Netherlands vs Chile World Cup 2014 match preview: When is the kick-off – and who are the favourites in key clash?
A look ahead to a match that will decide first place in Group B
Sunday 22 June 2014
The Netherlands and Chile are ready to settle Group B’s first place when they square off in the Sao Paulo Arena. Both of them come into the match with six points and decisive wins over World Cup holders Spain.
The Oranje will be more comfortable in this match as they know that a draw is enough to secure them the top spot since they have scored more goals. However, Louis Van Gaal will be missing the services of Manchester United hitman Robin van Persie who is suspended. Eindhoven’s Memphis Depay, who scored the winner last week against Australia, is expected to start up front.
Problems for the new Manchester United manager though do not stop there as Feyenord defender Bruno Martins Indi may not start due to a horrific concussion he suffered last week.
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The South Americans need a win in this match and manager Jorge Sampaoli is expected to make a few adjustments to the starting line-up as last week’s scorer Charles Aranguiz has picked up a knee injury. Much will be expected by Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez in a game that is expected to be highly competitive and eventful, with both sides eager to top the group and avoid what would be a likely meeting with hosts Brazil.
KICK-OFF: Monday, 5pm
The sides have never faced each other before.
This is the first time these teams will square off.
Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben has scored eight goals in his last eight international caps and four in his last four World Cup appearances.
The Netherlands are unbeaten in their last 12 World Cup group stage matches. The Oranje have won nine of those matches and their last defeat occurred in 1994 against Belgium.
Chile have won four of their last six World Cup matches albeit the fact that they were dealing with 13-match losing streak beforehand.
Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez has been involved in eight of Chile’s last 10 goals as he has scored one goal, produced six assists and it was his shot that Iker Casillas blocked last week before the ball found scorer Charles Aranguiz.
Netherlands to win: 13.8
Chile to win: 9.5
TV: Live on ITV at 5pm
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