Holland and Mexico have met only once competitively – a 2-2 draw at the 1998 World Cup – and Skybet’s 12/5 for their last 16 clash today to finish all square has attracted steady
Not surprisingly, Stan James make the Dutch their 11/10 favourites in Fortaleza, but Mexico have proved dogged opponents and one or two bookies have been forced to cut their odds, currently 14/5 (bet365) at the time of writing.
Louis van Gaal’s side however, racked up a remarkable ten goals in three Group B matches so if any team can break Mexico’s resistance it’s them and they’re 19/5 at BetVictor to come out on top in a match that sees both teams find the net.
More accurately, Ladbrokes price the Netherlands at 9/1 to run out 2-1 victors but in a winner-takes-all scenario and with the Dutch so ruthless on the break, punters might be rewarded for taking a risk on a 3-1 triumph at 20/1 (Winner.com).
Elsewhere, Stan James’s 11/10 about a match tally of three or more goals certainly looks a touch frothy and the bold might even tackle BetVictor’s 17/5 about the teams producing more than 3.5 successful strikes between them.
With three tournament goals to his name already, Arjen Robben will undoubtedly be well backed at 6/1 courtesy of Paddy Power to break the deadlock in the Estadio Castelao and the same firm’s 2/1 about the Bayern Munich man notching at any time is even more attractive if anything. Betway meanwhile, make the opener 9/10 to come from any of van Gaal’s players.
Arjen Robben to score at any time – 2/1 (Paddy Power)