Hello and welcome to the live blog for Netherlands vs USA, FIFA World Cup 2022, Round OF 16 match at the Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar.
It has been a feverish World Cup since matchday one, but as we move onto the knockouts, the drama level is going to soar. Netherlands will face off against the United States in the first round of 16 clash. Both teams have been undefeated so far so this matchup is the perfect one to kick off the knockouts.
Netherlands advanced to the knockout stages after defeating Qatar and Senegal. Pulisic and his team will need to be on the lookout to find space between their defence. They look really compact and their defence organisation is really tough to crack. USA have already shown their mettle against England and will hope to continue their good run against the Netherlands.
Netherlands form (all comps): W-W-W-D-W
USA form (all comps): L-D-D-D-W
Players to Watch
Christian Pulisic has been a man on a mission so far in the tournament. The Chelsea star scored the winning goal against Iran in the last game to help USA escape past the group stage. Against a tougher opponent like the Netherlands, Pulisic is going to be the key player for the USA and their biggest hope.
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Frenkie de Jong
Cody Gakpo has been the star man for the Dutch team so far in the tournament. However, it has been Frenkie de Jong who has been the real unsung hero of Netherlands’ success. He has been brilliant in midfield and helps them to control the game from the back.
Netherlands predicted lineup (3-4-1-2)
Noppert, Timber, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, De Roon, F. De Jong, Blind, Klaassen, Gakpo, Depay
USA predicted lineup (4-3-3)
Turner, Dest, Carter-Vickers, Ream, Robinson, McKennie, Adams, Musah, Weah, Sargent, Pulisic
Head to Head stats
Netherlands dominate the head to head record. Both sides have met five times, and Netherlands have won four times
Played – 5
Netherlands – 4
Drawn – 0
USA – 1
Netherlands vs USA Prediction
Netherlands are having a really good campaign so far and are really strong going this round of 16 clash. Although, you can’t rule out USA but Netherlands are favorites to win
Prediction: Netherlands 2-1 USA
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