World Cup 2014
Wenesday, June 18, 2014 at 17:00 GMT (13:00 Local time)
Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Australia vs Netherlands Preview
After great performance and victory over Spain, 5-1, the Netherlands has a chance to with win against Australia probably confirm top spot in the group, that should ensure avoiding Brazil in the Round of 16 of the World Cup. Australia has no great illusions about this match, but a victory is the only outcome that leaves the possibility of placement in the next phase of the competition.
Young Australian team has not grown into team that is able to be competitive with the opponents in their group, so they suffered a convincing defeat in the first game, 1-3 against Chile. However, they provided a solid resistance, and they conceded the third goal in the injury time. The problem of this team is that they have only one classical striker, Cahill, who scored the only goal against Chile. Be sure that they will not be attack-minded in the match against the Netherlands, but the Dutch will control only one attacker without any problems. However, Australian coach Ange Postecoglou has announced attacking approach to the game, as eventual defense throughout 90 minutes is not feasible, and only victory gives hope of passing in the next stage of the championship. Ivan Franjic, who assisted a goal, has got a hamstring injury, so McGowan will replace him in the starting line-up.
Probable line-up of Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan – Franjić, Wilkinson, McGowan, Davidson – Holland, Jedinak – Leckie, Vidošić, Oar – Cahill
The Netherlands has demonstrated the power in the game against the official world champion, the national team of Spain. A convincing victory, 5-1, almost guarantees the first place in the group, which increases their chances of a high ranking in the championship, considering that in this way the Netherlands will avoid the host in the round of 16. Although Australia is a much weaker opponent than Spain, the Netherlands will have to change something in their tactics, because unlike Spain the national team of Australia has tall defenders. I believe that Van Gaal will not change players, but only tactics, since the team of the Netherlands is a collective composed of exceptional professionals who are able to meet various requirements of the coach. However, it is possible that Lens obtains the advantage relative to Guzman due to his speed.
Probable line-up of Netherlands (3-4-1-2): Cillessen – de Vrij, Vlaar, Martins Indi – de Jong, Janmaat, De Jong, Lens, Blind – Sneijder – van Persie, Robben
Australia vs Netherlands Match Prediction
While many expect another debacle of the Netherlands’ opponent , I do not think it will happen this time, because Australia will have a completely different approach to the game. However, I believe that goals will be seen again, at least three. Over 3 Goals.