Netherlands v Chile - Match Preview: Former Chelsea winger key

Former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben will be key for the Netherlands as they aim to finish top of Group A when they clash with Chile.

To be played on Monday 23rd June 2014 at 17:00. Venue: Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo.

Odds: Netherlands 7/5, Draw 12/5, Chile 9/5

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Both sides will be keen to win this duel as the runner-up in this group will face the winners of Group A, which is likely to be Brazil. The winners will face Group A’s runner-up, and although they may be slightly easier than Brazil, it will still be a tough tie, with the opponents likely being either Croatia or Mexico.

The Netherlands only need a draw to stay top due to a better goal difference, but will be without joint-top scorer Robin van Persie due to suspension. Chile have shown how useful they can be, and Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez will prove pivotal to their chances.

Both sides have attacking interests. The Netherlands have scored eight goals in two games, while Chile have scored five. It will be a case of whose defence can hold up best.

Key stats

1) Arjen Robben has scored four goals in his last four World Cup appearances.

2) The Netherlands are unbeaten in their last 12 group games.

3) Alexis Sanchez has been involved in eight out Chile’s last 10 goals, six assists, one goal and his shot which Iker Casillas blocked led to Charles Aranguiz’s goal.

Five players to watch

Memphis Depay - At 20 years old, this wonder-kid grabbed the winner against Australia and in Va Persie’s absence, he will be looking to make his mark.

Alexis Sanchez - Such a key man to Chile’s chances, assists and goals, he will be massive for the South Americans.

Arjen Robben - With three goals already, the 'Golden Boot' will be definitely set in his thoughts of the former Chelsea and current Bayern Munich winger.

Arturo Vidal - Didn't get to prove his talent against Australia, but he did it in emphatic style against the holders of the World Cup. A man for the big occasions, he can certainly boss the midfield.

Wesley Sneijder - Without Van Persie, the Netherlands will be relying heavily on Sneijder - a man who can seemingly create chances from nothing.

Last time they met

These sides have never faced each other.

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