Netherlands vs USA
FIFA World Cup
Date: 3 December 2022, Saturday
Kick-off at 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: Khalifa International Stadium (Al-Rayyan).
The Netherlands and the United States will square off in the opening Round of 16 matchup on Saturday at the Khalifa International Stadium.
When they take the field in the Round of 16 against the USA, the Netherlands will be aiming for a spot in the quarterfinals without suffering a loss.
The Oranje grabbed the top spot in Group A with seven points, and Louis van Gaal will be pleased with how their season has turned out.
The Netherlands concluded their final match with a convincing victory over hosts Qatar, showing that their shaky performance against Ecuador was merely a small hiccup.
Cody Gakpo, who is aiming for a fourth goal against the USA, is just the third Dutch player to score in three straight World Cup games.
The Netherlands enter this match on a noteworthy run of 18 games without a loss following their elimination from Euro 2020 at the hands of the Czech Republic.
Furthermore, Louis van Gaal’s 10-game World Cup unbeaten streak is one game less than Mario Zagallo’s record and two games less than Luiz Felipe Scolari’s 12-game record for the tournament.
The USA will enter this match with a lot of confidence after their World Cup performances.
After drawing with Wales to start, they switched the scoreless contest with England.
Then, they defeated Iran 1-0 to conclude their group round matches.
They needed to beat their Asian rivals because a loss or tie would have eliminated them from the competition.
To earn three points and advance to the next round, Christian Pulisic’s goal was sufficient.
Since that World Cup in 2002, the USA has yet to defeat a European team, losing five and drawing six of its matches.
It was also their first victory in six games in all competitions when they defeated Iran.
The USA has lost four times in friendly matches to the Netherlands, which is not a good record.
But in their most recent encounter with the Oranje, the USA came from behind to win 4-3 in 2015.
Netherlands vs USA Head to head :
- The Netherlands did not shine offensively in the group stage
- USA allowed only one goal in their three group phase affairs
- There is no value in backing the Netherlands at the 1.95 odds here
Netherlands vs USA Prediction :
Recent games between the Netherlands and the USA were tense, but they were successful.
However, this match promises to be quite goal-filled, and both teams have the option of going all out.
The main strategy for these teams has been variety in the attack. In the Round of 16, they might break through.
In the group stage, the USA shown tenacity and the capacity to challenge even the most powerful teams.
The Netherlands are yet to encounter a genuine opponent in Qatar.
Given the caliber of players at Louis van Gaal’s disposal, the Oranje should defeat the USMNT and go to the quarterfinals.
Netherlands vs USA Team News :
Denzel Dumfries was always going to start on the right, even though Netherlands defender Jeremie Frimpong had an ankle injury scare on Wednesday before returning to full training on Thursday.
Van Gaal should therefore have all of his soldiers available, but if Matthijs de Ligt and Nathan Ake receive yellow cards now, they will miss any potential quarterfinal game.
In-demand PSV Eindhoven prodigy Gakpo hopes to become the first Dutchman to score in four straight World Cup games, thus an unchanged starting lineup for Oranje may be in the cards.
Josh Sargent was also lost due to an injured ankle, but the full degree of the damage won’t be known until the scan results are in.
Weston McKennie is also rumored to be battling with a quad problem, which will cause Berhalter yet another selection dilemma for the USA.
However, all three of the injured players are expected to be fit for the last-16 match, so Berhalter will likely try to stick with his starting lineup unless there are any last-minute concerns.
Netherlands possible starting lineup:
Noppert; Timber, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, De Roon, F. De Jong, Blind; Klaassen; Gakpo, Depay
USA possible starting lineup:
Turner; Dest, Carter-Vickers, Ream, Robinson; McKennie, Adams, Musah; Weah, Sargent, Pulisic