netherlands national football team prediciton for the world cup

In the world of football, the Netherlands is a historic nation that has produced world class players and legends for years on end. Even the Eredivisie, the Dutch League, has always been one of the top leagues in Europe and in the 90s was arguably amongst the top 3 European Leagues. The Dutch have revolutionary legends in their ranks with Johan Cruyff, Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf, Dennis Bergkamp, Robin Van Persie and Edwin Van der Saar just to name a few. However, despite always having world class players in their national side, the national team (known as Oranje translated to The Dutch Eleven), have never won the World Cup, coming runners up 3 times in 1974, 1978 and 2010. However, they have won the European Champions in 1988.

Netherlands National Football Team: Tactics and Principles

Under Louis Van Gaal, the Dutch play in a 4-3-3 instead of former manager Frank De Boer’s 5-3-2. The manager demands his team to command possession and on average; during their World Cup qualification, the Oranje averaged over 60% possession. On the ball, the defenders pull wide and the keeper drops in between them like a 3rd center back. They then either play it to the full-backs but tend to try and play through the central areas, especially through De Jong and Wijnaldum. De Jong will then drop into back 3 with the center backs and allow the full-backs to bomb forward and have 7 players in the opposition half. Off the ball, they press high and counter-press when they lose possession, which are usual modern-day tactics but the strength of the Netherlands will be mostly when they are in possession themselves.

World Cup: Predictions and What to Expect

The Oranje have done well so far under new management with the Philosopher, Louis Van Gaal.  However, based on the overall team’s quality and recent change in management, it’s no surprise that the bookies don’t have them as favourThe Oranje have done well so far under new management with the Philosopher, Louis Van Gaal.  However, based on the overall team’s quality and recent change in management, it’s no surprise that the bookies don’t have them as favourites in comparison to teams like France, Brazil or Spain. Bet365 places odds of the Dutch winning the World Cup at 16/1. It’s unlikely they will perform as well Oranje fans would like but, this is tournament and knockout football, so you simply never really know. (Click to read our latest World Cup Qualifying betting tips and predictions).

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Netherlands National Team Players: Top 5

The Netherlands has produced world class players for years thanks to their Total Football philosophy that stemmed from the legendary Johan Cruyff who instilled this philosophy in Ajax and in Barcelona with their world renowned academy, La Masia. Ever since then, there have been countless players who have come through the ranks and shaped the world of football. Not all of our top 5 are one of those players but here are our top 5 Dutch players currently.

Memphis Depay

Better known as Memphis, Depay has been one of the top talents in Europe who never quite hit the heights he was expected to for reasons on and off the pitch. He started his senior career by playing for PSV Eindhoven, a top club in the Eredivisie, scoring 38 goals in 90 games as a winger and forward player. He then took the risk of moving to Manchester United after being signed by his current Oranje manager, Louis Van Gaal who was Manchester United manager then. However, that move didn’t pan out as well as he’d have hoped with only 33 games played and 2 goals scored. He needed to change his environment and did so by moving to France with Lyon, and rediscovered his form, scoring 63 goals in 139 appearances. Recently, he made a controversial move to Barcelona and is starting to live up to his expectations.

Virgil Van Dijk

Currently the best defender in the world, and possibly one of the best defenders of all time, Van Dijk is the main man in the Dutch defence, much like his role for his club, Liverpool. Van Dijk has had a steady rise to stardom, plying his trade in Scotland for Celtic before moving to the Premier League at Southampton. After a few impressive seasons, he was signed by Liverpool for 75 million pounds and ever since then has won the Champions League and the Premier League for Liverpool (for the first time in 30 years). Such were the quality of his performances and leadership skills, he was nominated for the Ballon D’Or in 2019. He’ll look to emulate that success for his country now and so far has 44 national caps to his name. (Read our Liverpool betting predictions for Van Dijik’s current team.)

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Matthis De Ligt

The young center back is one deemed by many for the future. 3 years ago however, he looked as ready as they come. He was part of a promising group at Ajax Amsterdam that played free flowing football and saw them reach an eye-catching semi-final, losing to Tottenham Hotspur in a crazy game which saw a Lucas Moura hattrick book the London side into their first ever Champions League final. The Ajax boys would hold their head up high as their captain De Ligt lead them to wins over Juventus and Real Madrid. Shortly after however, he moved to Juventus and hasn’t yet put in the level of performances that saw his stock rise. He will most likely partner Virgil Van Dijk and that should give him the platform to rediscover his form ahead of the World Cup. De Ligt currently has 33 appearances for his country. (Read our Juventus FC betting Predictions and Odds – De Ligt’s current team.)

Donny Van De Beek

Much like De Ligt, Donny was a crucial cog in that spectacular Ajax side. He is a diverse midfielder who can play as a no 6, no 8, and even no 10. He scored crucial goals in that 2018/2019 Ajax campaign during the knockout rounds against big sides like Real Madrid and Juventus. More recently, he’s not had as much game time at his new club Manchester United but still, he remains one of the best Dutch players in the world right now. He’s got 19 caps to his name for his country and he will be looking for more game time to ensure he makes the World Cup squad. (Read our Manchester United FC betting Predictions and Odds – Donny’s current team.)

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Frenkie De Jong

Frenkie has become one of the world’s top central midfielders. He and De Ligt were immediately signed after their remarkable Champions League campaign in 2018/2019. The young midfielder is an elegant footballer who can play as a no 6 or a no 8. He is one of the most technically gifted central midfielders and is also versatile which speaks to his intelligence. Louis Van Gaal tends to ask him to do more than simply play in the central areas, often dropping into the back 3 as we previously mentioned above. He now has 38 caps for the Oranje and over 80 appearances for Barcelona.

Who is Netherlands National Team Manager?

He is none other than Louis Van Gaal, aka the Philosopher. He’s managed the Dutch outfit before in 2012 to 2014. He is a world class manager who has bags of experience at different levels, coaching Ajax at youth level to eventually the senior side, and then Barcelona where he won La Liga twice, the UEFA Super Cup and the Copa Del Rey in the late 90s. At Bayern Munich, he won the Bundesliga and the DFB Pokal. At Ajax, he won the Champions League in the 95 season and finished runners up the next season. He has a proven track record but some say he is too wedded to his footballing philosophies. Either way, we can’t think of many managers who would be suited to take the Oranje back to the level they need to get to other than the Philosopher himself.

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