NED vs SPA Dream11: Spain travels to Amsterdam to take on the Netherlands for the international friendlies in a replay of the 2010 World Cup finals. The Dutchmen are winless since their win against Poland in September. They have since failed to beat Italy twice, Mexico and Bosnia and find themselves third in their Nations League group, albeit just 2 points off the top. Spain has had a rather inconsistent time this year with wins followed by draws or losses. They suffered a surprise 1-0 loss to Ukraine in their last game. Despite this, they are currently top of their Nations League group, with a point’s lead over Germany.
Fixture name & competition: The Netherlands vs Spain, International Friendlies
Date & Time: 12th November, 1:15 am (IST)
Venue: Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam
NED – DDLLW
SPA – LWDWD
Head-to-head (last five meetings): The Netherlands have won 4 of their last 5 games against Spain. The only game they lost was 2010 World Cup finals.
Last meeting: Netherlands 2-0 Spain (International Friendlies, 31st March 2015)
Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network, SonyLiv
A) Netherlands Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: The Netherlands do not have any injury concerns for this game.
Expected changes: Despite the lack of injuries, a lot of squad rotation can be expected. Tim Krul is likely to start in goal, with Stefan de Vrij replacing the injured Virgil van Dijk and Patrick can Aanholt will get a shot at left-back. Davy Klaassen is back in the Dutch team and could be given a start in midfield, partnering Donny van de Beek and Georginio Wijnaldum. Ryan Babel may return to the team with Feyenoord’s Steven Berghuis getting called to the squad, both playing on either side of the skipper, Memphis Depay for the NED vs SPA Dream11 Prediction.
NED Playing 11 (probable):
Tim Krul (GK)
Stefan de Vrij
Patrick van Aanholt
Donny van de Beek
B) Spain Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Spain has a few absentees in Thiago Alcantara, Jesus Navas and Ansu Fati who have all withdrawn with injuries. Rodrigo Moreno has tested positive for Covid-19 and will not be available for this fixture.
Expected changes: Alvaro Morata, Hector Bellerin and Marcos Llorente have all received a call-up and will be looking forward to starting. Real Sociedad midfielder, Mikel Merino, is likely to start in midfield, alongside Rodri and Sergio Canales. Pau Torres and Sergio Ramos should be the starting centre-back pairing. Hector Bellerin and Jose Gaya will start at right and left-back positions respectively. Kepa Arrizabalaga will get a look in ahead of David de Gea.
SPA Playing 11 (probable):
Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK)
The Netherlands and Spain have 3 wins in the last 10 games between them and both sides will look to use this game to steady the ship. Paddy Power and Coral have slightly preferred a Spain with a win at 2.40 and 2.45 respectively and the Netherlands win at 2.88. It should be a cagey game as both sides have averaged 0.33 goals in their last 3 games with the new manager, Frank de Boer, is still searching for this first win as Dutch manager. Luis Enrique has mixed things up to accommodate the injuries but will fancy Spain’s chances in the NED vs SPA Today Match Prediction.
Captain Options –
The Netherlands –
Memphis Depay – The Lyon forward has scored 5 goals and provided 3 assists this season with a goal contribution every 84.6 minutes. He has also created a massive 41 chances while provided 37 key passes so far. He has a shot conversion rate of 50% with 5 goals from just 10 shots on target. He has also completed 25 successful dribbles.
Steven Berghuis – Berghuis has been called up to the Dutch squad after an excellent campaign with Feyenoord 8 goals and 5 assists in just 11 starts this season with a goal contribution every 71.8 minutes. He has also provided 29 key passes and created 34 chances so far. With 26 shots on target, 13 successful dribbles and 17 accurate crosses, he will be a constant threat to Spain.
Davy Klaassen – Klaassen has been excellent since his return to Ajax this season with 4 goals in 4 starts in the Eredivisie. He has a pass accuracy of 91% and has created 14 goal scoring chances. Only 2 of his shots on target have not found the net and he will look to continue this clinical performance for the national team as well.
Alvaro Morata – Morata is reviving his career of sorts at Juventus with 6 goals an 2 assists this season with 4 of those coming in the Champions League which has earned him his Spain call-up. He has 14 key passes and has created 16 chances as well this season. Having completed 11 dribbles and 8 shots on target, he will want to seal his spot in Spain’s lineup.
Daniel Olmo – Olmo’s RB Leipzig side have an impressive start to the season, losing just 1 game in all competitions. He has provided 3 assists for them in that time and created 25 goal scoring opportunities. He also got an assist for Spain against Ukraine where he created 5 goal scoring chances and maintained a passing accuracy of 85% in 2 starts.
Marcos Llorente – Llorente has received his first national team call-up thanks to his 4 goals and 2 assists this season. 83% of his shots have been on target and only 2 have not found the net. His 16 goal-scoring chances will come in handy against the Dutch defence as well.
Differential picks –
Donny van de Beek – Donny van de Beek has struggled for game time this season but it has been clear that Manchester United have scored more goals when he has been involved in the game. For the Netherlands, he has a goal in 2 starts, a passing accuracy of 84%, 100% of his shots were on target and he also completed all his attempted dribbles.
Mikel Merino – Mikel Merino’s Real Sociedad have done very well to sit on top of the La Liga table. He has created 37 chances this season and will look to sit behind the likes of Llorente, Morata and Olmo and from the edge of the final third.