The runners-up in South Africa have struggled since their loss to Spain in the 2010 final and are seen as somewhat outsiders to win their first ever World Cup title in 2014. Their showing at the European Championships in 2012 were the worst in Dutch history, losing all three group stage matches and technically finishing 15th from 16 teams. They will need to improve significantly if there are to come close to making their fourth World Cup final.
Holland World Cup odds
They have recovered to win all six of their World Cup Qualifiers and haven’t lost since August 2012, however, and have always been strong contenders for the World Cup ever since they made back-to-back finals in the 1970s.
They will be calling upon the experienced heads of newly crowned Champions League winner Arjen Robben, Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder and star striker Robin van Persie to produce the goods when it really matters in Brazil. The Premier League’s top scorer, van Persie, will particularly be the key having already scored five goals from five World Cup Qualifying matches.
Rafael van der Vaart approaches becoming the highest capped player in the country’s history, currently 25 caps short of Edwin van der Sar, and he couldn’t be in better form. From his four Qualifying appearances he has scored four times, with an assist as well. His influence as captain carries across the whole team and if van der Vaart plays well then so should Holland. Get the latest World Cup odds here.
Holland supporters will class themselves as the unluckiest in World football, having seen their team make the final more times than any other side that haven’t won the prestigious tournament. Expectations as always will be high and the question comes down to whether they can handle the pressure.
Best bets for Holland at World Cup 2014
At 20/1 to win many will be taking a risk on a Dutch side that can never be ruled out regardless of form. You’d certainly expect them to improve on their European Championship performance and should qualify from their group no matter who they come up against.