Netherlands - Chile Betting Preview: Why a goal-filled first half looks likely

Phil Kitromilides explains why he is backing two of the most attacking sides in the tournament to both get on the scoresheet in the opening 45 minutes on Sunday night
Considering what we have seen from these two teams so far, this might just be the best group game of the lot as Netherlands and Chile meet to determine top spot in Group B.

The Dutch are the marginal favorites at 13/8 (2.32), while the South Americans can be backed at 7/4 (2.75) and the draw is offered at 12/5 (3.40), all with Paddy Power.

Both sides have a 100 per cent record so far in the competition, having won both of their matches played in some style and scored plenty of goals (Netherlands have netted eight, Chile five).

There will therefore naturally be plenty of money going on goals with over 2.5 priced at 4/6 (1.65) and both teams to score offered at just 4/7 (1.57).

While both of those selections look highly likely the price will only attract certain punters, so a little more value is needed for those after bigger returns.

There could be an argument made for taking the price of 4/5 (1.80) for Chile to win either half given that their dynamic expansive brand of football could quite possibly cause the Dutch some serious problems.

But for serious value the price of 11/4 (3.75) for both teams to score in the first half looks far too good
to turn down.

Both these sides have scored in the first halves of their games so far in this tournament and they are two of the most attack-minded teams competing in Brazil.

Defensively they are also not the most solid, meaning we should definitely get goals at both ends.

The tempo at which they play means it is likely to be a quick start to the game and backing both teams to score in the opening 45 minutes is a logical selection at an unmissable price.

Both teams to score in the first half at 11/4 (3.75) 1.5pt stake with Paddy Power

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid