Netherlands vs. Spain: Key Selection Decisions for Louis van Gaal

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Netherlands vs. Spain: Key Selection Decisions for Louis van Gaal
Ermindo Armino/Associated Press

In what will be a replay of the 2010 final, the Netherlands will face Spain in their opening match of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on Friday. 

Manager Louis van Gaal, who has had plenty of time to analyse his opponents, will likely employ a 5-3-2 formation.

As seen in the Netherlands' three preparatory friendlies, this formation will allow the Dutch to sit deep and lurk for the counter. It will also allow them to perfectly accommodate their three best players: Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie.

With this in mind, we know who will play as the two strikers and the attacking midfielder. However, we can't be as certain about a few other positions. 

Ahead of the match, Van Gaal still has a couple of decisions to make. Here, we explore the manager's options.

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