Norway coach Egil Olsen is hoping the fact the Netherlands have already qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ will count in his side's favour when the teams meet in Rotterdam tonight.

Olsen's side head into the Group 9 qualifier at De Kuip bottom of the pool having collected only three points from their first four matches. However, the impressive Oranje - who secured their place in South Africa by beating Iceland 2-1 on Saturday - have dominated the group to such an extent there is little to separate the remaining teams in the battle for second spot and a likely play-off berth.

Scotland lie second on seven points, with FYR Macedonia and Iceland - who meet in Skopje tomorrow - three points back. The Norwegians are a point adrift at the bottom following their third qualifying draw, 0-0 in Macedonia at the weekend.

But Olsen's team, who have a game in hand on Macedonia and Scotland and two on Iceland, could move up to third tomorrow if they beat the Dutch and the other game ends in a draw.

He said: "I think it's a huge advantage for us that Holland have wrapped up the group and qualification. It won't be a crisis for us if we only get a point. We would still be in with a chance."

Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk has a fully-fit squad at his disposal, but will be without Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong, who is suspended after picking up a booking during Saturday's game in Reykjavik. Whoever wins between Macedonia and Iceland would move level on points with Scotland.