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Where are Netherlands vs Qatar playing?

Location: Al Khor, Qatar

Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium

Date: Tuesday 29 November

Kick-off Time: 15:00 GMT / 10:00 ET / 07:00 PT

Super Turtle predicted a victory for the Netherlands

The Netherlands is assessed to be stronger in this match. This will be the last game of the host.

Super Turtle trusted a win for the Netherlands but like other times, he did not predict the detailed results.

After such a disappointing showing against Ecuador last time out, the Netherlands will be keen to flex their attacking muscle again, especially when faced with such a weak Qatar side.

The Maroon's destiny has already been sealed and while they may play without a bit of pressure put on them in the opening games, the difference in quality between themselves and the Dutch will still be hugely telling.

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Parrot Manikutty: The Netherlands will win

Standing in front of two balls, he ignored both and stepped slowly towards the screen of the Netherlands.

The last group-stage match for the Netherlands is an encounter everyone predicts will be easy for the Dutchmen. They are the top favourites to progress to the round of 16 in Group A. They face the hosts Qatar, a team that has been battered by Ecuador and Senegal in the first two group-stage games. And while the Dutchmen haven't turned up offensively as many predicted, this should be their easiest game in the contest.

Qatar faces their most difficult test yet in the 2022 World Cup, which is to get at least a win or a point from the group-stage matches. The hosts have lost the first two games and are now the first team to exist in the competition with two group-stage matches to spare.

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Netherlands vs Qatar: head to head

Netherlands: 0 wins

Qatar: 0 wins

Draws: 0

This will be the first meeting between Netherlands and Qatar.

Netherlands team news

Van Gaal has been easing Memphis Depay back into the fold following injury and could make his first tournament start here.

Steven Berghuis may also be called into the starting XI in place of Teun Koopmeiners, while Davy Klaassen is likely to return to the bench.

The Netherlands topped the group after matchday two, but only just, after an uninspiring 1-1 draw against Ecuador that kept them above La Tri on goal difference, and a point ahead of third-placed Senegal.

Louis van Gaal’s side will go through if they avoid defeat on Tuesday and have history on their side as only in 1978 (versus Scotland) have the Netherlands lost their final group match at the World Cup (excluding second group phases), winning four and drawing three.

The experienced coach has acknowledged his team are yet to get going in Qatar, saying on Friday: “If we want to become world champions, we need to improve a lot, because the quality of the opponents we have yet to face is at a much higher level.”

A 2-0 win against Senegal in their opener felt somewhat fortunate, while they had to rely on the woodwork to prevent Ecuador from coming back from a goal down to beat them.

While Qatar are not one of those higher-quality opponents Van Gaal will have been referring to, the Dutch will need to ensure they are on their game at Al Bayt Stadium.

Speaking after defeat to Senegal on Friday, Sanchez said: “We intend to be competitive [against the Netherlands]. We cannot miss a chance like this to play against the Netherlands, so our plan, the goal is to play a good game.”

They could gain hope from the fact that the host country have won their final group match in five of the last six World Cups (including both Japan and South Korea as joint-hosts in 2002), with Russia losing 3-0 to Uruguay in 2018 in the other.

Netherlands predicted lineup vs Qatar

Netherlands Starting 11 (3-4-1-2): Noppert; Timber, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, Berghuis, F. De Jong, Blind; Gakpo; Memphis, Bergwijn

Bench: Bijlow, Pasveer, Frimpong, Malacia, De Ligt, De Vrij, Taylor, Koopmeiners, Klaassen, De Roon, Janssen, Lang, Simons, L. De Jong, Weghorst

Qatar team news

Qatar were much improved in the second half of their loss to Senegal, and so manager Felix Sanchez could call on some of the names who helped change the game.

Mohammed Muntari, having grabbed their first goal of the tournament, is in line for a start as a reward.

This was not the way Qatar will have wanted their home tournament to go.

With almost 12 years to prepare, the Maroons tried to put themselves in a position to be an inspirational underdog at their World Cup.

That has not proven to be the case, with defeats against Ecuador and Senegal seeing them become the first host nation ever to be eliminated after two games of a World Cup tournament.

Qatar still have one more match to go, though, and arguably the most glamorous one as they prepare to take on the Netherlands in their final outing.

Felix Sanchez’s men will not just want to claim a morale-boosting big scalp to go out on a high but will also be keen to avoid defeat as no host nation have ever lost as many as three matches at a World Cup.

Lneup:

Qatar Starting 11 (3-5-2): Barsham; Miguel, Khoukhi, Hassan; Mohammad, Boudiaf, Madibo, Al-Haydos, Ahmed; Afif, Muntari

Bench: Sheeb, Ali, Abdulsallam, Al-Hadhrami, Waad, Salman, Hatem, Assadalla, Kheder, Mashaal, Alaaeldin, Hajri, Ali, Mazeed

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