FIFA World Cup 2022 Round of 16 : Netherlands vs USA Match Preview and Lineups

Netherlands vs USA
GAME Netherlands vs USA
DATE 03/12/2022
TIME 08:30 PM (Indian Standard Time)
ARENA Khalifa International Stadium
LEAGUE FIFA World Cup 2022
Netherlands [3-1] USA

Match Preview of Netherlands vs USA

The Netherlands and the USA will commence the World Cup 2022 last-16 phase when they lock horns at the Khalifa International Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Louis van Gaal's side topped Group A to secure their passage into the knockout stages, while the Stars and Stripes placed second in Group B behind England.

A minor blip against Ecuador proved to be nothing more than a minor blip for the Netherlands, who were widely expected to advance to the last 16 as Group A winners and did not let the Oranje faithful down, taking seven points from their three matches.

Breakout star Cody Gakpo became just the fourth man in Netherlands history to score in three successive World Cup matches with his well-taken opener against Qatar on Tuesday, and Frenkie de Jong also got in on the act with a tap-in to confirm a first-placed finish and leave the hosts winless and pointless on their way to the exit door.

Concerns have arisen over the Netherlands' style of play at this World Cup, with Oranje only having eight shots on target so far, but Van Gaal has dismissed such worries as the 2010 runners-up prepare to tackle the World Cup knockout rounds once again.

By topping Group A, the Netherlands kept up their remarkable streak of progressing to the last 16 in every World Cup they have played in since 1934, and they have only been eliminated at this stage twice in the past 32 years - once in 1990 and then again in 2006.

Since their Euro 2020 elimination at the hands of the Czech Republic, the Netherlands have strung together an impressive 18-game unbeaten streak in all competitions, and Van Gaal is now out to record an 11th World Cup game without defeat - going level with second-placed Mario Zagallo and one behind the all-time record of 12 held by Felipe Scolari.

By putting his body on the line for the team and picking up an injury that required hospitalization, USA talisman Christian Pulisic sent his side through to the knockout stages of football's most prestigious event with the only goal of the game in their final Group B clash with Iran.

That winner-takes-all showdown was settled when Pulisic darted into space to finish from close range in the 38th minute, allowing Gregg Berhalter's side to leapfrog Iran into second place behind England and set up a tantalizing clash with the Dutch.

Our Predicted Lineups

Netherlands possible starting lineup:Noppert; Timber, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, De Roon, F. De Jong, Blind; Klaassen; Gakpo, Depay

USA possible starting lineup: starting lineup:Turner; Dest, Carter-Vickers, Ream, Robinson; McKennie, Adams, Musah; Weah, Sargent, Pulisic

Who will win the match?

We say: Netherlands 2-0 USA. The Netherlands may not work the goalkeeper that much - as evidenced by their lack of shots on target - but the ruthlessness of Gakpo and the rest of Van Gaal's crop still makes them a highly formidable foe. A stellar defensive record will also come in handy for the Dutch, and with the USA potentially having the likes of McKennie and Pulisic not quite at full fitness, we can only envisage Oranje marching on to the quarter-finals.

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