Louis van Gaal admitted that his side needed to improve after they secured a first victory in five by a narrow 1-0 margin against Ghana on Saturday, and they are just 1/4 (1.25) favourites with Paddy Power to take heed by coming out on top tonight.
The Dragons come into the clash in decent form after winning two and drawing two of their last four games but are 11/1 (12.00) underdogs to record a surprise victory against their distinguished hosts.
The Dutch have drawn three of their last five games, and you can get odds of 9/2 (5.50) on them being held to another disappointing stalemate this time out.
Although recent results seem to back up Chris Coleman’s claim that the future is bright for his team, it is difficult to see them providing too much of a threat without injured star men Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey this evening.
Having also lost Craig Bellamy to retirement at the end of last season, Coleman will travel to one of European football’s most intimidating international arenas with a side that is severely lacking in experience - particularly in attack.
While a front three of Jermaine Easter, Simon Church and the uncapped Tom Lawrence will hardly inspire fear in the home defence, a backline that has kept just two clean sheets in the last 18 matches suggests that tonight should be rather an uneven contest.
With the Oranje restored to full strength after some experiments in recent friendlies and keen to secure a comprehensive win in order to enter the World Cup in high spirits, odds of 8/11 (1.73) must be backed on them winning by at least two goals here.
That bet looks even more convincing considering the form of captain Robin van Persie, whose 12 goals in his last 12 internationals make him well worth a wager at 13/5 (3.60) to score first for the fifth time in 10 matches.
|Netherlands (-1) to win for a 2pt stake at 8/11 (1.73) with Paddy Power
||Van Persie to score first for a 1pt stake at 13/5 (3.60) with Paddy Power
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