Argentina Currently 2.40 To Beat Netherlands

Published on July 8th, 2014 3:11 pm EST

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Argentina will be squaring off against the Netherlands in one of the 2014 World Cup semi-final matches this Wednesday.

Despite the Netherlands reaching the finals of the 2010 World Cup, nobody was really expecting them to do much this time around. This was evidenced in the pre-tournament betting odds, as Netherlands was far down on the list of favourites to win the tournament.

Everything changed in just one game as the Netherlands shocked and humiliated Spain 5-1 in their opening round match. After that game, Holland was considered one of the favourites to win the tournament.

Argentina, on the other hand, has always been considered one of the favourites to win the tournament. In fact, following the injury to Neymar, Argentina took over from Brazil as the favourites to win the entire tournament. Sure, Argentina suffered a key injury when Angel Di Maria fell, but Lionel Messi's sublime play is being seen as enough to propel Argentina to a tournament victory.

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The Netherlands struggled against a scrappy Costa Rican team in the quarter-finals, needing penalty kicks to move through. Argentina, on the other hand, held off Belgium 1-0.

Here are the current odds for the Argentina/Netherlands game on Wednesday:

Holland, 3.40
Draw, 3.20
Argentina, 2.40

As you can see, the odds are fairly close, though Argentina does have the slight edge. None of the three outcomes are better than even money, which means that this is expected to be a closely contested match.

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Can Lionel Messi engineer another victory for Argentina, or will the Netherlands surprise another top team? This should be a great match featuring some of the top strikers in the world.

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