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Group E preview: Dutch target three in a row

Published: Wednesday 6 October 2010, 13.11CET
The Netherlands will bid to build on a perfect start to qualifying Group E when they travel to Moldova while Hungary host San Marino aiming for a second straight win.
Group E preview: Dutch target three in a row
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has already scored five times for the Netherlands in qualifying ©Getty Images
 
Published: Wednesday 6 October 2010, 13.11CET

Group E preview: Dutch target three in a row

The Netherlands will bid to build on a perfect start to qualifying Group E when they travel to Moldova while Hungary host San Marino aiming for a second straight win.

The Netherlands will be looking to maintain their perfect start in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group E when they travel to Moldova while Hungary entertain San Marino in Budapest boosted by last month's victory against Moldova.

Hungary v San Marino, Budapest
With Pál Lázár and Zoltán Lipták suspended, Hungary coach Sándor Egervári has taken the opportunity to freshen up his squad by including Under-21 defender Ádám Pintér for the first time and recalling Gábor Gyepes and Tamás Koltai. Hungary followed up their opening-game defeat by Sweden with a 2-1 home win over Moldova and Egervári will hope to build on that against a San Marino side who must do without their all-time leading scorer, the injured Andy Selva. San Marino are searching for their first point after defeats by the Netherlands and Sweden.

Moldova v Netherlands, Chisinau
Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk's decision to drop Nigel de Jong, combined with injuries to defender Vurnon Anita and midfielder Theo Janssen, has opened the door for Wout Brama and Urby Emanuelson to be added to the initial squad. Brama links up with Twente team-mate Peter Wisgerhof, who has been drafted for the first time. Eljero Elia, Hedwiges Maduro, Ron Vlaar, Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben miss out through injury as the Netherlands target a third straight win. Moldova impressed by overcoming Finland in their first match and though they lost to Hungary last time out, coach Gavril Balint expects a strong performance. "We have great respect for the Dutch but that doesn't mean we want to give them three points," he said.

A preview of the next set of fixtures in Group E on Tuesday – Finland v Hungary, Netherlands v Sweden, and San Marino v Moldova – will be published at the weekend.

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