The Netherlands will host Argentina in the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup.
The match will start at 7 p.m. GMT on Friday, 9 December 2022. The match venue is Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail.
Latest odds on betting sites
The Netherlands to win odds are priced at 3.80 (+280; American 16/5 Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 3.20 (+220; 11/5), while Argentina to win odds are priced at 2.30 (+130; 13/10)
The chances of the outcomes are as follows: Netherlands — 26%, draw — 31%, Argentina — 43%.
Latest betting odds on Netherlands vs Argentina (9 December 2022):
- Over 2.5 goals — 2.50 (+150; 3/2)
- Under 2.5 goals — 1.60 (-167; 3/5)
- Asian handicap (-0.25) on the Netherlands — 2.30 (+130; 13/10)
- Asian handicap (+0.25) on Argentina — 1.60 (-167; 3/5)
- Both teams to score (Yes) — 2.10 (+110; 11/10)
- Both teams to score (No) — 2.00 (+100; 1/1)
Match preview and statistics
The Netherlands were impressive in the Round of 16 as they got a 3-1 win over the USA at the Khalifa International Stadium. The USA started the game so well that the Netherlands were unable to play out in the first few minutes. Memphis Depay opened the scoreline with their first chance of the game with a one-time finish from the edge of the box into the bottom-left corner.
Daley Blind doubled their lead in the 46th minute with a similar goal as he slotted the ball into the bottom corner after another cut-back from Dumfries. Haji Wright pulled one back in the 76th minute with a nice finish into the net. Denzel Dumfries got his goal in the 81st minute as he fired the ball into the bottom-left corner.
The Netherlands created three big chances with 1.67 expected goals. They had 11 shots with six being on target. The Netherlands completed 315 passes and had four corners. They made use of the width of the pitch during the game as they scored two goals from a nice cutback from Dumfries. The Netherlands were able to use their full-backup high on the pitch to cause problems for the opposition's defence.
The Netherlands team news: All players are fit and available.
Argentina got a 2-1 win over Australia in the Round of 16 at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium. Lionel Messi opened the scoreline in the 35th minute with a sweet hit into the bottom-left corner. Julian Alvarez levelled the scoreline in the 57th minute as he slotted the ball into the net after the keeper was dispossessed.
Australia pulled one back in the 77th minute after Goodwin’s hit was deflected into the net. Argentina dominated the majority of the game but conceded a big chance in the last minute with Martinex making a big save to ensure they qualified for the quarter-finals. Argentina created four big chances in the game with 1.69 expected goals. They had 14 shots with five being on target.
Argentina has been brilliant in their recent games but the overdependence on Lionel Messi is an issue. In games where Messi has been man marked they find it difficult to create chances or score goals. The defence has been decent but the full-backs haven't been brilliant as the Netherlands love to play high with their fullbacks.
Argentina team news: All players are fit and available.
Netherlands vs Argentina H2H
The last game between both sides ended 0-0 with Argentina winning on penalties.
Projected lineups and key players
Netherlands projected starting lineup:
- Remko Pasveer
- Jurrien Timber
- Virgil van Dijk
- Nathan Ake
- Denzel Dumfries
- Frenkie de Jong
- Teun Koopmeiners
- Daley Blind
- Cody Gakpo
- Steven Bergwijn
- Memphis Depay
Denzel Dumfries won the man of the match award against the USA after an impressive display. The Netherlands international scored one goal in the game while providing two assists. Dumfries created two chances with eight passes into the final third.
Argentina projected starting lineup:
- Emi Martinez
- Nahuel Molina
- Cristian Romero
- Nicolas Otamendi
- Marcos Acuna
- Rodrigo De Paul
- Leandro Paredes
- Lionel Messi
- Angel Di Maria
- Lautaro Martinez
- Julian Alvarez
Lionel Messi scored an outstanding goal in a 2-1 win over Australia. Messi won the man of the match award after a top performance. The forward created the most chances in the game (4). The Argentine forward has scored the most goals in the country’s history (93). Messi has scored three goals in the World Cup while providing an assist.
Predictions and betting tips
Argentina has been brilliant this World Cup after they lost their opening game to Saudi Arabia. They have won two of their last two games. Argentina has scored a goal in 10 of their last 10 games in all competitions. The Netherlands has scored a goal in 10 of their last 10 games in all competitions. I predict both teams to score and Argentina to win.
Lionel Messi has been brilliant this World Cup as he dropped one of the best performances in the World Cup against Australia. The Argentina international has scored three goals in the World Cup, overperforming his expected goals of 2.79. Messi has provided one assist in the tournament. I predict Messi will score.
Betting prediction: Both teams to score and Argentina to win
Odds: 2.00 (+100 American; 1/1 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Lionel Messi to score anytime
Odds: 2.30 (+130 American; 13/10 Fractional)
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