The Round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup begins on Saturday, as the United States takes on the Netherlands. The U.S. finished second in Group B, while the Netherlands won Group A. While the U.S. did well to get out of Group B, they will have to play better than they did against England and Iran if they are to win on Friday. The Netherlands is ranked 8th in the world by FIFA and they are coached by Louis van Gaal who is the former skipper of Manchester United. The Netherlands has not lost under van Gaal since he was hired in September of 2021, going unbeaten in 18 matches. The USA has only advanced past the Round of 16 once in World Cup history and that was in 2002. The Netherlands is a solid favorite in World Cup odds to win this match on Saturday. Let’s look at World Cup picks.
United States vs. Netherlands: World Cup Round of 16
Date: Saturday, December 3, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM Eastern
Venue: Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar
FIFA World Cup Betting Odds
United States +330
Goal Line - Netherlands -0.5 (-111), USA +0.5 (-111)
Team to Advance
United States +184
United States vs. Netherlands
The United States has a favorable matchup for the Round of 16, as they don’t have to face one of the power teams in the World Cup. That doesn’t mean Netherlands is not a good team, but they are not considered on the same level with Brazil or a team like Belgium. If the United States is going to win a Round of 16 match it just might be this one. The Netherlands was not that impressive in the group stage, as they struggled to get a 1-1 draw against Ecuador and they had to score a couple of late goals to beat Senegal.
The U.S. wasn’t that impressive either, as they struggled to score goals. Their key player is Christian Pulisic and he was banged up in the win over Iran. Pulisic said he is going to play on Saturday and he is the most important player for the United States. The United States needs more players to step up against the Netherlands, including Matt Turner. The Arsenal goalkeeper has been solid and the United States needs him to be great on Saturday. "I think we've obviously played against good competition here. Like England, the Netherlands could be another favorite to win the World Cup.” Adams said to the media, “They've done really well, how they navigated through their group phase of the tournament so far."
"(The Netherlands has) some amazing players," Adams said to the media, "We're gonna have to be ready for that game, but I think right now we enjoy this moment, have some downtime to relax and recover now mentally focus. The coaches will come up with a game plan. It's time for us to execute."
Four years ago in Russia, neither the United States nor the Netherlands qualified for the World Cup. The Netherlands finished second in the 2010 World Cup and they finished third in 2014. The United States made the Round of 16 in 2010 and 2014 but lost both times.
The United States and Netherlands have never played in the World Cup or in any other official competition. They have, however, played five friendlies, with the Netherlands winning four times, while the USA won once. The Netherlands won the first meeting in 1998 by a score of 2-0, They won by that same 2-0 score in 2002. The Netherlands won 1-0 in 2004 and they won 2-1 in 2010. The only win for the USA was in 2015, as the United States won 4-3.
United States vs. Netherlands World Cup Picks
The question in this match is how the United States will score. They did nothing against England and scored just once against Iran. The Netherlands wasn’t that good in creating scoring chances in their matches, so this could be a low scoring contest. USA manager Gregg Berhalter said his full-backs, Dest and Antonee Robinson have been excellent. "The full-backs have been doing a good job," Berhalter said to the media, "We want them to be a little bit more offensive today. And we got an assist from (Dest). So it's a good thing. We need our full-backs to be aggressive, and it was good that they showed that today."
I made the mistake of taking the England vs. USA game over the total and I am not making that mistake again. The Netherlands hasn’t looked that good offensively and we know the USA is struggling to create many chances. I will go under the total with the USA and the Netherlands on Saturday.
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