Netherlands-Italy Betting Preview: Hosts are excellent value to claim victory

Both sides are in good form coming into this clash but Willie Duncan is backing Louis van Gaal's men to secure a home win over Cesare Prandelli's Azzuri on Wednesday night
Two giants of international football will meet once again when Netherlands play host to Italy at Amsterdam ArenA in what promises to be a fascinating clash on Wednesday night.
The hosts, now under the stewardship of Louis van Gaal, are looking to rebuild their reputation as a footballing superpower after being humbled at Euro 2012 and they can be backed at 6/5 (2.20) with Paddy Power to maintain their good form since that tournament with victory over the Italians.
Euro 2012 runners-up Italy have made a solid start to their World Cup 2014 qualification campaign but were beaten 2-1 at home by France in November in a friendly and Cesare Prandelli's men will want to make amends here.
The Azzuri can be backed at 11/5 (3.20) with Paddy Power to win in Amsterdam while the Irish firm offer 23/10 (3.30) that the match ends in a draw.
Both sides are in fine form coming into this meeting and with plenty of attacking prowess on show, goals seem likely here.
With that in mind, Paddy Power's 11/10 (2.10) quote for three or more goals to be scored here looks hugely appealing while the 8/11 (1.73) from the same firm for both teams to score is sure to attract support.
Robin van Persie has been in outstanding form at club level this term and Paddy Power offer a tempting 4/1 (5.0) that the Manchester United man breaks the deadlock here.
Mario Balotelli scored twice at the weekend to cap a hugely impressive debut for Milan following his move from Manchester City and the 22-year-old striker can be backed at 8/1 (9.0) with Paddy Power to open the scoring at Amsterdam ArenA.
With a fervent home support behind them, Louis van Gaal's are good value at 6/5 (2.20) with Paddy Power to secure victory, while the in-form Robin Van Persie is the value selection at 4/1 (5.0) with the Irish bookmaker to draw first blood in Amsterdam.

Netherlands to win at 6/5 (2.20) with Paddy Power
Robin van Persie to score first at 4/1 (5.0) with Paddy Power

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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