Netherlands aims for a win or a draw vs Qatar

Netherlands aims for a win or a draw vs Qatar

Netherlands‘ chances of going into the knockout stage of the World Cup is very high, considering their performance against Ecuador and Senegal. Qatar on the other hand is now playing their last match in the tournament. Elimination awaits them, following their winless campaign in the group stage. Netherlands are sitting in their group with four points, after a win and a draw, while Qatar is with zero points as they neither win nor draw their games. Their meeting will be on November 29, 2022, at 9:00 PM (GMT+8).

These two teams never played an official game against each other, so both are looking to surprise one another in this match. Against any Asian team, the Netherlands managed to win four of which, scoring a total of 11 points. During their first two games, they had a look in the goal for four times only. However, from those four attempts, they were able to have three successful goals. As for Qatar, they unfortunately ended all their hopes for the title when they lost to Ecuador and Senegal. They even made history as the only host to be eliminated as early as the group stage. Another history will be made here if they lost against the Netherlands. No host nation have ever lost all three group stage matches in the World Cup history.

Netherlands are a step closer to the knockout stage

World Cup: Netherlands

Netherlands only need a win or a draw in this game to finally enter the next stage in the competition. Even if they unfortunately lose in this game, they still stand a chance if Ecuador defeat Senegal. They are very impressive since they started their campaign in the tournament, as they are undefeated in their campaign. They want to continue this streak by winning their match against the hosts. A win will help them secure a knockout stage spot, which they have been aiming for. However, during their last match against Ecuador, they have failed to be as impressive as they were. Although that match ended in draw, at some point, they were outplayed by their opponent. Now, they have a point to prove coming into this match.

Coming into this game, this squad needs to make big decision in order to win this match. They are expected to make use of the talents of Memphis Depay, and Steven Bergwijn. Jurrien Timber and Steven Berghuis on the other hand are both hopeful to get a nod over Matthijs de Ligt and Teun Koopmeiners respectively.

Qatar wants to end their campaign with a win

World Cup: Qatar
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Qatar are unlucky as they have not picked up a single win in their campaign, eliminating them from the competition. As first-timers in the tournament, this is a little expected of them already, but they are unfortunate that it happened at home. They have struggled to prove they deserve a spot in the competition. Additionally, they had hopes to turn the table around after failing to win their opener, but failed to do so. They had their chances against Senegal, but their efforts are still not enough to win that match. As they are already eliminated, and are going to their last match, and are still hoping to at least score a win in this game.

Despite being winless, some of the players from Qatar are remarkable in the contest. Mohammed Muntari, Abdulaziz Hatem, and Almoez Ali proves that they deserve their spot in their national team.

Prediction:

Netherlands (2.0)
Odds: -0.87

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