Both teams are coming off losses from this past weekend, and Holland in particular will need to win to build that ever-so-important momentum going into Euro 2012.These teams have played each other once in their history, which was in the round of 16 at the 2010 World Cup in which Holland defeated the Slovaks 2-1 on route to the final.
It's obvious to say that not nearly as much is on the line as it was two years ago, however, the Dutch are keen to get back on track after a lacklustre performance this past weekend which saw them go down 2-1 to a struggling Bulgaria courtesy of a stoppage time goal.
The immediate good news for the Dutch is that Maarten Stekelenburg will be back in net after sitting out the last match due to a shoulder injury, and he will look to show coach Bert van Marwijk that he is ready to go.
Holland’s starting lineup will again include the most dangerous quartet in world football, led by team captain Mark van Bommel and featuring Arjen Robben, Wesly Sneijder, and Robin van Persie leading the attack. The Dutch are paying 1.25, not a very good return at all.
What is an attractive value bet is the draw which is pays out a handsome 5.00, though expect the raucous fans in Rotterdam will demand nothing short of a Dutch win.
Now, the largest offering in the match lines is naturally with the visitors. Slovakia lost 1-0 in a rather tame match to Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland on Saturday, and the team is paying a surprisingly massive 8.00 to win this match.
Betting on friendly matches is tricky for the sole reason that you never really know what you are going to get out of either team, in terms of lineup or performance. Although the Dutch will want to show the world how seriously they are taking preparations for the Euro, winning this match is no sure thing as they proved in last Saturday’s contest.
So here are some other bets that don’t involve winners or losers that should be in consideration when laying down your bets.
After the dismal result against Bulgaria, van Marwijk will demand his team set the tempo early on, and for Holland to be leading by the 30th minute mark they are paying a more favourable 2.25. A bet that will see you biting your nails immediately from kickoff would be to see the Dutch go up by the 15th minute mark which pays out 3.75, which could be quite the shrewd bet.
With how annoyed van Marwijk was to concede two goals last match, an emphasis on better defensive play will surely have been drilled into the minds of his squad leading up to this match, which is why betting against both teams to score in the game at a 1.83 payout appears to be a decent bet.
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