When Belgium and the Netherlands met on 3 June 2022, the visitors ran out 4-1 winners in Brussels. It must be admitted that this match took place shortly after the domestic season ended and when the players were desperate to take a break after a long season, although Louis van Gaal has certainly brought about a transformation when it has come to the national side.

Van Gaal has returned to the Netherlands national set-up for the third time and the former Manchester United coach clearly knows how to create a winning team, although it helps when you have talented young players making this a side who can potentially challenge deep when it comes to the action in Qatar.

It has been a long time since Holland actually lost a game, with the Dutch going unbeaten in 2022 and there have been some eye-catching wins. They are also an exciting team and a 3-2 win against Wales highlighted that they are confident of outscoring the opposition due to the firepower at their disposal.

Memphis Depay averages more than one goal every two games for his country, while Belgium are a team who can also boast a degree of firepower. Roberto Martinez’s side flexed their attacking muscle to win 6-1 against Poland in June, with Leandro Trossard likely to become increasingly involved in the team.


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