On Saturday, December 3, as part of the 1/8 finals of the 2022 World Cup, the Dutch team will play against the US national team. The meeting is scheduled to start at 15:00 GMT.
World Cup 2022
The Netherlands national team was considered the unconditional favorite of its group, where it happened to compete with Qatar, Ecuador and Senegal.
In the first round, the team met with Senegal, where they got a victory with a score (2-0) quite confident in terms of the score.
In the second round, the Netherlands did not win, as Ecuador survived (1-1). Despite the fact that they still managed to score with efforts, the Ecuadorians managed to score a goal and practically did not concede in the game.
In the last match of the group, the Netherlands had no problems with Qatar, scoring a goal in each of the halves, the team brought the matter to a confident victory (2-0), which guaranteed the victory in the group.
The US team ended up in the same group with England, Iran and Wales, where it was considered the main contender for a second ticket to the playoffs.
In the first round, the team met with Wales and gave an excellent starting half, as a result of which they had an advantage of one goal. However, in the second half the team was passive – the result was a draw (1-1).
Against England, the United States again looked brilliant in the first half – they had many chances at the opponent’s goal, but could not convert them. In the second half, the United States played more calmly and ended the meeting in a draw (0-0).
The loss of points in the duel with Iran in the last round threatened to leave the tournament. But they managed to beat the Iranians thanks to the only goal scored by Pulisic.
Players to watch
Cody Gakpo has scored an impressive five times in the last six matches for the Netherlands, opening the scoring in his last four caps.
The key US player is Christian Pulisic and three of his last four goals for the US have been firsts.
Head to Head
The Netherlands have a strong record against the USA and the team has won four of the five matches played between the two teams, as opposed to one victory for the USA.
The Netherlands are unbeaten in their last 10 World Cup games under Louis van Gaal and have kept clean sheets in five of their last six such matches.
|Netherlands win 2.08||Draw 3.45||USA win 4.30|
The Dutch national team did not reveal its full potential in the group stage – with the exception of the match against Qatar, where the team was significantly superior in the opponent’s class.
At the same time, the Dutch are quite stable and know how to get results even with not the best game. In the confrontation with the United States, the Netherlands are the favorites and will certainly justify their status.
Prediction for this match: Netherlands win and both teams to score.