Shock Flu Outbreak? Netherlands Predicted Lineup vs USA After Squad Decimated by Illness

Members of the Netherlands predicted lineup in training

The Netherlands and USA have both come out of difficult groups and are looking for victory in what will surely be a hard-fought duel against one another. See Last Word on Football’s Netherlands predicted lineup, and the illness that could throw the Dutch out of World Cup contention.

Netherlands Predicted Lineup vs USA

How the Netherlands Have Lined-up Recently

The Netherlands tend to line up in a 3-4-1-2 shape. Andries Noppert starts in goal behind a line of centre-backs including Virgil van Dijk, Nathan Ake and Jurrien Timber. Denzel Dumfries and Daley blind play as wing-backs.

Frenkie de Jong and Marten de Roon form a central midfield pairing, sitting behind the creative force of Davy Klaasen. Cody Gakpo and Memphis Depay start as strikers for the Dutch.

Netherlands Recent Form and Tactics

The Netherlands have been on somewhat unstable form throughout the competition. Cody Gakpo is one of the main aspects of their style of play in this tournament, but the defence is incredibly wobbly, with Senegal and Ecuador both providing a significant threat.

Louis van Gaal with have to look at controlling the midfield against the USMNT, as the USA have controlled the midfield in almost every minute of their matches so far.

Netherlands Injuries to Consider

The Netherlands’ biggest issue is a flu outbreak in the camp. Rumours state that one of the affected players is Frenkie de Jong, and whilst there is no confirmation from the Dutch management, this would be a huge loss for the European side. There are no other injuries in the squad, but if this is serious, there won’t need to be any more.

Netherlands Predicted Lineup

This predicted lineup is written without any knowledge of the specific individuals affected by the flu and assumes that every player is fit, due to the lack of available details.

  • Andries Noppert
  • Jurrien Timber
  • Nathan Ake
  • Virgil van Dijk
  • Denzel Dumfries
  • Daley Blind
  • Frenkie de Jong
  • Teun Koopmeiners
  • Davy Klaassen
  • Cody Gakpo
  • Memphis Depay

Current Odds: Netherlands vs USA

The Netherlands are currently favourites at evens, with the USA at approximately 7/2. This could drastically change as news of illness comes in. 

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