Netherlands take on Argentina for a place in the World Cup final, get football betting tips ahead of the semi final clash in Sau Paulo on Wednesday.
90 minutes may not be long enough to separate these sides, back Netherlands v Argentina to be a draw at best odds 11/5 with Bet365.
Netherlands couldn't land the killer blow against Costa Rica in the quarter finals, but came desperately close to doing so with three shots coming back off the woodwork. Unable to find the breakthrough the game went to extra-time and then penalties where Oranje triumphed 4-3 thanks to two saves from 120th minute subsititute Tim Krul. Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal opted to make the late goalkeeper switch just prior to the final whistle meaning Krul would be between the sticks instead of Jasper Cillessen for the shootout. It was the latest in a number number of big calls Van Gaal has made in this World Cup and his tactical knowledge could stifle the threat posed by Argentina. One potential concern for the Dutch is that both Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben are yet to score knockout rounds, but a moment of magic from either player could put them in a commanding position in Sau Paulo.
Argentina have continually managed to grind out the wins in Brazil and would undoubtedly settle for another 1 goal winning margin if it meant securing a place in the final. Lionel Messi was again the catalyst for success against Belgium in the quarter finals as he spun away from two defenders and clipped a pass to Angel Di Maria who then found Gonzalo Higuain to volley home the decisive goal in a 1-0 win. Messi may not be able to do it all by himself in this match though as the Dutch will surely try to keep him under wraps and Argentina may have to step up as a team to get the right result. If the Barcelona forward is successfully shackled then it's difficult to see where the goals will come from for the South American side and viewers could be set for another late night this Wednesday.
Netherlands will be without one of their main destroyers as Nigel de Jong remains sidelined, while Leroy Fer was not among the substitutes against Costa Rica due to injury. Jasper Cillessen will keep his place in goal in normal time, but don't be surprised if Van Gaal decides to bring on Tim Krul if the game ends up going to penalties. Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie will again occupy the most advanced roles with Wesley Sneijder supporting from 'the hole' to complete a formidable attacking trio.
Argentina will have to do without the injured Ángel Di María for this semi-final clash meaning the fit again Sergio Agüero could come back into contention to start up-front alongside Gonzalo Higuain. That would mean Lionel Messi occupying a more central role, but he may be deployed on the right of a front three if Sabella opts to play Ezequiel Lavezzi on the left. Martín Demichelis should keep his place ahead of Fernandez at the back, while Marcos Rojo returns from suspension and should replace Basanta on the left side of defence.
2014 World Cup Matches
Netherlands W W W W D Argentina W W W D W
2014 World Cup Goal Scorers
Robben - 3 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
Van Persie - 3 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
Depay - 2 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Fer - 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
de Vrij - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Sneijder - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Huntelaar - 1 (1 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Messi – 4 (0 Penalties, 2 First Goalscorer)
Rojo – 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Di Maria – 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
Higuain - 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
2014 Word Cup Goal Assists
Blind - 3
de Guzmán - 1
Depay - 1
Huntelaar - 1
Janmaat - 1
Higuain - 1
Lavezzi – 1
Messi - 1
Di Maria - 1
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