We have starting team news as Australia meet Holland in this group B encounter. A victory for Louis Van Gaals side all but guarantees them a place in the last 16 of this year’s World Cup. Kick-off is at 5pm.
The Netherlands will be firm favourites to win this one against an Australian team that performed admirably against Chile.
Australia lost their opening game Chile. Chile got off to a lightning quick start and were 2-0 after 14 minutes before Tim Cahill brought Australia back into the game. Jean Beausejour sealed the win for Chile. The Netherlands won 5-1 against Spain in what was arguably the performance of the tournament so far. Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben both scored a brace of goals. The Netherlands will go into this game full of confidence.
Cahill is now a veteran for the Socceroos but remains pivotal to their hopes and is their main scoring threat. Cahill has 32 goals at International level which is no mean feat for a player who is not a striker. His late runs into the box will be a potent weapon for this Australian side. Cahill showed his aerial ability in the first with a towering headed effort to score Australia’s first goal of this year’s World Cup.
The 30 year old Bayern Munich winger is being utilised in a 2 man attack for the Dutch will Robin van Persie. His pace and dribbling ability tormented the Spanish defence the last day in what was a scintillating display by the former Chelsea and Real Madrid star. The Dutch will look to him today to penetrate the Australian defence and if he and Van Persie show the form they did against Spain it should be a long afternoon for this Australian defence.
Ivan Franjic is out injured with a hamstring injury with Ryan McGowan expected to deputize. Expected Australia line up
Australia: Ryan; McGowan, Davidson, Wilkinson, Spiranovic; Milligan, Leckie, Jedinak, Bresciano, Halloran; Cahill
The Netherlands are expected to go with a 3-5-2 in an unchanged line up to their opener
Netherlands: Cillessen; Janmaat, Blind, Vlaar, De Vrij; Martins, De Guzman, De Jong, Sneijder, Robben; Van Persie
Australia will be up against it here with Louis Van Gaal’s team full of confidence and with their star players playing with confidence. Australia’s best hope of scoring will be crosses into the box or set pieces with former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill very dangerous in the air. They also posses some pace on the wings but the Netherlands should win this one comfortably possibly on a score line of 3-0. Arjen Robben to score and Netherlands to win is 10/11 with boylesports in what looks an appealing bet.