On Saturday, the first matches of the round of 16 at the World Cup will take place. Here, the clash Netherlands vs. USA will start at 16:00. Thus, the eighth and the 16th in the FIFA ranking will duel. The clash between the Oranjes and the Yanks will be played at the Khalifa International Stadium in ar-Rayyan.
What speaks for the Netherlands?
- Won, for example, five of the last six matches
What speaks for the USA?
- Had clean sheets in three of their most recent four appearances
Our betting prediction:
- Prediction: Both teams to score – No
- Odds: 1.76
Expert analysis Netherlands
The Netherlands completed the Group A in the first place with seven points. Here, Louis van Gaal’s team left behind Senegal, who entered the round of 16 as the second with six points, Ecuador, and Qatar. Their only loss of points, a 1-1 against the South Americans on the second matchday, came between 2-0 against the African champions and on Tuesday against the hosts.
This marked the fourth time in five encounters that Holland managed a clean sheet. The encounter against Qatar, who scored one goal in three games, doesn’t represent a yardstick. However, the Netherlands achieved the same in Poland (2-0) and against Belgium (1-0) at the end of September, too.
Expert analysis USA
With five points, the USA finished the Group B in the second place. Here, Gregg Berhalter’s side took two points less than England. Behind them, Iran and Wales ranked third and fourth respectively.
In four of the Yanks’ last five matches, not both teams scored goals. A 1-1 against the Welsh national team on the second matchday constituted the exception. Previously, the USA suffered a 0-2 defeat to 24th-ranked Japan and a 0-0 against 51st-ranked Saudi Arabia. Then, they managed a goalless draw against the Three Lions.
Afterwards, a 1-0 against the world’s 20th-ranked Iran on Tuesday lifted the Yanks into the last 16. However, the match had a bitter aftertaste for the scorer, Christian Pulisic. Because: He needed a substitution and had to be treated in hospital. But Pulisic stated that he should be back for the round of 16 match Netherlands vs. USA.
Head-to-head comparison Netherlands – USA
So far, the Netherlands and USA played against each other exclusively in five friendly matches. The last of these took place on 5 June 2015 at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruijff Arena. On that day, Holland lost against the USA with 3-4.
Our betting prediction and the best odds
The home side in the World Cup fixture Netherlands vs. USA didn’t concede a goal in four of their last five matches. The exception came on 25 November with a 1-1 against Ecuador. That snapped a streak of Holland with 2-0 victories in Poland as well as against Senegal and a 1-0 win over Belgium.
Another 2-0 against Qatar followed on Tuesday. On the same day, the USA beat Iran 1-0 and scored their second goal since the end of September. The first one arrived in a 1-1 against Wales, which the Yanks recorded after a 0-2 against Japan and a 0-0 against Saudi Arabia. Then, they achieved a further goalless draw against England.
Netherlands vs. USA – betting prediction: Both teams to score – No, odds 1.76
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