Having each performed exceptionally well in their respective pools at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Group A runners-up Mexico will face Group B champions The Netherlands at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza in the Round on 16 on Monday morning.
With neither yet to concede a defeat at the 2014 World Cup, this Round of 16 clash is shaping as one of the most highly-anticipated and well-fought games yet, with each team boasting a particularly impressive and well-trialled attack.
For the Netherlands, the 2014 World Cup has been precisely what would have been expected of a nation that made the 2010 World Cup final, registering three good victories in the tournament’s ‘Group of Death’, including a shock 5-1 drubbing of current champions Spain in their campaign-opener.
Similarly impressive, Mexico have established themselves as legitimate contenders in beating Cameroon 1-0, holding clear favourites and host nation Brazil to a scoreless draw and cruising past Croatia 3-1 in their most recent match.
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Instrumental in his team’s success so-far, Giovanni Dos Santos has been unlucky not to register a goal at the 2014 World Cup; most notably denied two goals against Cameroon which were found to have been legal.
The key link between the entire Mexican squad, Dos Santos will perch behind striker Oribe Peralta and is noted for long-range efforts on goal. For this reason, punters may find value in placing an anytime goal scorer bet on Dos Santos to open his account against the Dutch, currently available at $4 odds.
Winning the Silver Boot award for tied-most goals at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Wesley Sneijder is yet to open his account at the 2014 World Cup, and is arguably offered his best chance of doing so against Mexico. Available at $3.50 to score at any time, the Galatasaray man is a great chance of opening the scoring if the Netherlands catch Mexico on a counter, and is therefore worth consideration at a quote of $8.50.
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Unable to take part in the Oranje’s most recent match with Chile after receiving a second tournament yellow card against Australia, Robin van Persie will be looking to impose himself against Mexico. Combine an anytime goal scorer bet for the Manchester United marksman with a Dutch victory for exceptional odds of $2.90.
Likely to figure as Mexico’s lone striker against the Netherlands, Oribe Peralta arguably offers his nation the best chance of finding the back of the net against the Dutch on Monday morning. Combine Peralta scoring at any point over 90 minutes with a Mexico victory for $6 odds.
The Netherlands and Mexico are scheduled to meet in the Round of 16 at 2am AEST on Monday morning.
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