Netherlands started their World Cup campaign with a comprehensive 5-1 win over defending champions Spain. Australia lost to Chile 3-1 in their opening game of the World Cup.

Postecoglou’s side put in an impressive performance against Chile after going 2-0 down, but the Netherlands team are high on confidence and we expect them to beat Australia. A win for Netherlands will guarantee a berth in the next round of the World Cup.

Team News:

Louis van Gaal has no major injury concerns ahead of their second Group B game of the World Cup.

Ivan Franjic is a doubt having been substituted early against Chile and Mark Milligan will also miss the game.

Louis Van Gaal is likely to start with Bruno Martins Indi and Stefan de Vrij and the experienced Ron Vlaar at the back with offensive full-backs Daryl Janmaat and Daley Blind as wing backs. Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben will also start for Netherlands as a victory could seal a place in the knock-out rounds.

As for Australia, Ryan McGowan will take Ivan Franjic’s place in the starting XI. Australia will be hoping for a special performance from veteran forward Tim Cahill if they are to get anything from this match.

Facts:

Following their goals against Spain, both Robben and van Persie became the first Netherlands players to score in three different World Cup tournaments (2006, 2010, 2014).
Australia have won just two of their previous 11 World Cup matches (L6 D3)
Robin van Persie has scored 10 goals in his last nine appearances for Netherlands.
The Dutch are unbeaten in their last 11 World Cup group stage matches, winning eight and drawing three.
Netherlands have won 24 of their last 26 matches in FIFA World Cup.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Played: 3
Australia 0 v Netherlands 0 (2009)
Netherlands 1 v Australia 2 (2008)
Netherlands 1 v Australia 1 (2006)

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