Following the group stage, the first playoff game brings Netherlands and USA together on the pitch. The Netherlands were the highest-positioned team in Group A, while the USA were runners-up in Group B.
Although not perfect, the Netherlands still took the leading position. In a very tough match, the USA successfully fended off Iran’s attacks, after which they ranked second to England. For more stats and odds, you can have a look at our Netherlands vs USA prediction.
Netherlands vs USA – Form and Team News
The Netherlands gained seven points in the group phase, which was enough for them to get hold of the first position. They won two games and tied one in total. In their last encounter against Qatar, the Dutch did not have to try their hardest. Instead, Oranje did just enough to take additional three points.
Specifically, the Dutch won against Qatar by 2:0. They held sway over the hosts of this tournament in almost all instances during the game. In other words, Oranje created more big chances, blocked more shots, and had more passes, many of which they completed successfully. Gakpo and Frankie de Jong were the goalscorers.
The USA started their journey by drawing two consecutive matches. Their opponents were Wales and England. In their last game, the Yanks beat Iran. It was after they met with Iran that the USA finally joined the Round of 16. One of the top players from the USA team, Pulisic, scored the only goal for the Yanks.
After allowing a goal, Iran had nothing to lose, so they started launching attacks one after another. They had several opportunities to score a goal, all of which were annulled. The match ended with both teams having almost identical ball possession rate (49%-51%). As for the other details, the USA took more corners (5-1) and free kicks (12-8), had more crosses (20-16) as well as throw-ins (22-21).
Netherlands vs USA – Starting Lineups
The likely absence of Christian Pulisic in the following game may be a nightmare for the USA. Considering the Netherlands, no players have been reported to miss this match by now.
- Netherlands: GK: Andries Noppert; DEF: Jurrien Timber, Virgil van Dijk, Denzel Dumfries, Nathan Ake, Daley Blind; MID: Steven Berghuis, Frenkie de Jong, Cody Gakpo; ATC: Memphis Depay, Steven Bergwijn.
- USA: GK: Matt Turner; DEF: Sergino Dest, Walker Zimmerman, Aaron Long, Antonee Robinson; MID: Yunus Musah, Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie; ATC: Timothy Weah, Josh Sargent, Brendan Aaronson.
Netherlands vs USA – Betting Tips
The Dutch squad is surely the one featuring more elite players. Plus, Oranje is more experienced in this competition in general. All this leads to the bookies putting the odds of 1.90 for the Netherlands to win.
We assume that both nations will enter this game with the intention of scoring as many goals as they can. Our Netherlands vs USA prediction believes that the 2 goals will be scored during the first half in total, at odds of 4.40. You can easily combine this market with the one suggesting that the first half will also be the highest-scoring half, with odds of 3.50.
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