The Netherlands will be seeking to end 34-year trophy drought when they participate at the 2022 World Cup this winter.
The latest Netherlands odds to win the World Cup
Blessed with a combination of experience and youth the Netherlands are seen as outsiders for the gold this winter. In their last two World Cup outings they entered with minimal fanfare and won silver and bronze respectively, can they exceed expectations again?
|Betting Market||888Sport||Paddy Power||Sky Bet|
|Netherlands to win the World Cup||12/1||12/1||12/1|
|Netherlands to reach semi-final odds||11/5||11/5||5/2|
|Netherlands to reach quarter-final odds||8/1||8/11||4/5|
|Netherlands odds to win Group A||1/2||1/2||4/7|
|Memphis Depay World Cup Golden Boot odds||20/1||25/1||25/1|
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Netherlands route to the World Cup 2022 Final in Qatar
Group Stage Fixtures
|Senegal vs Netherlands||Al Thumama Stadium||21 November 2022 (10am UK time)|
|Netherlands vs Ecuador||Khalifa International Stadium||25 November 2022 (4pm UK time)|
|Netherlands vs Qatar||Al Bayt Stadium||29 November 2022 (3pm UK time)|
Who could Netherlands meet in the knockout rounds?
If the Netherlands were to win Group A, they would face the runners-up of Group B, which consists of England, USA, Iran and Wales, in Al Rayyan on 3rd December. England are favourites to win Group B with Wales tipped to finish second. If Van Gaal’s men get through that, it’s still a tough run to the World Cup final with the likes of Argentina, France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Brazil, Portugal and Uruguay all potentially to come.
|If they win Group A||Potential Opponent|
|Round of 16||Wales|
Things will be tougher, if Netherlands finish second. England would be the likely round of 16 opponent instead of Wales before the likes of Argentina, France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Brazil, Portugal and Uruguay come into the picture.
|If they come runners-up in Group A||Potential Opponent|
|Round of 16||England|
Our predicted Netherlands World Cup 2022 squad
|Stefan de Vrij||Defender||30||Inter Milan|
|Virgil van Dijk||Defender||31||Liverpool|
|Matthijs de Ligt||Defender||23||Bayern Munich|
|Denzel Dumfries||Defender||26||Inter Milan|
|Nathan Aké||Defender||27||Manchester City|
|Tyrell Malacia||Defender||23||Manchester United|
|Bruno Martins Indi||Defender||30||AZ|
|Frenkie de Jong||Midfielder||25||Barcelona|
|Marten de Roon||Midfielder||31||Atalanta|
|Luuk de Jong||Forward||32||PSV|
Netherlands players most at risk of missing the World Cup 2022 and those knocking on the door
A lack of playing time at club level could prove costly for some players. Ryan Gravenberch has yet to cement a berth at Bayern Munich meaning the promising youngster could see his World Cup dreams evapote. The same goes for Gravenberch’s former Ajax teammate Donny van de Beek who is effectively reduced to making cameos at Manchester United. Elsewhere capless Jeremie Frimpong might have to wait his turn. The young Bayer Leverkusen right-back is expected to watch the finals at home, a fate seemingly preserved for Roma full-back Rick Karsdorp and Borussia Dortmund forward Donyell Malen.
Netherlands players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022
Netherlands top World Cup Golden Boot contender – Memphis Depay
There’s only really one man that’s going to be leading the line for Oranje this winter, and it’s Memphis Depay – who is currently 25/1 favourite to win the Golden Boot.
The Barcelona forward ended Uefa’s qualification phase as the joint top-scorer with 12 goals, level with Harry Kane and finishing three ahead of Poland’s lethal marksman Robert Lewandowski. Since the start of 2021 he’s bagged 21 goals across 21 matches for Oranje including netting twice at Euro 2020 — both of which came in the group phase. At the time of writing he’s joint-second on the Netherlands all-time goalscorer list on 42 goals, level with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and eight behind Robin van Persie.
2022 World Cup Golden Boot favourites
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Netherlands player to watch – Frenkie de Jong
The name on everyone’s lip this past summer, Frenkie de Jong ultimately remained at his dream club Barcelona despite heavy interest from the Premier League, where he could have linked up with former Ajax coach Erik ten Hag at Manchester United.
Ten Hag’s desire for a reunion was sound as De Jong is among the elite press-resistant midfielders playing today. Much like at Euro 2020 the Netherlands fate rests in De Jong’s hands. He is the kernel around which the rest of Van Gaal’s side’s panache is constructed.
Netherlands emerging player to look out for – Kenneth Taylor
An option to start alongside De Jong in Oranje’s midfield is rising star Kenneth Taylor who has successfully broken into Ajax’s first team subsequently following in the footsteps of Van de Beek and Gravenberch if not usurping them. The likelihood is Taylor would operate as nothing more than a squad player but he’s already shown that he’s good enough to be part of the Netherlands senior team and Van Gaal — like he did in 2014 — isnt shy when it comes to giving emerging youngsters an opportunity on the grandest stage.
Netherlands tactical analysis & likely formation at the World Cup
Van Gaal’s return as head coach has seen the Netherlands revert to a classical 4-3-3 shape with one controlling midfielder anchoring two attack-minded number 8s. However, in recent outings, they’ve switched to a back-three — which the former Man Utd head coach famously deployed in Oranje’s unexpected semi-final run eight years ago — and chances are that will be how Oranje will line up in Qatar.
This will undoubtedly mean a 3-5-2 shape with Steven Bergwijn and Memphis Depay as the forwards. Two wing-backs will support Oranje’s three-man midfield with Virgil van Dijk spearheading a defence that should also consist of Matthijs de Ligt and Nathan Aké.
Where are Netherlands in the FIFA world rankings?
Netherlands are currently eighth in the FIFA world rankings with only Italy, Spain, England, France, Argentina, Belgium and Brazil ahead of them.
Who is the Netherlands manager?
Louis van Gaal was named Netherlands manager for a third time in August 2021, replacing Frank de Boer, and has taken charge of 13 games so far.
Who is the current Netherlands captain?
Virgil van Dijk is the Netherlands captain, named ahead of Van Gaal’s first game back in charge against Norway in September 2021.
How many times have Netherlands won the World Cup?
The Netherlands, who are making their first World Cup finals appearance since 2014, have previously finished runner up on three occasions (1974, 1978 and 2010).
How many times have Netherlands competed in the World Cup?
Making their first appearance in 1934, the Netherlands have been involved in 11 World Cups including the 2022 edition in Qatar.
Who has scored Netherlands’ most goals in World Cup tournaments?
Johnny Rep is the Netherlands’ top scorer at World Cup tournaments, netting seven goals across 1974 and 1978.
Which player from Netherlands has the most World Cup appearances?
Wesley Sneijder and Robin van Persie have both played in 17 World Cup games for the Netherlands, more than any other player.
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