The first knockout stage game of the 2022 World Cup is between the Netherlands and the United States. Visit our sportsbook to get the best World Cup markets and bonuses.
Draw Half-Time / Netherlands Full-Time (+350)
These two nations have locked horns five times before and the Netherlands have come away with four wins during that period. Despite losing the last encounter between the two countries 4-3 in 2015, we’re backing the Dutch to qualify for the quarterfinals.
Conceding just one goal, the Team USA defense has been strong and we expect them to frustrate a Dutch side that has looked a little uninspiring in the attacking areas. That was demonstrated by the fact they could only score two goals against a poor Qatar side.
The draw may become an appealing bet. The teams know the match can end in a draw after 90 minutes, but will require extra time to decide who will advance. We do expect a draw but only at halftime, with the Netherlands pushing more in the second half of the match. The Netherlands can pressure the USA back line better than any team the Americans have faced to this point and we will include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
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Winning Margin – Netherlands by 1 (+260)
The Americans are pretty solid at the back, but they don’t offer an awful lot going forward and this is where the Dutch excel. The Netherlands’ attacking firepower is well known and we expect them to improve in the knockout stages. The USMNT will have a defensive approach and the Dutch will dominate the game, but after they take the lead we expect them to stay back and consolidate their advantage.
Gakpo Anytime Goalscorer (+330)
While the Dutch may not have produced the most eye-catching of performances in the group stage, one player that has caught the attention of fans is 23-year-old winger Cody Gakpo. He was linked heavily with a move to the English Premier League in the summer before Man United chose Antony over the Dutchman in the end. That snub clearly hasn’t had a negative effect on Gakpo, who joined an elite list of Dutch icons when he scored in each of the three World Cup group games.
Gakpo has been one of the best players in this tournament, and overall, he’s been playing well throughout the entire season. For the moment, he’s Oranje’s best player and we expect him to be ultra-dangerous on Saturday.
PSV is reportedly unwilling to allow Gakpo to leave in the January transfer window, with reports adding that three or four clubs are in the race to sign him for a reported fee of $60m. If he continues to score and have a deep run in the tournament, the price will increase and there’s no way he will remain in the Eredivisie.