Netherlands and Croatia will battle it out in the UEFA Nations League semis for a place in Sunday’s final.
The Dutch topped League A Group 4 to make the final stages, while Croatia came up trumps over reigning champions France in League A Group 1.
Netherlands bagged 16 points from a possible 18 against Belgium, Poland and Wales to sail through to the final four.
Ronald Koeman’s side also scored 14 goals in the process, the most by any nation in the group stages.
Netherlands have also lost just once in 9 Nations League matches, a 1-0 defeat to Italy in 2020.
Meanwhile, Croatia recovered from a horrific start – in which they lost 3-0 to Austria – to string together a five-game unbeaten run.
They have won their last 3 away games in the competition, making this match even more difficult to call.
The winner of this semifinal will either play against Spain or Italy in Sunday’s final.
What time does Netherlands vs Croatia start?
The game kicks off at 9:45pm Kenyan time at de Kuip Stadium.
Netherlands vs Croatia team news
The biggest concern for the hosts is the absence of talisman Memphis Depay who is suffering from a calf injury.
Ryan Gravenberch, Steven Berghuis, Stefan de Vrij and Jeremie Frimpong are also all absent from the squad.
Nathan Ake will feature despite just winning the Champions League with Man City, as well as Denzel Dumfries.
Liverpool’s Cody Gakpo will be deployed in the forward role in Depay’s absence.
For the visitors, Luka Modric will captain the side in his midfield role alongside Matteo Kovacic.
Ivan Perisic is also fit to start and Andrej Kramaric will also return to the starting XI.
Netherlands vs Croatia head to head
Out of the 3 games played between these two teams, each has won once and the other resulted in a draw.
Netherlands vs Croatia current form
Both teams have won three out of their last five games – though Croatia have only lost once in that duration compared to Netherlands’ two defeats.
Netherlands vs Croaita prediction
Goals are not an issue for either side and they are both expected to score in this game, with over 1.5 goals expected.