Argentina vs Netherlands preview – Semi Final 2

wc-sf-2The second Semi Final match of the 2014 World Cup has South America’s Argentina facing off against Europe’s Netherlands on Wednesday 9th July 2014 at Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo in Brazil.

The match is scheduled to kick off at 5.00pm local time or 6.00am AEST Thursday 10th July Melbourne time and the winner will face either Brazil or Germany in the 2014 World Cup Final.

In four World Cup meetings the Netherlands hold a 2-1 record with one draw eight years ago in Germany. The Argentina victory was the 1978 World Cup Final where they wwon 3-1 after extra time.

Argentina vs Netherlands World Cup meetings
2006 Netherlands 0-0 Argentina (Germany – Group stages)
1998 Netherlands 2-0 (1-1) Argentina (France – Quarter-finals)
1978 Argentina 3-1 (ET) (Argentina – Final)
1974 Netherlands 4-0 Argentina (West Germany – 2nd round)

Online bookmaker Sportsbet has Argentina a clear $2.40 favourite to beat the Netherlands $3.25 in the Semi Final, with the draw showing $3.20.

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When: Wednesday 9th July 2014
Time: 5.00pm local time (6:00am AEST Thu 10th July Melbourne time)
Where: Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
TV: Televised live on SBS

Last time they met
2006 Netherlands 0 – 0 Argentina – World Cup 2006

Recent History
2003 Netherlands 1 – 0 Argentina – Friendlies
1999 Netherlands 1 – 1 Argentina – Friendlies
1998 Netherlands 2 – 1 Argentina – World Cup 1998
1978 Argentina 1 – 1 [ET] Netherlands World Cup 1978
1974 Netherlands 4 – 0 Argentina World Cup 1974

2014 World Cup form


WON 2-1 Bosnia-Herzegovina – Group
WON 1-0 Iran – Group
WON 3-2 Nigeria – Group
WON 1-0 (ET) Switzerland – R16
WON 1-0 Belgium – QF

Argentina is undefeated in four World Cup matches and they finished on top of Group F with 9 points as expected, following wins over Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran & Nigeria, before requiring extra-time to get past Switzerland in the Round of 16 matches.

Argentina defeated Belgium 1-0 to reach the semi finals of the 2014 World Cup.


WON 5 – 1 Spain – Group
WON 3 – 2 Australia – Group
WON 2 – 0 Chile – Group
WON 2 – 1 Mexico – R16
WON 0-0 (Pen) Costa Rica – QF

The Netherlands have had a very good World Cup tournament defeating Spain, Australia and Chile in the group stages, before taking care of Mexico during the Round of 16 matches.

The Dutch met a plucky Costa Rica in the Quarter Finals and finally got through to the Semi Finals on penalties.

Sportsbet odds for Argentina vs Netherlands

Argentina $2.40
Draw $3.20
Netherlands $3.25

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Argentina vs Netherlands match prediction

This should be a cracking match between two sides who have found themselves in a semi final matchup on the back of some very solid football at this tournament.

The brilliant Lionel Messi has led the way for Argentina, while Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie have ben dominant for the Netherlands, although neither have managed to score in their past three games.

In their Quarter Final matches Argentina held out a gallant Belgium side before Higuain scored the winner for the Argentinians, however, the Netherlands were unable to find the net against Costa Rica and required penalties to get through.

Both sides have the offence to cause each other plenty of problems, but defensively Argentina appear better placed to advance to the Final.

In what should be a very entertaining game we fancy Argentina to get the job done and the $2.40 looks very appealing.

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