Netherlands vs Chile – Winner bypasses Brazil in the next round

World Cup 2014
Group B
Monday, June 23, 2014 at 17:00 GMT (13:00 Local time)
Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo

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Although both teams have ensured the passage into the next round, this will not be a revue match, since the first place enables avoiding Brazil in the next stage of the competition. Mexico and Croatia are also awkward opponents, but Brazil is hosting the championship and that makes this team even stronger than it normally is. Therefore, this will be a great battle between two high quality teams, but the Netherlands has an advantage due to a better goal difference, so a draw is also satisfactory result for them.

A convincing victory against Spain in the first round of the Championship has raised the level of confidence of the Dutch players, but the above limits, so they looked relaxed in the next match, underestimating team of Australia. This relaxation gave an advantage to their opponent, showing the vulnerability of the Dutch team at the same time, which not enough strong team of Australia has not utilized by the end of the match. It has probably been a good warning to van Gaal and his players that there are no weak opponents at the World Cup. Their last opponent in the group stage of the competition will take advantage of each of their weaknesses, if they allow them. Because of big importance of the match, the Netherlands will play at full strength, but without suspended Van Persie, who will be replaced with Huntelaar.

Probable line-up of Netherlands (3-5-2): Cillessen – de Vrij, Vlaar, Martins Indi – Janmaat, de Jong, de Guzman, Blind, Sneijder – Robben, Huntelaar

Chile is one of the surprises of this championship, and according to Vidal this is the best national team in football history of Chile. Maybe that is not true, but there is no doubt that this is a fantastic team that has several outstanding attackers and a reliable goalkeeper. However, the power of the collective spirit is their greatest asset, as well as a very strong motivation to give their best. In addition, they have strong support from the stands, and I believe we will see another great performance of this young and talented team.

Also See: Australia vs Spain – Consolation points for honor

Probable line-up of Chile (3-4-3): Bravo – Medel, Silva, Jara – Isla, Aranguiz, Diaz, Mena – Vidal, Sanchez, Vargas

Netherlands vs Chile Match Prediction
First place is important for both teams, but there are other, perhaps more important tasks, first of all to save players of injuries. Therefore I do not believe in too temperamental duel, so I opt for a bet: Halftime or Fulltime X.

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