The Netherlands are a very curious footballing team at the moment. They were World Cup finalists less than 18 months ago and currently lie second in FIFA’s world rankings. They’ve just serenely qualified for Euro 2012, winning nine of their ten group matches, and they have some of the most sought-after players on the continent.
However, when you look at their squad they are actually spectacularly over achieving. Everton’s Johnny Heitinga is the vice-captain despite routinely being given the runaround in the Premier League, while his defensive accomplice Khalid Boulharouz was jettisoned from Chelsea many moons ago.
For every Robin van Persie there’s a Roy Beerens, for every Wesley Sneijder there’s a Kevin Strootman – who, for all his potential, is very raw – and they still find space for Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel. They really shouldn’t be doing well, but they are.
On Friday they will begin their preparations for Euro 2012 with a friendly against Switzerland and unsurprisingly, ‘die oranje’ are overwhelming favourites at 3/10 to win the game in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
Despite their deficiencies, though, the Dutch are on form and firing. Red-hot Robin can’t stop scoring and they rattled in 37 goals during their ten Group E qualifiers, conceding just eight. So if you fancy a Netherlands win, do it with a multiple score of either 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 at 7/2.
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Bert van Marwijk’s men will be looking to keep their momentum going, but on the flip side, there are few initiatives for the dispirited Swiss to chase.
Four years after co-hosting the summer spectacle, the ‘schweizer nati’ finished a disappointing third behind England and Montenegro in their latest qualifying group. As such, Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side are priced at a distant 10/1 for a surprise victory in Amsterdam, with the draw at 15/4.
If you do fancy the Dutch but want some additional return, they are 4/5 to be winning at half-time and full-time, while you can also have them at 17/20 with a 1-0 Switzerland headstart.
Overall though, friendlies are fairly difficult to call given the usual reticence to their existence – but one betting strategy which could prevail is to determine which half will contain most goals.
These fixtures invariably lead to a succession of stifling substitutions in the second period, so 2/1 for most goals in the first half could prove great value if you fancy trebling your money.
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