On Saturday afternoon at the Khalifa International Stadium, the Netherlands and the USA will square off to start the World Cup 2022 last-16 stage. The Stars and Stripes finished second in Group B behind England while Louis van Gaal’s team won Group A to guarantee their place in the knockout rounds.
The Netherlands, who were widely predicted to top Group A and proceed to the round of 16, did not disappoint the Oranje fans, taking seven points from their three games, proving that their slight hiccup against Ecuador was nothing more than that. Rising star Cody Gakpo, who scored the opening goal against Qatar on Tuesday, is just the fourth player in Netherlands history to score in three straight World Cup games. Frenkie de Jong also contributed with a tap-in to ensure the win and send the hosts home empty-handed and without a point.
Lineups for the United States versus the Netherlands
Following the decision to allow talisman Christian Pulisic to play, the USA has received a major double boost ahead of their Round of 16 matchups. Additionally, Dutch manager Louis van Gaal disclosed that illness could interfere with his team’s preparations. Prior to Saturday’s match at the Khalifa International Stadium, several Oranje players are reportedly sick with the flu, with star Frenkie de Jong reportedly one among them.
Van Gaal clarified that no players had yet been ruled out in his pre-game press conference, saying, “We are not going to elaborate on that. However, if it spreads within the group, it is concerning. Not 15 or so, exactly. Everyone is available and healthy in theory.
USA expected a starting eleven of-
(4-3-3, right to left): 1. Turner (GK) — 2. Dest, 20. Carter-Vickers, 13. Ream, 5. Robinson — 6. Musah, 4. Adams, 8. McKennie — 21. Yeah, 7. Reyna, 10. Pulisic.
Injured: Josh Sargent (ankle)
Weston Mckenzie should also be available after overcoming a quad injury, and Christian Pulisic is healthy after recovering from the pelvic contusion that took him off against Iran.
While Josh Sargent is battling an ankle injury that could prevent him from playing, the Americans are less confident in his physical condition. That may indicate the debut of Gio Reyna, whose lack of a chance to shine has been the subject of heated discussion among US supporters.
The Netherlands expected a starting Eleven of-
Netherlands (5-3-2, right to left): 23. Noppert (GK) — 22. Dumfries, 2. Timber, 4. Van Dijk, 5. Ake,17. Blind — 15. De Roon, 21. De Jong, 14. Klaassen — 8. Gakpo, 10. Depay
USA vs. Netherlands Live Outline
|Team||Netherlands vs USA|
|Time||9 PM (BD), (15:00 GMT)|
|Venue||Khalifa International Stadium|
|Live Streaming||YouTube TV, Sling TV, Peacock TV, Fubo, and Vidgo|
Prediction: Netherlands 2-0 USA
Because of the toughness of Gakpo and the rest of Van Gaal’s team, the Netherlands is still a very tough enemy even though they don’t test the goalie very often (as shown by their paucity of shots on goal).
The Dutch will also benefit from having a strong defensive record, and with the possibility that the USA won’t have players as fully fit as McKennie and Pulisic, we can only imagine the Oranje moving on to the quarterfinals.