Manchester United’s Dutch striker Robin van Persie became his country’s leading scorer of all time with a hat-trick in the Netherlands’ last fixture against Hungary and bwin will refund all losing first goalscorer, correct score, player to score two or more and player to score three or more bets if he nets his 42nd goal in an Oranje shirt against Turkey.
Van Persie’s strike partner Jeremain Lens scored a first-half goal in the 8-1 thrashing of Hungary and at 8/1 the Dinamo Kiev is the pick to break the deadlock against Fatih Terim’s Crescent Stars.
The Netherlands are 7/5 favourites to win the game, with Turkey 31/20 to claim the three points that could see them finish second and the draw is 14/5.
After missing out on the last World Cup, Lens will be keen to show his worth.
The then 22-year-old was drafted into Bert van Marwijk’s provisional squad for the World Cup four years ago, but Lens was cut from the final 23 that went on to reach the final in South Africa.
Following that disappointment the forward secured a move to PSV Eindhoven from AZ and scored 34 Eredivisie goals in 96 appearances for the Red and Whites, despite often being played on the wing, before moving to Dinamo in June.
With his former AZ boss Louis Van Gaal now in charge of the national side Lens will look to book his place on the plane to Brazil with a strong performance here.
Second place in the group is within their grasp, but Turkey need to be adventurous.
A win for Terim’s side should see them through to the play-offs as group runners-up, but Romania are on the same points and face Estonia, who have lost six of their nine Group D qualifiers so far, at home.
Turkey’s four-goal advantage over their rivals on goal difference could quickly be eroded in Bucharest so Terim will have to set his side up to go for goals themselves and an open game will surely suit their qualifying top-scoring visitors down to the ground.
There’s more at stake for the Netherlands than qualifying points.
The Oranje put eight past Hungary last time out even though Group D top spot was already secure and with the top eight World Cup seeds set to correspond to FIFA world rankings Van Gaal’s side, who are currently ranked ninth, have to also win here to be in with a chance of avoiding other top-tier nations in Brazil.