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The 2023 Women’s World Cup group stage treats us to a juicy contest between the finalists of the last World Cup in 2019. In France, the Americans previewed 2-0 in the final. Can the Dutch ladies find small revenge now with a group-stage win? Or are the USWNT about to record their 11th consecutive World Cup win? With the game promising to be exciting here are our USWNT vs Netherlands predicted lineups and also the latest USWNT vs Netherlands team news.
The game is scheduled for Thursday, July 27th and will be played in Wellington, New Zealand at the Wellington Regional Stadium. The kick-off time is 02:00 GMT, 0r 22:00 ET. Now, let’s delve straight and look at all the team news and also at our predictions for USWNT vs Netherlands lineups.
USWNT predicted lineup: Does anyone in the team even knows what it feels like to lose a game?
USWNT made it 10 consecutive World Cup wins with their 3-0 triumph over Vietnam in the first round of the group. Smith had a memorable World Cup debut and was the Player of the Match. The Americans boast an impressive 24-2 goal difference in those 10 wins too and no player in the current squad knows what it feels to lose a World Cup match. The last time USWNT lost in the World Cup was 2011 final vs Japan, since then the USWNT lineup has wracked up 25 wins and 1 draw in World Cups.
The Americans know that the coming match won’t be easy though. They were pushed hard during the 2019 World Cup final by the Netherlands. Also, in their most recent meeting during the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, the quarterfinal between the sides finished 2-2 and the USWNT won only after a penalty shootout.
USWN team news
Coach Vlatko Andonovski was somewhat critical of his players after the first game. The Americans scored just 3 goals vs Vietnam despite registering 27 shots. This is what he said on that: “At the end, I just felt like we needed to be a little bit better with the final shot.”
The USWNT team news is all positive with the camp enjoying a clean bill of health right now. This will suggest that after the solid opening display, the gaffer might opt to keep the squad unchanged.
USWNT Predicted Lineups (4-3-3):
Naeher – Fox, Ertz, Girma, Dunn – Demelo, Sullivan, Horan – Rodman, Morgan, Smith
Netherlands predicted lineup: Can the desire for revenge be a strong enough motivator?
The defeated finalists of the last World Cup the Netherlands started this year’s tournament with a deserved 1-0 win vs Portugal. Van der Gragt’s early goal proved more than enough for the Dutch ladies. The Netherlands are known for their fast starts to games and they have now scored a first-half goal in 7 of their last 8 matches.
Since changing managers last summer after a disappointing Euros the Netherlands are on the rise again. Under their new coach Andreas Jonker they recorded 8 wins in 11 matches. Jonker’s preference to use 3 centre-backs and active wing-backs makes the Netherlands a team very hard to score against.
Netherlands team news
The Netherlands come into this match without any injury concerns. This could mean an unchanged starting lineup.
Here is how we think the Netherlands women will line up in this opening game.
Netherlands Predicted Lineups (3-5-2):
Van Domselaar – Spitse, Van der Gragt, Janssen – Pelova, Roord, Groenen, Van de Donk, Brugts – Beerensteyn, Martens
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