The Netherlands and Chile have each secured a position in the knockout phase of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, making their Group B match tomorrow morning something of a dead rubber; however with top spot and arguably an easier path of matches on the line the match is shaping as the most important of their campaigns thus far.
With the champion of Group B at the 2014 World Cup required to face-off with the runner up of Group A in the first round of the knockout stages, the winner of Tuesday morning’s match is likely to face off with eight Croatia or Mexico, while the loser will play Brazil in arguably the toughest task of any qualifying team in the first round of sudden death.
Having proven their ability of overcome deficits in each of their matches against Spain and Australia so-far, the Netherlands are currently featured as generous $2.50 favourites to beat Chile and progress to the knockout stage of the 2014 World Cup, while the South Americans can be taken at only a slightly longer quote of $2.63 at leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Having received a second yellow card for the tournament in his nation’s 3-2 victory over a spirited Socceroos on Thursday morning, Dutch strike weapon Robin van Persie will miss the Netherlands’ match against Chile through suspension, with defender Bruno Martens Indi also an uncertainty after sustaining a concussion in the same match.
Missing arguably two of their most pivotal players for success, particularly in maintaining possession, keeping opposition offence at bay and converting chances at the other end of the park, punters may find value in placing a first goal scorer bet on one of the Chilean forward line, particularly Alexis Sanchez. Scoring the first goal for his nation this World Cup, the Barcelona man will have to be the player of the match of Chile are to beat the Netherlands tomorrow morning, and offers punters exceptional value to break the deadlock at current $7 odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
For punters who believe the Dutch are still more than capable of finding the back of the net without van Persie, placing the same bet of Arjen Robben, who has already scored three goals during the 2014 World Cup, to open the scoring against Chile at current $6 odds is also well and truly worth consideration.
Likely to come right down to the wire, placing a wager on who will score the final goal in tomorrow morning’s clash between Chile and the Netherlands has the potential to offer particularly good odds to punters who make the correct selection.
For the Netherlands to win, veteran mid Wesley Sneijder will have to find top gear similar to that which kept both the Spanish and Australians in shambles for good portions of their recent meetings. Currently available at $8 to score the final goal against Chile tomorrow morning, the Galatasaray playmaker is also worth consideration to score at any time for $3.60 odds.
Beating current World Champions Spain 2-0 in their most recent fixture, Chile are currently offered at exceptional World Cup odds of $3.75 to keep a second consecutive clean sheet in their match against the Netherlands tomorrow morning, made all the more enticing by the lack of van Persie.
The 2014 World Cup fixture between the Netherlands and Chile will kick off at 2am AEST on Tuesday morning.
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