Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
A spot in the World Cup quarter-finals will be at stake when Netherlands and USA face each other at Khalifa International Stadium. The Oranje were anything but brilliant in the group stages, and, no doubt, there is still a room for improvement in Louis Van Gaal’s team. Fit-again striker Memphis Depay should keep his place in the starting XI, while there are no fresh injury worries in the home team.
The Yanks, on the other hand, are hit by Christian Pulisic’s injury. Since the Chelsea man is going to miss Saturday’s encounter, we are tempted to put our money on the nominal hosts. This will be the first meeting between the two national teams at the major tournament. When the two sides met in a friendly back in 2015 USA recorded a thrilling 4-3 win over Netherlands, meaning that the Oranje are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Memphis Depay):
Memphis Depay is a Dutch winger who started his professional career at PSV Eindhoven. During the 2014/2015 Eredivisie campaign the pacey footballer was on Manchester United’s radar and on June 12, 2015 the Premier League club confirmed the signing of the Dutchman. Many people expected that he would impress in the 2015/2016 Premier League season, but the former PSV ace played below expectations for the Red Devils, scoring only two goals (one assist) during the season.
After playing only for league games for Man Utd in the 2016/2017 season, Memphis Depay was sold to Olympique Lyon on January 20, 2017. Depay signed a four-and-a-half year deal with les Gones for a fee of around £16 million. The Dutch winger was producing fine performances for Lyon in the 2016/2017 season; he scored five goals for the club, while providing eight assists for his teammates.
Memphis Depay made his senior debut for Netherlands on October 15, 2013 in a 2-0 win over Turkey. Depay did well to win the 2011 European Championship with Netherlands U17 team.