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Netherlands v Argentina 1X2 prediction and betting tip

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Netherlands v Argentina 1X2 prediction and betting tip
World Cup 2014, International
full time result Argentina 2.45 Bet at B
Betting prediction was written by Colin


At the Semi Final stage now and four of the biggest guns are here and in this game Netherlands take on Argentina in Sao Paulo.


An impressive group campaign brought maximum points and the 5-1 opening win over reigning champs Spain set the marker for the rest of the tournament to try and match.  A far from fluent 3-2 win against Australia followed before another top performance to beat Chile 2-0.

In the last sixteen encounter with Mexico the Dutch were heading for the exit door, 1-0 down with two minutes remaining when Sneijder lashed in a beauty. Then in the fourth minute of added time Robben went down dramatically to earn a penalty which sub Huntelaar calmly despatched for a last gasp win. It was though a much less convincing showing from the Dutch than their best group efforts, and the quarter final was to prove the same.

 The Dutch dominated but struggled to break down a well organised Costa Rica side with keeper Navas again inspired in their goal. On chances and possession Netherlands should have won easily, but the game ended up in extra time and then penalties. Here Van Gaal pulled off a masterstroke bringing on sub keeper Tim Krul for the spot kicks, and with two top saves from him as well as four perfect penalties they booked their semi final spot.

Netherlands are the tournament top scorers with twelve scored so far and they have conceded four.


Argentina also nailed maximum group points but were not overly impressive in beating Bosnia 2-1, Iran 1-0 and Nigeria 3-2 and one man made the difference, not surprisingly that was Lionel Messi.

Into the last sixteen and Switzerland proved dogged opponents, taking the game to extra time. Argentina were easily the better side though and a late Di Maria strike got them the deserved victory.

Probably the best Argentine display came in the quarter final with Belgium, when an early Higuain strike settled the nerves. Messi was the best player on show by some way, but the defence also looked comfortable against the Belgian onslaught late on, and the fact that they are performing better with each game augurs well for them as crunch time draws closer.

Argentina have scored eight in the tournament to date, conceding just three goals with three clean sheets in their five games.


Di Maria is out for Argentina though Aguero could play some part after injury and Rojo(def) is available again after suspension. Netherlands have De Jong and Fer out, with defender Vlaar a doubt.


A fascinating game to call, but a key feature could be the fact that Argentina seem to be coming good at just the right time while Netherlands look less impressive with each game. One player on either side could settle this virtually alone given the chance, namely Robben or Messi. How each side copes with their threat most effectively could go a long way to securing the win for their side, and the wily Van Gaal could have an ace up his sleeve for the Netherlands maybe on that score. The two stars aside though, for me it is Argentina with the stronger squad and the momentum to carry them to the final.


Argentina at 2.45(29/20)Bet365 is big enough on the 1X2 market to warrant support on them winning in ninety minutes. A close nail biting contest looks assured, but a Messi inspired Argentina can do just enough to get over the line and into the final.

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