World Cup Fantasy 2022 staff previews: Netherlands

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 perfect gamers from every nation, taking a stab at predicted line-ups, reviewing the street to Qatar and extra.

To do that, we’ll be calling on the assistance of correspondents from every nation.

Right here, Fantasy Soccer Scout consumer 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.

Nevertheless, no defeats had 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.

Enormous 7-0 and 6-0 wins over Gibraltar will imply little or no as soon as issues kick off however they’ve additionally topped their Nations League group towards 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 anticipate a comparatively easy development from the generous-looking Group A.

Staff Factors Gained drawn Misplaced For In opposition to Diff
1 netherlands 23 7 2 1 33 8 +25
2 Turkey 21 6 3 1 27 16 +11
3 norway 18 5 3 2 15 8 +7
4 Montenegro 12 3 3 4 14 15 -1
5 Latvia 9 2 3 5 11 14 -3
6 Gibraltar 0 0 0 10 4 43 -39

  • Most begins: Memphis Depay (10), Frenkie de Jong (10)
  • Most objectives: 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 kind 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 towards Denmark and Belgium (twice) this calendar 12 months catching the attention.

March 26, 2022 Pleasant netherlands 4–2 Denmark
March 29, 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
September 22, 2022 UEFA Nations League group stage poland 0–2 netherlands
September 25, 2022 UEFA Nations League group stage netherlands 1–0 belgium

performed Gained drawn Misplaced For In opposition to Diff Clear sheets
8 6 2 0 19 9 +10 2

SEPTEMBER INTERNATIONAL LINE-UPS

22/09/2022 – Poland 0-2 Netherlands (Gakpo, Bergwijn)

(3-4-1-2) Pasveer; Timber, van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, Koopmeiners, de Jong, Blind; Gakpo; Bergwijn, Depay

25/09/2022 – 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?

“Quarterfinals. Since we’re in a gaggle with not that a lot high quality (Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal), the expectation is for us to win the group.

“After this, we’ll be enjoying the second-place staff from group B, which (with none big upsets) ought to be both Wales or the USA. Each of those groups shall be robust however I feel 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 may very well be Argentina or Denmark. I don’t suppose we’d be capable of win had been we to face Argentina within the quarter-finals, a minimum of with out damage hitting their key gamers.

“That is all hypothetical but it surely appears almost certainly 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

STRENGTHS

“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 perhaps Memphis Depay).” – Evert Bronstring

WEAKNESSES

“There’s a large goalkeeper dialogue within the Netherlands, as we’ve 4 or 5 candidates who all appear to be not superb. Remko Pasveer appears to be the principle candidate now, as he was good within the Nations League matches within the final worldwide break. Nevertheless, he’s a 39 12 months outdated with no expertise on this stage by any means, and the options should not a lot better. Solely Jasper Cilessen has performed in a World Cup earlier than however he’s enjoying for a membership that’s fifteenth within the Dutch league.

“One other weak point is creativity. When Memphis Depay isn’t enjoying 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 be capable of do that, however this shall be their first World Cup and relying on them for inventive 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 aim, with midfielders and forwards getting precisely the identical variety of factors for scoring a aim (5), there is no actual ‘out of place’ benefit aside from the one additional level you get for a clear sheet.

Even then, that edge may very well be negated by the bonus factors: midfielders get an additional level for each three tackles or two key passes they make, whereas forwards get an additional level for each two pictures heading in the right direction they register – and the latter might be likelier to occur if you happen to’re Bergwijn.

The previous Spurs winger is anticipated to be one in every of van Gaal’s entrance two in the course of the World Cup, whereas the opposite would often be ahead Memphis Depay ($8.5m).

The most important concern is over health, with Louis van Gaal saying on November 11 that he would not be match sufficient to face Senegal in his facet’s opening sport however may characteristic off the bench.

He ought to be the principle attraction from a Fantasy perspective when he is again in control, on penalties and set performs in addition to posing the Oranje’s primary aim risk from open play.

Whereas the dozen objectives in qualification must be positioned into context (4 had been towards Gibraltar, for instance), he scored three from 4 appearances within the trickier latest 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 objectives in 10 qualifying video games, and is at all times distinctive within the nationwide staff. With one of many best teams, I feel he’s a no brainer.” – Evert Bronstring

Euro 2020 Fantasy managers will bear in mind Denzel Dumfries ($6.0m) with fondness and there is a cause that no defender within the FIFA sport is dearer.

“Denzel Dumfries bagged objectives 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 objectives 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 position as a wing-back aids his trigger to get ahead.

Nathan Ake ($5.0m) presently represents the most affordable route into the Dutch defence, if price range 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 formidable home marketing campaign has boosted his possibilities of extra sustained game-time in Qatar.

“Cody Gakpo is extra of a punt, as he may not be getting as a lot enjoying 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 incredible fashionable attacker and he is in the perfect type of his profession to date. If he will get a spot within the beginning XI, it is perhaps value a attempt.” – Evert Bronstring

PREDICTED LINE-UP

Here is how our correspondent reckon the Netherlands may line up of their opening sport:

(3-4-1-2): Pasveer; van Dijk, Timber, Ake; Dumfries, de Jong, de Roon*, Blind/Malacia**; Berghuis***, Janssen, Bergwijn.

*if again from damage in time
**Blind gave the impression to be locked within the beginning XI however he has had an terrible season to date and increasingly voices are calling for Malacia to play
***this may very well be a 50-50 with Gakpo

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