Netherlands v Argentina: Predicted lineups

Published July 9th, 2014 - 12:17 GMT

The dream is over for Brazil, and the dream of an all South American World Cup Final died along with them in their 1-7 mauling at the hands of Germany.

There was much debate as to whether this World Cup would see a record number of goals and with Germany in the form they are in who knows the limit.

Holland will hope that Germany's form has seen the European nations take the edge in this summers' tournament and they will look to their match with Argentina as a chance to once again reach the almost summit of the biggest competition in the world.

Argentina likewise will be looking to make a statement but will have to make an offensive one without the services of Angel Di Maria whom has been their shinning star outside of Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid attacker has been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament due to injury.

Holland also are without Nigel De Jong whom has been ruled out for the remainder of the cup and have game time decisions on the likes of Ron Vlaar and Leroy Fer.

Argentina have not managed to win by more than a goal having left it late in their last few matches just as the Netherlands did against Costa Rica. However, the return of Sergio Aguero could see Messi drop to a number nine role in support of more natural strikers Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain for their most powerful front three.

Several sites are picking Argentina to be the favorite in the match, but there is no clear cut winner and there is a major chance we could see another match going to extra time this summer before it gets to the final.

Netherlands Starting XI: Cillessen: Vrij, Vlaar, Indi; Kuyt, Guzman, Wijnaldum, Blind; Sneijder; Persie, Robben.

Argentina Starting XI: Romero: Zabaleta, Garay, Demichelis, Rojo; Perez, Mascherano, Gago; Messi; Aguero, Higuain.


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