The Netherlands have played 8 matches against Argentina in total. The Dutch won 4 times and scored 13 goals. Argentina scored 6 and won just 1 match, although this was a important one: the final of the World Cup in 1978. A Messi inspired Argentina have won every game and have shut critics with their results. Although they have been far from convincing, they deserve to be here in the Last 4. The Albiceleste saw of Belgium in the Quarter Finals and will welcome back Sergio Aguero for this crucial game. The Netherlands have been the surprise packages, with not many expecting the Oranje to make it so far. They have been convincing in their displays, with the only falter being versus Costa Rica, when they couldn’t open up a very strict defence and had to win it with penalties, which they did, emphatically. They will welcome back defensive midfielder Nigel De Jong and will be relying on Arjen Robben to fire them to their second final in a row. Robin van Persie is a doubt for the Dutch, while Angel Di Maria is set to miss out too. This battle will need to live up to the hype and will the teams will look to emulate Germany who ruthlessly wrecked Brazil at Belo Horizonte.
Aaron Johnson’s views:
Prediction: Argentina 1 – 3 Netherlands
Argentina’s Man To Watch Out For: Rejuvenated striker, Gonzalo Higuain
Netherland’s Man To Watch Out For: Dutch Speedster, Arjen Robben
Argentina’s Weak Link: Absence of Di Maria piles the pressure on Messi even more
Netherland’s Weak Link: Lack of a world class defender to deal with the likes of Messi and Higuain
Dr. Joe N.H.’s views:
Prediction: Argentina 3 – 1 Netherlands
Argentina’s Man To Watch Out For: Lionel Messi
Netherlands’ Man To Watch Out For: Arjen Robben
Argentina’s Weak Link: Over reliance on Messi and the disability to compete with the pace of Robben.
Netherlands’ Weak Link: Messi’s form.