Holland: Cillessen, Verhaegh, Blind, Martins-Indi, De Vrij, Vlaar, Clasie, De Jong, Sneijder, Robben, Van Persie.
Rafael van der Vaart will miss the World Cup with a calf strain in his right leg. Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben, who were missing during the last Ecuador fixture are back in the squad. Daryl Janmaat is struggling with an injury and is a doubt.
Ghana: Kwarasy, Opare, Addy, Akaminko, Boye, Essien, Muntari, Asamoah, Ayew, Boateng, Gyan.
101GG Betting Tip:
Holland host Ghana in Rotterdam as both teams are embarking on their respective World Cup exhibition games.
Last World Cup’s finalists have been plagued by a series of injuries, and after Roma’s Kevin Strootman was ruled out back in March, now PSG’s Gregory van der Wiel and Hamburg’s Rafael van der Vaart have been added to the sidelines.
Van der Vaart who was named in the preliminary squad, suffered a calf injury during the Oranjes training camp in Portugal. The former Spurs midfielder was the most experienced player on the Holland roster with 109 caps, and his absence is considered major setback for manager Louis van Gaal.
Holland is facing a reunion with Spain, alongside Chile and Australia in Group B.
Ghana is facing the daunting task of surviving Group G, alongside Germany, Portugal and the United States. The Black Stars will look to repeat the success of 2010, when only one minute and one Luis Suarez separated them from reaching the semifinals in South Africa. Ghana’s strength lies in its midfield, with their fullbacks being their weakest links.
Both coaches are expected to field their potential starting XI, despite having yet to make their final squad decisions.
101GG Prediction: Holland 3 – Ghana 2
Some essential facts to help with online betting:
Holland have gone winless four games in a row. Their last win dates back to the 2:1 win over Turkey in October 2013.
Holland went unbeaten in their World Cup qualification group.
Holland’s 0:2 loss against France in March constitutes their first defeat since 2012.
Ghana’s group (alongside Germany, Portugal, and USA), is considered the toughest one in terms of the countries’ FIFA rankings. Ghana is 38th, behind the US (14th), Portugal (3rd), and Germany (2nd).