AUS vs NED Dream 11 Team: Netherlands look to assure themselves of a top 4 spot while table toppers Australia look to veer clear of Belgium and make first place theirs
Netherlands Vs Australia FIH Pro League Best Dream 11 Team
We are down to the closing stages of the FIH Pro League and as the league gets ready to wrap up its league matches, Saturday brings us a top 4 clash. Its Netherlands and Australia who’ll be facing off in each side’s 14th fixture of the frontier tournament with different agendas playing on the minds of both the sides.
With just two matches left for our competitors today in the FIH Pro League, for these top 4 sides it’s all about ironing out the prevalent issues ahead of the semi-finals. Both Australia and Netherlands head into today’s clash not only looking to assure themselves of their respective spots but also tune their sides ahead of the pivotal top 4 clashes which will play a decisive role in their qualification to the Japan 2020 Olympic Qualifiers.
For Australia, this match is all about making the first position their own. Currently four points clear of second placed Belgium, a win for Australia would mean they end the league stages as the top placed side, a massive boost for themselves heading into the semi-finals. Elsewhere for Netherlands, with Germany still only two points behind them, the pressure continues to remain as they look to put distance between themselves and the Germans.
Losing their penalty shoot-out to Argentina 3-2 after normal time saw things ending on parity at 2-2, Netherlands spree of wins was not only stemmed but they also allowed Argentina to make up much lost ground. Just the one point separates Netherlands and Argentina in third and fourth position at the moment, something which will make Netherlands extra cautious ahead of their last two matches.
Meanwhile, Australia pulled off their biggest win of the league when they defeated World Cup winners Belgium 2-0, a win which saw them veer clear of the world number one ranked team. It was a performance which imbedded perfect attacking skills along with a rousing defensive pefromance, one that saw Australia potentially make first place all their own.
Australia look to come out of this winners, not only based by their previous performance but the fact that they managed to completely close the doors on the most ravishing attacking side in the league. Whilst this is a match between equals by the look of things and the number of goal scored and conceded, Australia by far have the better experience and know how imbued in them to parry Netherlands away. Australia should win this and emerge to the semi-finals in first place while Netherlands will continue to fight it out for the fourth place.
Goal-Keeper for AUS vs NED Dream 11
Sam van der Ven comes into our side for two reasons. Out of all the available options, he’s the most nailed down to get the maximum playing time and if Netherlands are to win this he needs to be at the forefront of his game to parry away the ever increasing barrage of shots.
Defenders for AUS vs NED Dream 11
The options in defence are just too good to not indulge in. Laying down the framework for compelling and illustrious success for both the teams have been the men at the back who have thwarted not only anything thrown at them but have played an integral part in attacking as well.
This high octane match will see the defenders play a quissential role once again and that sees us pick up four players, two from either side. Coming in from Australia are Jeremy Hayward and Matt Dawson while Netherlands will be represented by the big names in Mink van der Weerden and Jonas de Geus.
Midfielders for AUS vs NED Dream 11
We have opted for the two man partnership of Aran Zalewski and Daniel Beale from Australia for this facet. They have ensured their side canters to first place with dutiful performances, regaling us in some enchanting showings and we see them only upping the ante come Netherlands.
Netherlands on the other hand will see only the lone selection of Billy Bakker in our Dream 11 side but a selection who is our than enough from their side in this department.
Forwards for AUS vs NED Dream 11
The third and final section was the most awaited by us. With 74 goals in between them in 26 matches, these two teams have been a testament to attacking hockey, emphatically plundering goals at will. We see Australia outscoring Netherlands in this one and staying true to that have reserved two spots for their strikes.
The revered duo of Blake Govers and Tim Brand comes in from Australia while Netherlands will see Mirco Pruijser come in for us.
Captain And Vice-Captain
We have gone with Govers as our captain while the vice-captain pick is Jeremy Hayward.
FIH Pro League
Match: Netherlands Vs Australia
Date And Time: 22nd June, Saturday- 6:30pm IST
Venue: Wagener Hockey Stadium, Amstelveen