a battle with Hungary for second place, and although Turkey are lagging behind in fourth, they have underachieved thus far and could put on a late spurt to take the second spot.

Encouragement for Romania will come in the form of some injuries to key Dutch players, with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar out injured along with Galatasaray's Wesley Sneijder. Tim Krul is also absent, so Kenneth Vermeer, Rafael van der Vaart and Jeremain Lens are all likely starters.

Romania have injuries of their own, however - Ciprian Marica is unavailable, and Dorin Goian is also suspended, which will make a difficult task even tougher.

Match Date\Time: 8:30 p.m. local, 7:30 p.m. UTC, 3:30 p.m. ET

Venue: Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

TV: Sportsnet World (Canada), SBS 6 (Netherlands), TVR 1 (Romania)

Online: ESPN3 (U.S.)

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