Netherlands Vs Japan Dream11 Prediction: The SportsRush brings you the Dream11 prediction between the Netherlands and Japan.
The last match of the Women’s World Cup Round of 16 is already here, as the Netherlands are set to face off against Japan in Rennes. Both countries have only one clean sheet in the tournament but the attacking plethora of the Dutch team gives them a slight edge over their opponents. Holland won all three games in the group stage five goals and conceding only one. Japan, on the other hand, finished second with four points.
Netherlands Vs Japan Dream11 Team
Sari van Veenendaal: The Dutch goalkeeper and captain has as many clean sheets as her Japanese comparative. However, Sari is the safer bet in this tie in this match. Agile, tall and quick to catch crosses, the Arsenal goalkeeper is my first choice.
Kika van Es: Starting left back for Holland and Ajax, van Es is an absolute machine. She’s fast, agile and her history as a forward helps her take on defenders on the flank. The 27-year-old is a good passer and creates space for her wingers to attack into upfront.
Dominique Bloodworth: Another Arsenal player in this Dutch team, Bloodworth is a boulder of a centre back. She’s very good at winning aerial duels and puts in long balls throughout the match for her forwards.
Risa Shimizu: Japan have arguably the most nibble footed fullbacks in the cup. Shimizu created one of the highest chances against England including 2 key passes. She’s most likely to register an assist, or even a goal against Japan.
Emi Nakajima: Japan’s no. 7 is the first choice right midfielder for her team in their Midfield 4. Nakajima is a very good dribbler and will face a very tough test against van Es in the upcoming match. She can deliver pinpoint passes into the box when she moves upwards on the wing.
Narumi Muira: Through ball expert, Narumi Muira is a must have in the team. She plays Central Midfield for her team but paves her way ahead like an attacking midfielder. The 21-year-old has started two games for Japan, and could be the difference in midfield Japan needs.
Sherida Spitse: Spitse starts as a central midfielder for the Oranje but her incredible work ethic means she’s seen near the box of both ends. Her role is very similar to that of a Box-to-Box midfielder. Spitse completed 100% of her long balls against New Zealand, and won more than half of all her duels. Spitse likes to run to the edge of the flank and put in crosses which gives her an edge over other midfielders.
Jill Roode: The 23-year-old Arsenal midfielder is a super sub for her team. She comes in as a sub in every game and occupies the central midfield spot. Jill has scored one goal in the tournament after coming on against New Zealand. Her ability to act as a dynamic attacker gives her a lot of freedom and she can bail Holland out of a dangerous situation.
Vivianne Miedema(C): 22-year-old Vivianne leads the line for the Netherlands in the World Cup. After an average performance against New Zealand, she scored a brace against Cameroon. She’s a very confident striker and will take any chance she gets in front of goal against what is an underperforming Japan defence.
Yuika Sugasawa(VC): Sugasawa is Japan’s best bet to find the back of the net. She’s incredibly fast and has already scored once in the tournament. She is Japan’s first choice spot-kick taker, and almost always finds the net from dead ball situations.
Mana Iwabichu: Sugasawa’s partner in crime, Iwabichu completes Japan’s strike partnership. She’s a poacher by trait and helps Yuika rack some assists because of her passing skills. They both form a very good bond upfront for Japan.
Disclaimer: This team is made on the basis of our research for the game. This XI is what we think would work – you’re free to choose your own XI.