The Netherlands return to the World Cup Finals having missed out on the 2018 edition in Russia. They have made it to the World Cup Final on three occasions, losing them all. Their most recent defeat came when losing 1-0 to Spain in 2010, having previously been defeated in the 1974 and 1978 finals. They finished in third place at their most recent World Cup in 2014. The Dutch are always respected in major tournaments but will have to put a disappointing EURO 2020 behind them.
Oranje topped their qualifying group for Qatar 2022, losing only one game. They lost their opening game 4-2 to Turkey but then conceded just four goals in the next nine games. They inflicted revenge on Turkey with a 6-1 home victory before ending the campaign with a 2-0 success over Norway.
During the inaugural Nations League tournament, they made it to the Final, having topped their group and beaten England 3-1 in the Semi-finals. However, they lost 1-0 in the final to hosts Portugal.
While the 2022-23 edition of the Nations League is ongoing, the Netherlands are in a solid position to make it to the finals again. They top the group after four games and are three points ahead of their pursuing rivals. In June 2022, they beat Wales on two occasions with goals in added time, having conceded equalisers just moments before.
The Netherlands have a young and exciting squad heading to Qatar and will be hoping to make it far in this tournament. They should easily make it out of this group, and a quarter-final spot should be the minimum achievement for this team. The Dutch have a rich history in this tournament and are not to be discounted under Louis Van Gaal.
Netherlands World Cup Group
Match Day 1
Senegal vs Netherlands
21st November 2022, 16:00 UK Time, Al Thumama Stadium
Match Day 2
Netherlands vs Ecuador
25th November 2022, 16:00 UK Time, Khalifa International Stadium
Match Day 3
Netherlands vs Qatar
29th November 2022, 15:00 UK Time, Al Bayt Stadium
Netherlands 2022 World Cup Squad
Memphis Depay has been an excellent performer on the international stage and has 42 goals in 80 games. He burst onto the scene with PSV Eindhoven and earned a move to Manchester United, which sadly did not go to plan. He spent four years at Lyon, scoring 63 league goals before a dream move to Barcelona in 2021. He became the youngest Dutchman to score in a World Cup Finals when netting the winner against Australia in 2014. He also found the net against Chile in the same tournament.
Virgil Van Dijk, the side’s captain, is renowned as one of the best defenders in world football. Since joining Liverpool in 2018, he has won the UEFA Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup. A strong centre-back, he has both pace and impeccable timing, making it extremely difficult for attackers to pass him. As a result, he will be a crucial figure if the Dutch progress through this competition.
Frenkie de Jong was part of the young Ajax side which made it to the Champions League Semi-finals in the 2018-19 season. His performances in the competition attracted the attention of Barcelona, whom he joined in the summer of 2019. However, things have not been plain sailing with the Catalan giants, and he has recently been linked with a move to Manchester United, linking up with former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag. He has excellent ability on the ball and is known for his wide range of passing.
Netherlands World Cup Odds
Despite never winning the competition, the Netherlands are still leading players in world football. They have made it to the final on three occasions and have also been knocked out in the semis in both 1998 and 2014. Odds of 14/1 are on offer to the Dutch to end their major tournament drought.
Netherlands World Cup Predictions
As likely winners of the group, the Netherlands should be making it to the Quarter-final stage of the competition. They are currently 11/4 to make the semi-finals, and these could easily be achievable results. A clash with Argentina in the quarter-finals is possible if both teams win their group and progress through the Round of 16.
Memphis Depay could rack up the goals in a group low on quality in the opening round - he’s 25/1 to be the tournament’s top goal scorer.
The Dutch are never a team to be forgotten about at a major tournament. They should progress through the group easily and would be favourites to win their Round of 16 tie. They will face a more challenging task in the quarters but will be hoping to make it to another semi-final - 11/4 is currently on offer for them to reach this stage.