Netherlands played out a 3-2 thriller against Ukraine with Denzel Dumfries scoring the winner at the death. Frank De Boer will stick to his three-man backline that just about secured all three points on the night. A win against Austria will guarantee them a spot in the last 16 stages and probably win Group B.
Austria registered their first-ever win at the Euros in their third appearance in the competition by beating debutant North Macedonia 3-1. They will also look for a victory to diminish their previous disappointments in the tournament. It will be quite a game to watch.
Netherlands vs Austria Match Details :
When: Thursday, June 17th/ Friday, June 18th
Timing: 00:30 (IST), 21:00 (CET)
Where: Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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NET vs AUT Dream11 Team News :
Injuries & Suspensions
The big news from the Netherlands dugout is that star defender Mattias de Ligt will be fit for selection. Dutch coach Frank de Boer confirmed in a pre match conference that the 21-year-old is ready to go. He is most likely to start the game. The rest of the squad is fit for the match.
Austria received a big blow after they heard the news of their star striker Marko Arnautovic being handed a one-match ban on Wednesday. The 32 year old directed insults to North Macedonia's Ezgjan Alioski after scoring the last goal of a 3-1 win. It was believed to be racist because Alioski family roots are from Albania. Arnautovic denied such claims but will serve the ban anyway for being insulting. There are no other issues.
NET vs AUT Predicted Lineups :
Netherlands: Maarten Stekelenburg; Jurrien Timber, Stefan de Vrij, Matthias de Ligt, Denzel Dumfries, Marten de Roon, Frenkie de Jong, Georginio Wijnaldum, Owen Wijndal, Memphis Depay, Wout Weghorst
Austria: Daniel Bachmann; Alexander Dragovic, David Alaba, Martin Hinteregger, Stefan Lainer, Konrad Laimer, Xahev Schlager, Marcel Sabitzer, Andreas Ulmer, Christoph Baumgartner, Sasa Kalajdzic
NET vs AUT Head to Head :
Netherlands and Austria have clashed with each other 18 times with the Dutch emerging victorious in the last 6. Netherlands have also scored two or more goals in each of those games in that period. On the other hand, Austria hasn't beaten them since 1990 and not in major competitions since the 1984 FIFA World Cup. It will be quite a task to sink this dismissal record into the water.
NET vs AUT Dream11 Team Prediction :
GK: Daniel Bachmann (Aut)
DEF: Denzel Dumfries (Net), Stefan de Vrij (Net), Mattias de Ligt (Net), David Alaba (Aut),
MID: Stefan Lainer (Aut), Georginio Wijnaldum (Net), Frenkie De Jong (Net), Marcel Sabitzer (Aut)
FW: Wout Weghorst (Net), Memphis Depay (Net)
Netherlands goalkeeper position is a little bit rocky so it is safe to go for Austria's Daniel Bachmann instead. De Ligt will most likely begin the game against Austria after shrugging off an injury partnered by De Vrij and the ever-impressive David Alaba. Stefan Lainer played an admirable game against North Macedonia and he should be an automatic choice. So are De Jong, Sabitzer and the in-form Dutch forwards.
Netherlands will book their place in the later rounds of Euro 2020 with a convincing win over Austria. The guest may spring a problem or two but it won't stop the host from having the last laugh of the day. Despite snatching a late winner over Ukraine, De Boer's tactics have been effective and will be doing the trick for this game as well.
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