The Dutch national team have been the World Cup bridesmaid on three separate occasions, can they finally be the bride in Qatar?
Four years ago, the World Cup in Russia was missing a considerable amount of colour. While it was also missing one colour in particular. That shade was Orange and the team in question was the Netherlands.
In a qualification group that included both eventual 2018 winners France and Sweden, the Dutch found themselves as the odd team out. That though was then and now the crop of 2022 are ready for another attempt at global domination.
Admittedly this generation of De Oranje is not quite at the level of previous iterations. Then again, for anyone trying to compare this squad to that of the 1974 and 1978 vintages, such a task is almost pointless.
While after the draw for the finals, Louis van Gaal’s army should manage as many as nine points by the time the group stage comes to its conclusion. Should this be the case, his attacking cohorts would have certainly done their job.
Cohorts that include Memphis Depay and with the Barcelona forward currently priced at 6/4, he finds himself as the favourite to eventually top the team’s scoring charts. Then again, such odds may have to be considered less than generous.
Although the season got off to a bright start, a goal against Athletic Bilbao was found in only one of two La Liga appearances thus far and after being blighted by injury, there are doubts as to whether he will be fit to face Senegal on Monday.
With these injury concerns in mind, your attention may be better placed elsewhere and if you are looking in a different direction, Steven Bergwijn’s form for Ajax may be something that catches your attention.
When looking back at his time in the Premier League, it was fair to say that his stint at Tottenham was a considerable bust. Thankfully for both he and the Netherlands as a whole, he has found his feet when returning to the Eredivisie.
Admittedly the likes of NEC or Excelsior do not offer the same level of competition as Liverpool or Arsenal but there is no doubt that Bergwijn is flourishing in newer surroundings and if he converts his level of performance to the international scene, odds of 7/1 may offer considerable value.
Of course, the former Tottenham forward is not the only Eredivisie representative who will look to lead the line for manager Van Gaal and the name that is on everyone’s lips right now is none other than Cody Gakpo.
Like Mbappe four years ago, this could be the breakout tournament for the PSV starlet and with nine goals in 14 league outings, he currently finds himself at the top of this season’s Eredivsie scoring charts.
Something that he will now look to emulate for his country and after already finding the net on three separate occasions, the 23-year-old certainly has a taste for goal. If you like the taste of him coming out on top, you can back him at odds of 5/1.
When looking past the trio of names above, it is also fair to say that the list of genuine candidates ends there and although Steven Berghuis, Wout Weghorst and Luuk De Jong may be good for a goal in the tournament, 16/1 to be the top Dutch scorer is not something we recommend.
While the wager that we do recommend is backing Cody Gakpo to get the better of both Memphis Depay and Steven Bergwijn. His talents have been bubbling under the surface, they are now ready to reach boiling point in Qatar.