Netherlands v Chile: Expert v Expert Preview


Both the Netherlands  and Chile  are playing for the right to avoid Brazil in the second round as the remarkable Group B comes to an end. Mohamed Moallim and Joel Sked give us their expert previews on the clash.

TEAM NEWS

Mohamed Moallim on the Netherlands: The Netherlands will don their famous orange shirts but skipper Robin van Persie (suspended) won't be leading them out. Another, possible, absentee is Bruno Martins Indi – the defender sustained a concussion in Oranje's narrow win over Australia. It remains to be seen which formation, 5-3-2 or 4-3-3, Louis van Gaal deploys. If he adopts the latter then the expectation is that two of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Memphis Depay and Jeremain Lens starts alongside Arjen Robben in the Dutch forward-line.

Joel Sked on Chile: Arturo Vidal, Charles Aránguiz and Mauricio Isla all missed training on Friday. However for Vidal and Aránguiz it was only precautionary after picking up knocks in the game against Spain, while Isla was sent for a scan but was given the all clear. The only question mark over the team against Netherlands is whether Jorge Sampaoli will risk Aránguiz, Eugenio Mena and Vidal, who are all one booking away from missing the second round game. Felipe Gutiérrez, Jean Beausejour and Jorge Valdivia would replace the trio respectively but Jorge Sampaoli wants to top the group and is likely to send the same team out which defeated Spain.

FORM

Mohamed Moallim: They say a sign of a good team is having the ability to win despite playing far below their usual standards; which describes Oranje's win over an industrious Australia side, they weren't free-flowing or commanding, but by hook or by crook got three valuable points. In the end it hinged on one substitution: Martins Indi, injured, replaced by Depay; only by switching to 4-3-3 – after starting in a 5-3-2 – did they really start to grab a foothold of the game, the PSV winger turned the game in favour of Oranje first assisting Van Persie for the equaliser then scoring the winner.

Joel Sked: Chile come into the game after recording an historic win over Spain in what was arguably their finest performance under Sampaoli. It wasn't quite the anarchic non-stop attacking which is expected from La Roja but it was the most balanced. It was a performance that suggested Chile could win this tournament. After all it is playing into the hands of teams who can attack and have plenty of energy, something Chile have in abundance. This will be the first meeting between the two sides as they look to finish top and avoid Brazil in the second round. La Roja will like their chances against the defence of the Netherlands.

WHAT THE MANAGER SAYS

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal: "They (Chile) have very dangerous players, and always play an attacking, pressing style, I like that. It shall be very difficult but we have confidence."

Chile’s Jorge Sampaoli: “It makes me proud to be in front of this group of players. I don't know if it [Spain] is the best win, I always think that it will be the one that comes next.” 

KEY MAN

 

Mohamed Moallim: One of the more important roles under Van Gaal is that of the 'number six', currently occupied by Nigel de Jong, against the high-intensity Chileans it becomes even more so. De Jong, who was the Netherlands' star man in their duel with Australia, will be tasked with breaking their attacks – winning possession via good positional sense, interception, or through a well-timed tackle – and recycling possession. Its imperative Oranje keep the ball well. 

Joel Sked: Chile will likely play with a back three with Gary Medel in the centre after a phenomenal performance against Diego Costa. With Robin Van Persie out, Arjen Robben will be by far the biggest danger. Gonzalo Jara compared defending against Robben as similar to defending against Lionel Messi. The Bayern Munich man is playing more centrally for the national team so should come face to face with the snarling Medel. If the Cardiff City man can put in a similar performance as the one against Spain La Roja's chances of winning will increase exponentially. 

BEST BET

Mohamed Moallim: The Netherlands, if anything, have been entertaining and good value for money: so far the joint leading goal scorers with France (8). It's been a game of two halves for Oranje with 75% of their goals coming in the second half, they are priced at 3.55 to score in both halves. Chile, have yet to concede in the final 45 minutes, but you wouldn't put it past the Dutch from doing so.

Joel Sked: Chile have scored five goals and the Netherlands have scored eight. Also, this World Cup; there's goals everywhere. Chile have scored in the first half of both games and conceded in one. The Dutch have scored and conceded in both first halves so far. Both teams to score in the first half at 4.00 is a great price for what is sure to be another open encounter.

SCORE PREDICTION

Mohamed Moallim: Netherlands 2-1 Chile at 10.50.

Joel Sked: Netherlands 2-2 Chile at 12.00.

 

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