Preview: Netherlands v Chile

2014-06-23 12:54
Arjen Robben (Supplied)
Arjen Robben (Supplied)
Cape Town - The Netherlands and Chile will lock horns at Arena Corinthians on Monday with top spot in Group B on the line.

Both the Dutch and Chileans enter final round of group-stage fixtures already guaranteed a place in the last-16 following their respective 100% records in Brazil so far.

It is the Netherlands, though, who currently sit top of the standings on goal difference, largely thanks to their 5-1 thrashing of defending champions Spain in their opener, before seeing off Australia 3-2.

Chile, meanwhile, were also able to overcome the same opposition, downing the Socceroos 3-1 before ending Spain's title defence with a 2-0 win in Rio De Janeiro on Wednesday.

Louis van Gaals' men now need only a draw to enter the first knockout round as group winners, although with a potential last-16 clash against hosts Brazil awaiting the group's runner-up, the coach may opt against resting his star men in a bid to nail down the necessary result.

That means Arjen Robben, one of the Dutch's starring men at this year's World Cup, could again start, although Chile do not have such a luxury as both Juventus star Arturo Vidal and Internacional`s Charles Aranguiz are rated as doubtful after missing training this weekend.

Kickoff is at 6pm local time tonight. Follow all the action with Sport24's live updates.

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