Netherlands vs Ecuador lineups: team news and predicted XIs for World Cup 2022 game

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Memphis Depay could start for the Netherlands in their World Cup meeting with Ecuador this afternoon.

Both sides won their opening matches in Qatar, meaning victory in Doha could guarantee progress to the last 16 and likely as Group A winners.

The Dutch left it late to beat Senegal at the weekend with Cody Gakpo remaining in the starting XI after scoring the winner, but Steven Bergwijn and Vincent Janssen may not keep their places.

Barcelona striker Depay has not played since mid-September before coming off the bench against the African champions with a hamstring injury. We’ll see if that cameo was enough to earn him a start here.

Denzel Dumfries was fit to play in the opening game and should continue with the 3-4-1-2 formation chosen by Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal.

As for Ecuador, two-goal hero Enner Valencia scrapped his knee in the win over Qatar.

He then stated: “The doctors will assess me, but I hope to play in the second game.”

Predicted Netherlands XI:

Noppert; De Ligt, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, De Jong, Berghuis, Blind; Gakpo; Bergwijn, Depay.

Predicted Ecuador XI:

Galindez; Preciado, Torres, Hincapie, Estupinan; Plata, Mendez, Caicedo, Ibarra; Valencia, Estrada.

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