For the sixth time in World Cup history, Netherlands and Argentina will go head-to-head. Argentina prevailed in the 1978 final and when they last clashed in the semi-finals eight years ago.
Netherlands meantime came out on top in 1974 and 1998, but who will move one step closer to glory in Lusail?
Holland kicked off the knockout stages on Saturday, proving to be simply too strong for the United States. Memphis and then Daley Blind slotted home in the first half before the other wing-back, Denzel Dumfires, sealed the 3-1 victory late on.
Louis van Gaal led Oranje to the World Cup semi-finals in 2014 and, across three spells, is unbeaten in 36 competitive internationals, dating back to 2001. This, of course, excludes penalty shootouts, with Argentina ending Netherlands’ run via that method in Brazil eight years ago.
Back then, la Albiceleste’s dreams were shattered by Germany so, this time, they’re doubly determined to go all the way. In the round of 16, Lionel Scaloni’s side ousted surprise-package Australia 2-1 with Lionel Messi, who else, and then Julián Álvarez on target at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.
The reigning Copa América winners genuinely believe that this is their time, even if fierce rivals Brazil, potentially, lie in wait in the semi-finals. Before then of course, an extremely tough to call quarter-final that promises to be a classic.
Don’t be surprised if this clash at Lusail Iconic Stadium goes the distance.
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Bet Builder of the Day by TipMan
1) Croatia vs Brazil - Brazil 5 or more shots on target + over 3.5 Brazil corners + Thiago Silva over 70 match passes 2) Netherlands vs Argentina - Over 2.5 match cards + Over 2.5 Netherlands corners + Over 2.5 Argentina corners
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December 09, 2022
Croatia Vs Brazil - Friday 9th
Brazil 5 or more shots on target
Over 3.5 Brazil corners
Thiago Silva over 70 match passes
Brazil and Croatia go head-to-head in the quarter final with the Brazilian side looking very strong and Croatia have stumbled their way through so far without any standout performances.
Brazil the obvious favourites and will be expected to dominate the ball, Thiago silva has averaged 77 passes per game in this World Cup and with them being the possession team you can expect him to rack them up again here.
Brazil average 7 shots on target per match this World Cup and with the attacking players at their disposal against an ageing Croatia side who will likely set up defensive it’s hard to not see them testing the keeper on numerous occasions.
Brazil have again averaged 7 corners earned per match this World Cup and with the same reasons as the match shots it’s hard to see them not getting a few corners here. Exciting wide players and players from midfield who arrive in the box and shoot from distance they should get a minimum of 4 corners here.
Netherlands Vs Argentina - Friday 9th 15:00
Over 2.5 match cards
Over 2.5 Netherlands corners
Over 2.5 Argentina corners
Netherlands and Argentina do battle in the first quarter final of the 2022 World Cup and it’s a match between two of the big guns. Argentina are slight favourites, but I do feel this game can go either way which makes for a great game.
Both teams average match cards is just over 2 per game but now at the quarter final stages tensions rise and the pressure is increased. Spanish referee Mr Lahoz renowned in Spain for issuing cards averaged 4.7 cards per game.
Both teams have been strong on the corners this competition with a combined match total of 9.2 and both teams averaging over 4 each per game. Both sides have definitely looked vulnerable defensively which wasn’t expected coming into this and with the attacking players on show you can expect both teams to create plenty of chances here.
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