Netherlands vs Argentina – Quarter-Finals : Prediction & Lineups
Netherlands vs Argentina – FIFA World Cup 2022 Quarter-Finals : Team News, lineups & prediction. In the World Cup quarterfinals on Friday night, the Netherlands take on Argentina, the Copa America champions from the previous season.
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Prior to defeating CONCACAF champions (USA) in the round of 16, Louis van Gaal’s team had already defeated the reigning champions of Africa (Senegal) and Asia (Qatar) at the agency level.
Argentina started the campaign by losing to the World Cup’s second-lowest-ranked nation (Saudi Arabia), but have improved ever since, displaying flashes of the confidence that let them go 36 games without losing before the competition against Australia in the round of 16.
Where are Netherlands vs Argentina playing?
Location : Al Daayen, Qatar
Stadium : Lusail Iconic Stadium
Date : Friday 9 December
Kick-off Time : 19:00 GMT / 14:00 ET / 11:00 PT
Netherlands vs Argentina H2H Results (All Time)
Netherlands : 4 Wins
Argentina : 3 Wins
Draws : 2 Wins
Current Form (Last 5 Games)
Netherlands : W W D W W
Argentina : W L W W W
Netherlands Team News
For his second World Cup quarterfinal as a manager, Van Gaal should have a fully fit roster available.
At halftime of the Netherlands’ second-round victory over the US, Steven Bergwijn took Davy Klaassen’s place, giving them a quick-footed front three. But only after the Dutch had already gotten off to a 2-0 lead and were free to solely play on the counter.
Netherlands Starting 11 (3-4-1-2) : Noppert; Timber, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, De Roon, F De Jong, Blind; Klaassen; Gakpo, Depay.
Bench : Bijlow, Pasveer, Frimpong, Malacia, De Ligt, De Vrij, Taylor, Koopmeiners, Berghuis, Bergwijn, Janssen, Lang, Simons, L De Jong, Weghorst.
Argentina Team News
In the first five minutes of the second half of Argentina’s triumph against Australia last weekend, Alejandro Gomez had to leave the game due to an ankle injury. While recovering from a thigh problem and ignoring the tie totally, Angel Di Maria is getting his strength back up.
Due to the Dutch preference for a 3-four-1-2, Lionel Scaloni replaced Gomez with Lisandro Martinez to form a lower back-three for the final 40 minutes of the match against Australia. He may now be tempted to employ a different system that he hardly ever employs.
Argentina Starting 11 (3-5-2) : E Martinez; Romero, Otamendi, Li Martinez; Molina, De Paul, Fernandez, Mac Allister, Acuna; Messi, Alvarez.
Bench : Armani, Rulli, Foyth, Tagliafico, Montiel, Paredes, Pezzella, Di Maria, Palacios, Correa, Almada, Rodriguez, Dybala.
Netherlands vs Argentina Score prediction
To Van Gaal’s dismay, the Dutch team’s approach has been criticised as “boring” at home, yet it has produced results. The 71-year-old manager ruthlessly exploited a weakness against the US, the space they provide along the flanks, and both wingbacks scored and assisted on goals.
Lionel Messi may be both Argentina’s greatest strength and the Netherlands’ target, according to Van Gaal, who said that Messi’s lack of defensive production is “where our chances lie.”
Eight years ago, when these countries faced off in the semifinals, Van Gaal’s team employed a similar system that was centred on causing pain to both opponents and spectators, and Messi was the driving force behind all of Argentina’s positive energy.
After 120 goalless minutes in Sao Paulo, Messi and company won on penalties, and they might have the advantage in another close game that could go either way.
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