Netherlands v USA: American dream to end
Netherlands v USA betting odds, tips and predictions
Netherlands and USA have the honour of kicking off the business end of World Cup 2022 when they square up in the first of the knockout games.
The Dutch made it through to the last 16 as Group A winners while their opponents nailed down second place behind England in Group B by beating Iran in their third game.
Saturday’s match at Khalifa International Stadium kicks off at 3pm and is live on BBC One.
Dutch to keep it clean
As expected, the Netherlands topped their section ahead of Senegal, Ecuador and disappointing hosts Qatar, but they have yet to hit their stride and their odds to lift the trophy have lengthened.
Van Gaal, the former Manchester United boss in charge of his country for a third spell, has been annoyed by criticism of his team during the group games – the 2-0 victories over Senegal and Qatar sandwiching a 1-1 draw with Ecuador.
While they have not exactly swept their opponents aside, they have got the job done and a similar scenario could play out here.
In the knockout, anything can happen. pic.twitter.com/nwJqbyMZRV
— U.S. Men's National Soccer Team (@USMNT) November 30, 2022
USA had chances against England but didn’t take them and missed even more against Iran before winning 1-0 to stamp their ticket through.
They have managed just two goals in three group games and Christian Pulisic, the match-winner on Tuesday, is an injury worry.
So, the Europeans to win without conceding at 15/8 kicks off our Netherlands v USA betting tips.
Get on Gakpo
One big bright side Van Gaal can look on after navigating Group A is the form of Cody Gakpo.
The PSV Eindhoven ace has scored in every game and while teams in the bottom half of the Premier League had been linked with the 23-year-old before this tournament kicked off, bigger clubs are now sitting up and taking notice.
He is 4/1 to open the scoring and that goes straight into our Netherlands v USA predictions.
Orange crush for States
USA more than held their own for long spells in their goalless draw with England but their journey looks set to come to an end.
Four years from now, on home soil and with their young squad more experienced, a deeper run could be on the cards.
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