Australia v Netherlands - Match Preview: Can Van Persie and Robben eliminate the Socceroos?

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Netherlands will be on a high after thrashing Spain 5-1 in their first game, but they need to beat Australia to cement their progression.

To be played on Wednesday 18th June 2014 at 17:00. Venue: Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre.

Odds: Australia 12/1, Draw 5/1, Netherlands 2/9

Preview & injury news

Netherlands will be on cloud nine after Friday's result. Beating defending champions Spain 5-1 in their opening game will give them a lot of confidence to not only get out of the group, but to go all the way in this year's competition. 

The Dutch have no new injury concerns, despite defenders Ron Vlaar and Daley Blind missing training this week, both are expected to start for Louis Van Gaal. However they are expected to revert back to their more traditional 4-3-3 formation, putting forward Jermaine Lens up front alongside Van Persie and Robben, and Swansea midfielder Jonathan De Guzman is likely to be sacrificed from Friday's brilliant success.

For Australia, they will look to remain in their same 4-2-3-1 formation from their defeat to Chile, and their only change in the personnel is likely to be at right back. Ivan Franjic's World Cup is over after the full back suffered a torn hamstring, Ryan McGowan is likely to start in place of him. Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak and former Everton and Millwall midfielder Tim Cahill is likely to start for the Kangaroos.

Key stats

Australia have won one of their six World Cup clashes with nations with Europe.

Robin Van Persie has scored ten goals in his last nine appearances for his country.

Australia have won just two of their previous 11 World Cup matches.

5 players to watch

Robin Van Persie - The Dutch captain was outstanding on Friday scoring two goals, especially his first which was a superb header from outside the box. Van Gaal's talisman has been in great form for a long time for his country, and Australia will need to tame his talents.  

Tim Cahill - It is no secret Cahill is outstanding in the air, and Friday's goal was a prime example of his incredible leap and aerial prowess. It will be likely Ron Vlaar's job to nullify his aerial threat and prevent him from scoring a second of his tournament. 

Arjen Robben - Along with Van Persie, Robben was unplayable on Friday night. He is also in great form for his country, scoring seven goals in seven games for the team in orange. With the Dutch expected to go to 4-3-3 on Wednesday, he will be on the right of the front three, allowing him to come inside on his dangerous left foot. It's no secret of his but hard to stop, watch out for him.

Mile Jedinak - The Aussie captain had an outstanding season for Crystal Palace in the Premier League. It will be his job to protect his defence from counter attacks and the pace from the Dutch attacks, that proved so effective in their opener. He will have a huge task on his hands.

Daley Blind - Likely to move into his preferred midfield position, Blind will look to the involved in the Dutch attacks. He played two outstanding passes that set up to of the five, and as such the Ajax player has been linked with a move to Liverpool. Look out for his range of passing.

Last time they met

Australia 0-0 Netherlands, 10 October 2009, Sydney. (Friendly) 

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