The Dutch go to Durban in search of a second win and a better performance.
Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk is expected to stick with the same line-up that faced Denmark in their opening game. Arjen Robben has been training on his own this week as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury and is unlikely to be risked.
Japan coach Takeshi Okada opted for an ultra-defensive 4-1-4-1 formation against Cameroon, and is expected to field the same starting XI against the Dutch.
One booking from suspension: De Jong, Van Persie (Netherlands); Abe (Japan). (BBC Sport)
Holland go into this Durban encounter hoping to improve on their stuttering performance against Denmark. They take on a Japan side who have never made it beyond the group stage but were buoyed by their win over Cameroon in their first game but know that they face a face stiffer task against a Dutch side who are many people’s outside bet for World Cup success.
Highlights of previous World Cup group games these two teams have taken part in.
Holland 2-0 Denmark
Japan 1-0 Cameroon