The Netherlands stunned World Cup holders Spain in their opener, the rampant Dutch running out 5-1 winners in an incredible match in Salvador and it was no surprise to see their odds to win the tournament cut to 12/1 by Betfred in the wake of that result.
Louis van Gaal’s side are now on track to reach the knockout stage and they can confirm as much by seeing off Australia in Porto Alegre.
The Socceroos rallied bravely having looked a little shell shocked when going 2-0 down early on against Chile but they ended up losing 3-1 and subsequently have to get something from this contest if they are to retain any hopes of qualification.
Expected to dominate, the Netherlands are even odds-on at 4/6 in bwin’s handicaps, when starting a goal behind so punters will have to do some digging to find the value.
The ease with which they sliced through the Spanish defence suggests the Dutch can get amongst the goals and they’re 21/20 (betway) to register three or more.
It’s 6/4 at Skybet for the match as a whole to produce more than 3.5 goals but I’d be tempted to look at disciplinary factors by tackling William Hill’s 17/5 for the contest to produce a red card.
It’s likely to be a long night defensively for Australia, who rarely shirk a tackle and with competitive figures like Tim Cahill in their line-up, their efforts to curtail Dutch attacks could see them eventually end up on the wrong side of the referee.
Red card in the match – 17/5 (William Hill)