Australia vs Netherlands, FIFA World Cup 2014 Eighteenth Match Preview: Oranje ready to topple Socceroos

Netherlands

After decimating defending champions Spain in the first match, the Oranje meet Australia with another onslaught on the cards. The two team come into the match in contrasting form with one setting the stage on fire while the other barely managing two to three passes together in the opponent half.  The Australians come into the match at Porto Alegre knowing anything less than three points here and their dream of qualifying for the knock out stage would have to wait for another four years.

NETHERLANDS: Master tactician Luis Van Gaal will have thinking to do over whether to switch to their traditional 4-3-3 after playing five at the back in the first match. Netherlands played a very fluid game against the Spanish and would look to continue the same against the Oz.  Robin Van Persie has proved his fitness and is raring to win the golden boot in Brazil. Winger Arjen Robben has also been in fine form and the way he outpaced Sergio Ramos clocked at 37 kmph is a spectacle no one presents in the stadium will ever forget. Fantastic crops of young talent which include the likes of Daley Bind    and Martin Indi have come up for the Dutch who provide solidity at the back. One player whose spot could be under scrutiny is that of Jonathan De Guzzman with Luis Van Gaal replacing him with Jordy Claise.

AUSTRALIA:  Coach Ange Postecoglou will be under tremendous pressure after seeing his side get torn to shreds against Chile. What will be annoying for him is the way his defence performed with some school boy errors in gifting the first goal to their opponent. Adding to the woes was the news of defender Ivan Franijic ruled out of the tournament with a hamstring strain suffered against Chile. The Aussies will depend on their talisman Tim Cahill to get the goals and the Dutch are aware of the threat the ex Everton man possess. For Australia to stand a chance on Wednesday afternoon in the southern city of Porto Alegre, their all-time leading scorer will need to again be at the peak of his game.

PREDICTED LINE UP:

Netherlands (4-3-3) - Cillessen , Janmaat , Blind , Vlaar , Martins Indi , De Jong , De Guzman , Sneijder Robben , Lens , Van Persie

Australia (4-3-3) - Ryan , McGowan, Spiranovic , Wilkinson , Davidson , Jedinak ,Milligan , Bresciano , Leckie , Oar , Cahill

PREDICTION:

The Oranje have the momentum which is so vital in tournaments like these and look set to cruise through another tie.

FULL TIME: NETHERLAND 3 AUSTRALIA 1

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