Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands could be forgiven a few problems re-entering the earth’s atmosphere in the wake of their jaw-dropping 5-1 win over Spain.
For a side historically tarred with the ‘mental fragility’ brush, obviously inferior Australia seem custom made to inspire complacency in the Dutch ranks.
Yet, having conceded at least three times in six of their last ten outings, Ange Postecoglou’s men are more suspect at the back than your average Copacabana bikini.
The Netherlands are almighty 1/5 favourites for victory, with Australia in the double-digit doldrums at 10/1 to triumph and the draw a similarly forlorn 23/4.
Brazil and France put six past the Socceroos in the run-up to the tournament, but both China and Ecuador were also able to inflict four strikes on the underdogs.
As such, backing an Oranje victory in a match containing more than 3.5 goals makes plenty of appeal at 8/5, as Robin van Persie and friends bid to avoid the dreaded bounce.
Especially when Aussie boss Postecoglou has issued what can only be described as a kamikaze rallying cry to his men ahead of what is already something of a win or die match.
“I think we’ve said right from the start that’s not why we came to the World Cup” was his response when quizzed on the likelihood his side would be making judicious use of their team transporter against the Dutch.
Attempting to go toe-to-toe with a side who decimated the best defence in UEFA qualifying for the tournament sounds like a recipe for over 3.5 goals to the scribe who gave you USA to beat Ghana 2-1 at a healthy 9/1 on Monday evening.
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