RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (SportingAlert.com) — Following their convincing 5-1 thrashing of Spain in the opening game, Group B favourites Netherlands will face Australia in the second game of the group stages here at Estadio Beira-Rio.
Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben, who both scored twice in the victory over the defending champions, lead that attack again for Holland, as they seek to book an early second round place.
The versatile Daley Blind, who has been linked with several clubs for their left-back position, moves up to play in midfield today, while Jonathan de Guzman, Nigel de Jong and Wesley Sneijder also start this contest.
Veteran Dirk Kuyt, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Georginio Wijnaldum and Jeremain Lens are amongst the substitutes today for the Dutch team.
For Australia, they will be hoping to rebound from the opening group fixture defeat to Chile and give themselves a chance of making the knock-off round.
Tim Cahill, who scored in the 3-1 defeat in the opener, Tommy Oar, Mathew Leckie and Jason Davidson are amongst the starters today.
Australia v Holland
Holland: Cillessen, Martins Indi, Vlaar, De Vrij, Janmaat, De Jong, Blind, de Guzman, Sneijder, van Persie, Robben. Subs: Vorm, Verhaegh, Veltman, Kongolo, Kuyt, Clasie, Lens, Fer, Huntelaar, Wijnaldum, Depay, Krul.
Australia: Ryan, McGowan, Wilkinson, Spiranovic, Davidson, Leckie, Jedinak, McKay, Oar, Bresciano, Cahill. Subs: Langerak, Wright, Taggart, Halloran, Bozanic, Troisi, Holland, Vidosic, Luongo, Galekovic.
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)