Argentina vs Netherlands Betting Preview
The Netherlands made it to the World Cup finals in 2010 and to get back they will have to beat a favored Argentina squad that has been playing great defense in the knockout phase.
While Lionel Messi and the Argentina attack gets most of the press their defense is getting it done not allowing a goal in two knockout stage matches.
Bovada has Argentina as the World Cup betting favorite in this semifinals encounter posted at +140 with the Netherlands posted at +200 and a draw line of +210.
While Argentina has two clean sheets in the last two matches their defense now must face the dynamic Dutch attack led by Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben. While the Dutch went scoreless in the Costa Rica match, winning on penalty kicks, their offense is still one of the best in the world and the strength of the squad.
Argentina only scored one goal in their win over Belgium in the quarterfinals, but the good news was Lionel Messi finally got some help on the attack with the goal coming from Gonzalo Higuain.
Angel Di Maria has played great in the tournament, but was nicked up in the Belgium match and may sit this one out. Watch for his status as he has been critical to the Argentine attack.
We see uncertainty around di Maria as critical here and his absence may change our thinking. As it is, the Netherlands thrive on a speedy counter attack but have been under siege at times against lesser teams.
Argentina vs Netherlands Pick: 2-1 Argentina