Argentina vs Holland Preview Lineups & Predictions (WC 2014)

by Sameer Arshad | Posted on Sunday, July 6th, 2014 | 84

Gonzalo Higuain goal vs Belgium was enough to get Argentina a 1-0 win over Belgium and put them in the Semifinals first time after 1990 world cup, Holland on the other hand had to dig deep and keep their composur in the game against Costa Rica to win the game on penalties. Van Gaal put his authority with Inspired Tim Krul substitution for penalties. Next up we have a mouth waterning contest between Holland vs Argentina in the second Semifinal.

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Short Match Preview & Team News:

Argentina disposed off a very talented highly rated Beglium side in the quarter finals with a narrow 1-0 win, with a goal coming from Gonzalo Higuain in the first half. Lionel Messi had another good game although he failed to score but his overall contribution is massive for this Argentina side. Holland on the other hand had to win on penalties against a very stubborn Costa Rica side who refused to give up after Holland’s late surge for the game in normal time. First 70 minutes were dull but boy the game exploded after 70 minute mark with Holland creating chance after chance and Costa Rica just hang in there. Watch Live Streaming of Argentina vs Holland

Watch Argentina matches liveArgentina Team News: Angle Di Maria is a doubt for Holland clash which will be on 9th July he suffered a nasty injury which might keep him out of the semifinals. Apart from that Messi and company did not get any major injury in the belgium game. Sergio Aguero should be fit for the semifinal clash and he might start alongside Messi and Higuain.

Holland Live StreamingNetherlands Team News: Jasper Cillessen will surely start in goal for Holland even though he was replaced by Tim Krul at the start of Penalty shootout against Costa Rica. While Nigel De Jong is still a doubt to start in the semifinal which means Georginio Wijnaldum might keep his place in the central midfield role.

Possible Starting Lineups Holland vs Argentina:

Even if Aguero is fit he might start from the bench while in case Di Maria’s cant make it to the semifinals we might see Enzo Perez playing in central midfield role.

Match Predictions:

Holland have been playing with 5-2-3 formation in the world cup so and lately Dirk Kuyt played as right full back and Van Gaal might go with the same system as this has proven quite fruitful so far. Argentina on the other hand depend massively on Lionel Messi and this might just be his year to lead his team to glory.

Argentina has played brilliantly as a defensive unit in the last two knockout games keeping two clean sheets and if they can repeat that against Holland surely Messi can get them a goal or two. I like Holland and they are treat to watch going forward with Robben running circles around defenders (Robben is the fastest footballer in the world) and he has been the best player in the world cup by far. It is pretty much a Messi-v-Robben game and who ever come on top will lead his team to 2014 finals.

Looking at the performance of both teams in the world cup so far, I think Holland are slight favourites but I am going with a Argentina win and a Brazil vs Argentina final (That will be epic). What you think of this semifinal clash ? who you think can win this and why, let us know in the comments below.

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