There is just a day to go now until Euro 2012 kicks off in Warsaw and preparations for the Netherlands have entered their final stages.
As they normally do, the Dutch come into this summer’s festivities as one of the pre-tournament favourites and anything other than a semi-final place will likely be seen as a failure by everyone associated with the Oranje.
With the opening game so close, it’s time to pick out three of the best bets you will find from bwin on Holland.
Holland to score the most goals in Group B (@ 7/5, free £25 bet wins £60)
Group B may be known as the ‘Group of Death’, but don’t for a second think that will stop there being a hatful of goals on offer in the battle for the top two spots.
Four years ago, Holland were drawn in a similar group at Euro 2008 alongside France, Italy and Romania.
They made light work of all three sides and managed to score nine goals with some scintillating displays of fluent attacking football.
Since then, their attacking arsenal has grown, with the likes of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Ibrahim Afellay now playing key roles.
Four years on from those championships and the Dutch are still scoring goals for fun, as shown in qualifying, where they finished as the top scorers with 37 goals in ten matches.
Just to add further weight to the argument as well, Northern Ireland were on the end of a 6-0 thrashing at the Amsterdam ArenA last weekend with the Dutch attackers in full flow.
Holland to win a penalty shoot-out (@ 6/1, free £25 bet wins £175)
Penalties, eh? You either love them or you hate them. And traditionally, the Dutch hate them.
In fact, they have a record that is nearly as woeful as the English and it doesn’t get any worse than that.
Holland have competed in five shoot-outs at major championships and lost four, but most importantly they won their last one at Euro 2004 against Sweden.
That victory in 2004 means that this generation of Dutch players have not experienced failure through a shoot-out at international level before – unlike their predecessors – and are therefore unlikely to feel pressured by the past.
Equally, there are a number of players who regularly take spot-kicks for their clubs – Robin van Persie, Huntelaar, Rafael van der Vaart and Wesley Sneijder to name a few.
As long as Arjen Robben doesn’t fluff his lines again, then I’m confident the Dutch can put their past demons to bed if it comes to the dreaded battle from 12 yards.
Holland to win seven points in Group B (@ 4/1, free £25 bet wins £125)
The Dutch have progressed past the first group stage of every tournament they’ve entered since Euro 1980 and so they will be confident of a fairly comfortable progression this summer.
They start against Denmark, a side they have not lost to since 1967 and beat in the group stage of the World Cup two years ago.
Three points won’t be easily achieved against an under-rated Danish side, but it should be a winning start for the Oranje.
Next they face neighbours and fierce rivals Germany in what is either going to be a thrilling goalfest or a dour, gritty battle.
Whichever way the game goes, there is very little between the two sides in terms of quality and a point apiece looks on the cards.
The final challenge will come in the shape of an under-performing Portugal side that actually finished behind Denmark in their qualifying group.
The Portuguese lost 3-1 to Turkey in their final friendly a few days ago, emphasising the weak back line that the Dutch attack will look to expose to take their final points total to seven.
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