Both teams are already assured of a place in the round of 16 but know the loser of this match will face the winner of Group A — most likely Brazil.SAO PAULO — With both teams having already qualified for the knockout stage, there have been questions asked about whether the respective coaches will be tempted by the possibility of rotation. But Louis van Gaal and Jorge Sampaoli are likely to name their best available lineups in the bid to avoid Brazil in the next round.
Van Gaal is forced into at least two changes due to the suspension of Robin van Persie following successive yellow cards and the concussion to Bruno Martins Indi that has seen the Feyenoord defender sit out training in recent days. The 22-year-old trained on an exercise bike Friday, but is unlikely to be rushed given the Dutch’s qualification is already secured.
While Memphis Depay is highly likely to start in Van Persie’s absence, Van Gaal has more than one option when it comes to replacing Martins Indi. A switch to 4-3-3 could see Klaas-Jan Huntelaar start, but persistence with a back three will open the door to Joel Veltman or Terence Kongolo.
Sampaoli may be left sweating over the fitness of Arturo Vidal and Charles Aranguiz. Both missed training Friday, with Carlos Carmona on standby to take one of the spots that may become available.