Netherlands and Argentina clash off on Friday at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in the Quarter-Finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Check out here the expected lineups for this match.
On Friday, December 9, 2022 at 2:00 PM (ET), the Netherlands and Argentina will meet in the quarterfinals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar at the iconic Lusail Stadium. The players likely to suit up for each team in this knockout stage football match are listed below.
It will be the tenth time they meet. It is interesting to note that the Netherlands are the underdogs in the head-to-head battles, having won four times so far compared to three wins for the Argentine men’s national team. The next two matches ended in a draw.
The two teams last met in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals on July 9, when La Abiceleste won in a penalty shootout. As they meet for the first time since then, the stakes are considerably higher as the winner of this showdown will go through to the semi-finals where they will be the winner of the match between Croatia and Brazil.
Netherlands probable lineup
Coach Louis van Gaal should be relieved that he has avoided serious injuries so far at the World Cup. In preparation for Saturday’s match against Argentina, Memphis Depay has improved to the point where he should be ready to play the whole 90 minutes without any problems. The Dutch are likely to stick with their tried and true three-man defense, where Jurrien Timber gets the nod over Matthijs de Ligt, who was booked in his sole World Cup appearance.
Netherlands predicted starting XI:
Noppert; Timber, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, De Roon, De Jong, Blind; Klaassen; Gakpo, Depay.
Argentina probable lineup
Papu Gomez left Saturday’s game against Australia in the 50th minute with a sprained ankle and is questionable to return. However, Angel Di Maria is making progress in his rehabilitation from a quadriceps injury and should be able to replace him. Without any further major injuries, Scaloni should stick with Cristian Romero and Nicolas Otamendi at center back.
Argentina predicted starting XI:
E. Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna; Fernandez, De Paul, Mac Allister; Messi; Di Maria, Alvarez.