Holland odds to win World Cup 2014
There will be many mixed feelings and opinions about the Dutch at Brazil 2014. Runners up to Spain four years ago at South Africa 2010, Holland have since continued to do what they do well. Stroke the ball around, win games and look pretty neat and tidy in doing it all. It was their neat play, granted a lot of it being on the counter-attack in South Africa that got them so far. They saw off Brazil along the way, but then got all ill-disciplined in the final, tried to block out the Spaniards in the middle of the park and forgot to play their own game.
So they are back at the finals and still searching for that first World Cup title after losing out on all three of their previous World Cup final appearances. The way that bookmakers have priced Holland odds to win World Cup 2014 would appear that they missed their golden chance four years ago and aren’t going to get as close this time around. Holland are back out at 28/1 but some bookmakers have left them dangling even longer at 33/1. That is well beyond the marks of the likes of France, Colombia, Uruguay and Belgium to get their hands on the title in Brazil.
So what are the strengths of Holland? Well, they have a couple of world class strikers in Robin van Persie and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, that’s for sure. Robin van Persie picked up a long term injury in March though, which could hamper his fitness heading towards the World Cup, but he will still be there and still be a threat. Van Persie, Holland’s all time leading goalscorer, is still trading at odds of 25/1 in the Top Goalscorer market with Huntelaar out at 66/1. Huntelaar is the same price as Arjen Robben. So they have goals in them.
The returned 34 goals from their qualification campaign in ten matches and conceded just five along the way. That was in a very easy group though, where they coasted to nine wins and a draw. So why aren’t Holland much shorter priced in the World Cup 2014 betting? The main reason is because of the draw which they received, having been placed in Group B alongside Spain. The Netherlands are 3/1 shots there to actually win the group, but a comfortable 8/13 to qualify. However, second place in the group to Spain would mean, more likely than not, that they would go up against Brazil in the round of sixteen.
That puts a huge damper on Holland odds to win World Cup 2014. Not only that, they don’t look to have as strong as a midfield as they did four years ago and that was highlighted by how they crumbled at Euro 2012, losing all three of their group games after qualifying with ease. It has meant that things were shook up, more young players were given their chance, to blend in alongside the top established players like Van Persie and Arjen Robben, but it perhaps hasn’t all come together yet. It may be a couple of years too soon for them to be right on top of their revival project.
A sequence of poor results at the end of 2013, draws against Japan and Colombia, followed up by a defeat against France in a friendly in March of 2014, may be testament to that. But this is the Dutch and they have style, they have the arrogance and quality match winning individuals in their ranks. There is a tough road ahead for them and frankly if they do manage to get to the quarter finals, having gone through Spain and Brazil, then they will make people sit up and take notice. They are a 9/2 shot to make it to the semi finals of Brazil 2014.