Our World Cup Fantasy staff previews begin with the Netherlands, who’re the overwhelming favorites to win Group A.
In these country-by-country guides, we’ll be the most effective gamers from every nation, taking a stab at predicted line-ups, reviewing the highway to Qatar and extra.
To do that, we’ll be calling on the assistance of correspondents from every nation.
Right here, Fantasy Soccer Scout person Evert Bronstring helps us profile Louis van Gaal’s Orange.
All costs given are from the official FIFA World Cup Fantasy sport.
THE ROAD TO QUALIFICATION
Having did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup, there was gentle panic when the Netherlands misplaced their opening qualifier in Turkey.
Nonetheless, no defeats have been skilled in the remainder of the marketing campaign they usually topped UEFA Group G after smashing the Turks 6-1 of their reverse assembly.
Big 7-0 and 6-0 wins over Gibraltar will imply little or no eleven issues kick off however they’ve additionally topped their Nations League group in opposition to extra stern opposition – extra of which under.
Louis van Gaal took the Dutch to 3rd place in 2014 after being runners-up 4 years earlier and he’ll count on a comparatively easy development from the generous-looking Group A.
|Staff||pts||Gained||drawing||misplaced||For||In opposition to||diff|
- Most begins: Memphis Depay (10), Frenkie de Jong (10)
- Most targets: Memphis Depay (12), Davy Klaassen (4)
- Most assists: Memphis Depay (6), Davy Klaassen (4)
- Clear sheets: 6 from 10
RECORD SINCE QUALIFYING
The Netherlands are literally unbeaten since June 2021, when their spectacular type within the European Championship got here to a halt in a shock 2-0 defeat to the Czech Republic within the spherical of 16.
That’s their solely loss within the final 23 matches, with wins in opposition to Denmark and Belgium (twice) this calendar 12 months catching the attention.
|26 March 2022||Pleasant||netherlands||4–2||denmark|
|29 March 2022||Pleasant||netherlands||1–1||Germany|
|June 3, 2022||UEFA Nations League group stage||Belgium||1–4||netherlands|
|June 8, 2022||UEFA Nations League group stage||wales||1–2||netherlands|
|June 11, 2022||UEFA Nations League group stage||netherlands||2–2||Poland|
|June 14, 2022||UEFA Nations League group stage||netherlands||3–2||wales|
|22 September 2022||UEFA Nations League group stage||Poland||0–2||netherlands|
|25 September 2022||UEFA Nations League group stage||netherlands||1–0||Belgium|
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SEPTEMBER INTERNATIONAL LINE-UPS
09/22/2022 – Poland 0-2 Netherlands (Gakpo, Bergwijn)
(3-4-1-2) Pasveer; Timber, van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, Koopmeiners, de Jong, Blind; Gakpo; Bergwijn, Depay
09/25/2022 – Netherlands 1-0 Belgium (van Dijk)
(3-4-1-2) Pasveer; Timber, van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, Berghuis, de Roon, Blind; Klaassen; Bergwijn, Janssen
HOW FAR WILL THEY GET?
“Quarter finals. Since we’re in a bunch with not that a lot high quality (Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal), the expectation is for us to win the group.
“After this, we’ll be taking part in the second-place staff from group B, which (with none big upsets) must be both Wales or the USA. Each of those groups will probably be robust however I believe we’d nonetheless be favorites on this sport, particularly with the added momentum of successful the group.
“Our quarter-final would be the winner of 1C v 2D. Once more, with out upsets, this might be Argentina or Denmark. I don’t assume we’d have the ability to win have been we to face Argentina within the quarter-finals, at the least with out damage hitting their key gamers.
“That is all hypothetical however it appears almost definitely for the Netherlands to complete in both the quarter-finals or semis, as that is the place they’d meet their first large groups.” – Evert Bronstring
“Fluid attacking soccer, nice build-up play, a transparent id and philosophy, a coach with a imaginative and prescient and a squad with two or three world-class gamers (Frenkie de Jong, Virgil van Dijk and possibly Memphis Depay).” – Evert Bronstring
“There’s a large goalkeeper dialogue within the Netherlands, as we’ve 4 or 5 candidates who all appear to be not preferrred. Remko Pasveer appears to be the principle candidate now, as he was good within the Nations League matches within the final worldwide break. Nonetheless, he’s a 39 12 months previous with no expertise on this degree by any means, and the options will not be significantly better. Solely Jasper Cilessen has performed in a World Cup earlier than however he’s taking part in for a membership that’s fifteenth within the Dutch league.
“One other weak point is creativity. When Memphis Depay isn’t taking part in or having an off-day, they actually miss a participant who can produce a second of magic. Xavi Simons, Cody Gakpo and Steven Bergwijn may also have the ability to do that, however this will probably be their first World Cup and relying on them for artistic enter appears harmful.” – Evert Bronstring
THE KEY FANTASY TARGETS
The creators of the official FIFA World Cup Fantasy sport look to have made a gaffe by itemizing steven bergwijn ($7.0m) as a midfielder and Steven Berghuis ($7.0m) as a ahead however, with midfielders and forwards getting precisely the identical variety of factors for scoring a objective (5), there is not any actual ‘out of place’ benefit aside from the one additional level you get for a clear sheet.
Even then, that edge might be negated by the bonus factors: midfielders get an additional level for each three tackles they make, whereas forwards get an additional level for each two pictures heading in the right direction they register – and the latter is likelier to occur when you’ re Bergwijn.
The previous Spurs winger is predicted to be one in all van Gaal’s entrance two at first of the World Cup, the opposite being ahead memphis depay ($8.5m).
He is the principle attraction from a Fantasy perspective, on penalties and set performs in addition to posing the Oranje’s fundamental objective risk from open play.
Whereas the dozen targets in qualification should be positioned into context (4 have been in opposition to Gibraltar, for instance), he scored three from 4 appearances within the trickier current UEFA Nations League marketing campaign – together with a brace in Belgium. No participant in that Nations League group averaged extra pictures per sport (3.0) than Depay.
“Memphis Depay takes all set-pieces, scored 12 targets in 10 qualifying video games, and is all the time distinctive within the nationwide staff. With one of many best teams, I believe he’s a no brainer.” – Evert Bronstring
Euro 2020 Fantasy managers will keep in mind Denzel Dumfries ($6.0m) with fondness and there is a purpose that not defending within the FIFA sport is costlier.
“Denzel Dumfries bagged targets and assists in Euro 2020, is an attacking wing-back, poses a crossing risk and he has been registered as a defender so the presumed clear sheets within the group will render him factors.” – Evert Bronstring
Six pictures and two targets arrived in simply 4 begins and one substitute look on this 12 months’s Nations League fixtures, together with two efforts from contained in the six-yard field.
He has an attention-grabbing 11 attacking returns in his final 25 nationwide staff run-outs and a extra superior function as a wing-back aids his trigger to get ahead.
Nathan Akke ($5.0m) presently represents the most affordable route into the Dutch defence, if funds is a matter.
additional ahead, Cody Gakpo ($7.0m) is extra of an extended shot however one for the watchlist. A begin is not assured however a powerful home marketing campaign has elevated his probabilities of extra sustained game-time in Qatar.
“Cody Gakpo is extra of a punt, as he won’t be getting as a lot taking part in time as the opposite two [Dumfries and Depay], however he has been big for PSV this season with 29 attacking returns in solely 22 video games. His risk from crosses and nice direct play make him a improbable trendy attacker and he is in the most effective type of his profession to this point. If he will get a spot within the beginning XI, it is likely to be value a attempt.” – Evert Bronstring
Here is how our corresponding reckons the Netherlands may line up of their opening sport:
(3-5-2): Pasveer; van Dijk, Timber, Ake; Dumfries, de Jong, de Roon*, Blind/Malacia**; Berghuis***, Depay, Bergwijn.
*if again from damage in time
**Blind appeared to be locked within the beginning XI however he has had an terrible season to this point and an increasing number of voices are calling for Malacia to play
***this might be a 50-50 with Gakpo