The Netherlands will clash with Chile in the last round of group phase, and the game will decide the winner of the group.
The World Cup in Brazil is entering the final phase of group matches, with the last group fixtures kicking off tonight. There will be 2 games in 2 groups per next four days, with matches in a given group starting at the same time.
Tonight, punters betting under the Dutch gambling laws will have plenty to wager on as their beloved team is taking on Chile. This particular match will decide who will win Group B and go through to the knockouts from top spot.
Both teams have gathered the maximum amount of points from their two games, meaning that Australia and holders Spain will not qualify for the last 16 regardless of what happens tonight. It is the second time in a row when the current holders are eliminated from the competition at group stage.
Both teams are getting ready for the game understanding that there’s lots to fight for tonight. Both of them will go through to the knockouts regardless of the score, but the top spot in the group is what they are both after. Those who bet on sports in the Netherlands can back the Oranje to win the game at 2.60 odds, but the line for Chile is almost the same: 2.80. Meaning that even the bookies expect a very tight game.
The group winner will be meeting the second-placed team in Group A, meaning they will avoid Brazil in the knockouts, who are almost certain to win their group. That is why the stakes are high for both Holland and Chile. And online sportsbooks in the Netherlands are giving preference to their team to win the group with 1.50 odds compared to a line of 2.62 for Chile. However, no one expected Chile to do so well so far, that’s why anything is possible tonight.
The most anticipated match of the evening is the Netherlands v Chile fixture
•The match is widely covered at online sportsbooks in the Netherlands
•The game will decide the winner of Group B
•The Dutch are given a tiny advantage by the bookies
The Netherlands came out blazing in their opening, humiliating Spain 5-1, but have struggled to come from behind and beat Australia in their second game. Moreover, Robin van Persie managed to pick up two yellows and is suspended for the upcoming game, giving Chile a slight moral edge.
Naturally, Holland manager, Louis van Gaal, has a very tough task on his hands as to who will replace their top striker and what formation to put the team into. The 5-3-2, which was the starting one against Australia didn’t seem to work that well, so the 4-3-3 attacking force, which made their comeback possible, is highly expected against Chile as well.
Chile are in pretty good shape both mentally and physically. And of course having knocked out champions Spain gave them a huge self-esteem boost. But Chile are not without trouble, having lost Arturo Vidal against Spain, who has already missed a training session, and his participation tonight is under question.
But Jorge Sampaoli is confident he can employ other talent, and Eduardo Vargas as well as Alexis Sanchez are on good form and hungry for more goals. These two are the main hope for Chile if they were to beat the Netherlands for top spot in the group.
Here are some quotes from the managers. Louis van Gaal said: “I needed to change something at half-time to boost their confidence and change their mindset. Fortunately it turned out ok, but it could have turned out differently. To recover and correct that situation showed a lot of mental strength.”
While the Chilean coach, Jorge Sampaoli, had the following words for the media: “Against the Dutch we must now make a similar effort and hit these heights again – we want to finish first in the group. I am not thinking about Chile as world champions. There are many good teams here and we shall see.”
Betting odds for the match
Most land-based and online bookies prefer the Netherlands to win, but not by much. Bet365 gives the Dutch a line of 2.60, while Chile gets 2.80, and the draw stands at 3.60. It seems that a 1-1 draw is the most probable outcome paying at 6.50, while odds on either of the team winning are exactly the same regardless of the score. 1-0 and 2-1 pay at 10.00, 2-0 and 3-0 wins will pay at 13.00 and 26.00 odds respectively.
As for the teams’ form, the Netherlands look a bit better with D W W W W, while Chile has L W W W W. Both teams won their last games, Holland beat Australia 3-2, while Chile overpowered now ex-world champions Spain 2-0.
Robin van Persie is the only suspension for both teams. And while the Netherlands have no injuries reported so far, Arturo Vidal is very doubtful to play for Chile tonight.
The most probable lineup for the Netherlands: Cillessen, Vlaar, de Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, de Guzman, Janmaat, Sneijder, de Jong, Robben, Depay.
The most probable Chilean lineup for the game: Bravo, Isla, Mena, Jara, Aranguiz, Medel, Vidal, Diaz, Vargas, Sanchez, Valdivia.