Netherlands are one of the sides that are unbeaten at this stage of the FIFA World Cup and need to beat Argentina if they are to maintain this record.

Netherlands are one of the sides that are unbeaten at this stage of the FIFA World Cup and need to beat Argentina if they are to maintain this record.

The two sides battle it out in the quarterfinals on Friday, with a victory guaranteeing a semi final battle against either Brazil or Croatia.

The Dutch topped Group A before beating USA 3-1 in the round of 16 to set up this mouthwatering encounter.

Lionel Messi’s Argentina also topped Group C before they edged Australia 2-1 in the round of 16 courtesy of goals from him and Julian Alvarez.

Louis Van Gaal’s side are in search of history as they continue to seek a first ever World Cup title after losing three finals in 1974, 1978 and 2010.

Argentina are also almost as desperate as their opponents to break their 36-year duck, with their two World Cup wins coming in 1978 and 1986.

They have also been runners-up on three occasions – in 1930, 1990 and more recently in 2014 when they lost 1-0 to eventual winners Germany.

A win for Argentina will potentially set up a magical South American revenge match against favorites Brazil.

Can the Dutch win to remain on course for a first ever World Cup triumph? Make your predictions here.

What time does Netherlands vs Argentina start?

The game kicks off at 10pm Kenyan time at the Lusail Stadium.

Netherlands vs Argentina team news

The Dutch have a fully fit squad to choose from and are unlikely to make changes to the side that beat USA.

Virgil Van Dijk and Nathan Ake will continue to be the preferred pair at the back to protect Remko Passveer in goal.

Memphis Depay started the last game and came up with a goal as well, he is fit and will retain his place in the starting XI.

Cody Gakpo has already scored 3 goals in the competition and is a contender for the Golden Boot, he will continue to lead the attacking line.

Messi, who has also scored 3 goals in Qatar, will be the focal point of the Argentine attack in an XI that will remain unchanged.

Papu Gomez is the only notable absentee from the squad with an ankle injury.

Lautaro Martinez has been far from impressive and will feature from the bench as Alvarez starts.

Netherlands vs Argentina head to head

These sides have played against each other 9 times and the Netherlands have won 4 times, compared to Argentina’s 3 victories.

Only two games between them have resulted in a stalemate.

Netherlands vs Argentina current form

The Dutch come into the game unbeaten in their last five games, winning four and sharing the spoils in another game, a 1-1 draw against Ecuador.

Meanwhile, Argentina have lost once in that run, the shock 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia but have won the remaining four games.

Netherlands vs Argentina prediction

Despite the odds favoring Argentina, this is expected to be a very closely-contested affair with both teams almost certainly tipped to score.

The game could be decided after the 90 minutes.

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