Betting Special: Are Argentina's defence clicking at the right time?

Having relied on two consecutive clean sheets to steer their way through the knockout stages so far, Al Hain-Cole thinks La Celeste may put in another defensive performance tonight
Despite scoring just goal inside normal time in their two knockout stage matches, Argentina have progressed to a first World Cup semi-final since 1990 on the back of two consecutive clean sheets.
Argentina-Netherlands Special

Odds from William Hill
Netherlands to score under 1.5 goals 3/10
'No' on both teams to score 7/10
Argentina to keep a clean sheet 29/20
Netherlands to score over 1.5 goals 9/4
Argentina to win & under 2.5 goals 3/1
Marcos Rojo to score anytime 9/1
This solid defensive record is sure to be severely tested at the Arena Corinthians this evening, when they take on a Netherlands team that have outscored everyone else in the tournament.
However, having seen Costa Rica become the first side to successfully frustrate Louis van Gaal’s men in their goalless quarter-final clash, La Celeste are available at 29/20 (2.45) with William Hill to keep yet another clean sheet tonight.
Considering Alejandro Sabella’s side have actually only conceded in two of their last 10 matches, those odds seem rather tempting, as does the 12/5 (3.40) price on them winning to nil.

Such is the Argentine solidity at the back that a Dutch team that put five past Spain are priced at just 3/10 (1.30) to hit under 1.5 goals, and 9/4 (3.25) to hit two or more.

In fact, with the Oranje also proving resilient enough to concede just once in their last three matches, odds of 7/10 (1.70) may be too good to pass up on no more than one side finding the net in a tight encounter.

With Sabella’s side seemingly mastering the art of nullifying their opponents and waiting for some Lionel Messi magic to bring home a win, odds of 3/1 (4.00) provide the best value at longer odds on them coming out on top in a match featuring under 2.5 goals.

Should Messi not fire, then Argentina may resort to a set-piece goal in order to bring home the victory, meaning Marcos Rojo may have a serious part to play.

The left-back is only one of three Argentines not called Messi to find the net in Brazil this summer, and was directly involved in forcing a Bosnian own goal for his side’s first breakthrough of the tournament, meaning 9/1 (10.00) odds are well worth considering on him striking once again here.

Argentina to keep a clean sheet for a 1.5pt stake at 29/20 (3.90) with William Hill Argentina to win & under 2.5 goals for a 1pt stake at 3/1 (4.00) with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.