Van Bommel urges caution
Mark van Bommel has warned his team-mates not to underestimate Scotland on Saturday.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 27/03/09 1:07pm
Holland midfielder Mark van Bommel has warned his team-mates not to underestimate Scotland on Saturday.
The Dutch go into the game high on confidence having won all three of their World Cup qualifying games to date, propelling them to the top of Group Nine.
If the Oranje defeat the Scots and then Macedonia in midweek at the Amsterdam ArenA then they will set a new record for going seven games unbeaten in front of their own supporters.
Scotland's task is made even harder when you consider the Dutch have managed to avoid defeat in their last 17 World Cup qualifiers but the Bayern Munich ace is quick to point out that their opponents are capable of causing an upset.
"In the qualification rounds for Euro 2008, Scotland beat France in France," he said.
"That means that the team can organise very well and, at the same time, they have enough menace to score a goal.
"That makes Scotland a very dangerous opponent."
Dutch defender Joris Mathijsen agrees with his team-mate and adds that despite respecting Scotland the hosts must concentrate on their own performance.
"Of course we speak about the strong and weak points of opposing teams," the Hamburg defender told Omroep Brabant.
"But we must all look at ourselves. If we are in a good shape then we will win on Saturday."
Scotland currently sit second in the group, five points behind the leaders, with four points from three games and the 28-year-old believes that George Burley's men will set-up defensively and play for a draw.
"They will play with 10 men behind the ball," he added.
"It's quite logical. They haven't gained that many points yet, so they come here for a point."