The Netherlands have made a perfect start to their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, picking up four wins from four to sit comfortably atop Group H.
So football betting enthusiasts will not be surprised to see them priced at a short 53/100 to come away with another three points when they face Hungary at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium on Friday evening.
However, the World Cup finalists have been dogged by injuries, with the likes of Maarten Stekelenburg, Arjen Robben, Mark van Bommel and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar ruled out of the clash with the Magyars.
Boss Bert van Marwijk is in no doubt that the members of the team who came so close to toppling Spain in South Africa last summer are now paying the price for a lack of rest.
“It is all too much,“ he said. “You can have bad luck sometimes, but most injuries come from overloading. I think we all need to agree on this.
“I’m in favour of any solution that helps the players. I do not have the monopoly on wisdom, but in my view it would help if all the national competitions were to start and end at the same time.”
The absence of Huntelaar, who smashed eight goals in the opening four group games, will be particularly keenly felt by the Oranje.
Indeed, such is the lack of options available to Van Marwijk up front that he has decided to recall Ruud van Nistelrooy from the international wilderness.
Whether the former Manchester United striker starts the game remains to be seen, but bwin offers betting odds of 7/5 for him to score at any time against the Hungarians.
But perhaps the more ambitious punter could consider the Netherlands’ injury problems as an opportunity to bet on Hungary to cause an upset.
The hosts have managed three wins out of four so far and can be backed at 19/4 to grab the three points.
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