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How Netherlands could line up against Qatar

How Netherlands could line up against Qatar

Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal has a big decision when it comes to the involvement of Memphis Depay in Tuesday’s World Cup contest with tournament hosts Qatar.

Having picked up four points from their opening two games in Group A, Holland only need a point to ensure that they will be present in the last-16 stage of the competition.

Due to his injury problems this season, Memphis has only featured as a second-half substitute in his side’s first two matches of the competition, but the Barcelona attacker could now come into the XI.

Van Gaal could make a couple of changes from the side that took to the field for the first whistle against Ecuador on Friday, which finished 1-1.

Memphis might come in for Davy Klaassen, while there is also expected to be a return for Steven Berghuis, with Teun Koopmeiners likely to be the player to drop out of the midfield.

Jurrien Timber was given the nod at the back alongside Virgil van Dijk and Nathan Ake against Ecuador and that could again be the case here, with Matthijs de Ligt remaining on the bench.

Van Gaal will be hoping that his side can score a couple of early goals, which would allow him to make changes as the match developed.

Cody Gakpo has scored twice in the competition, and the PSV Eindhoven attacker, who continues to be linked with Manchester United, will again be a certain starter here.

Netherlands possible starting lineup: Noppert; Timber, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, Berghuis, F de Jong, Blind; Gakpo; Bergwijn, Memphis

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