Netherlands vs. Argentina 2014 World Cup Semi Finals, Predictions, Picks And Odds

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Netherlands vs. Argentina 2014 World Cup Semi Finals, Predictions, Picks And Odds

In the second semifinal, which will be played on the 9th of July in Sao Paolo, at Arena Corinthians, Netherlands are facing Argentina. This is a clash of two teams, of two nations who are almost desperate for success at the World Cups, as they are waiting many years to lift the big trophy. In fact, the Dutch have never won the World Cup, even though they played in the final 3 times. This time, the 'Oranje' have a chance to play in the final two times in a row, something they did in the seventies when they were runners-up on two consecutive World Cups- in 1974 and 1978.

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The 'Gauchos', one of the nations who is obsessed with soccer are looking forward to repeat the success from 1986, the success of the time lead by the great Maradona and his 'Hand of God'. Argentinian and International press are writing about Messi as the Maradona of our time and this South American football giant will have to eliminate the Netherlands in order to reach the long awaited final and, eventually the title.

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Due to the fact that this World Cup is played on South American soil and the quality of Messi as well as the rest of the Argentinian team, including Higuain, Aguero, Mascherano and the others, the Argentinians have the advantage, with odds for Argentina to win ranging from +125 - +145.

However, one must not write off Holland's chances. Lead by the fast and 'explosive' Arjen Robben and the tactical genius 'Louis Van Gaal', the Dutch will try to take advantage of the absence of Angel Di Maria who is injured and try to reach the final. If you believe in Van Gaal's boys, you can bet and expect odds varying from +210 - +240.

If you feel that the teams have equal chances and that there will be no winner after the first 90 minutes you can expect odds as high as +300.

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With Messi, Robben, van Persie and Higuain on the pitch, many people would see their chance in betting on who's going to score the first, the last, or any goal in the match. The odds for Messi to score a goal are in the range of +130, whereas the odds for Higuain are +175. The booksports feel that Robben and van Perise are less likely to score and their odds are set at +190 and +230 respectively.