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World Cup 2014 Group B preview: Netherlands v Chile

| 23.06.2014

Something’s got to give in this first ever senior international meeting between the Netherlands, odds-on to top Group B at 4/9, and all-out attack South American side Chile (7/4). Both sides have won four matches in a row, but Coral make the Clockwork Orange narrow 13/8 favourites for victory.

Chile are close behind them to take all the points in this Group B decider at 7/4, with a draw priced at 11/5. One thing we should be guaranteed in this encounter is goals.

Jorge Sampaoli’s side have averaged 2.5 per game (10 in those four straight wins) recently. Odds of 9/2 say Chile will exceed this total. It’s also 9/2 on the match containing over 4.5 goals.

Louis van Gaal, meanwhile, has seen his team net a dozen times in the last four outings. That average of three per game makes the total Dutch goals being over 2.5 tasty at 4/1.

Clockwork Orange captain Robin van Persie is missing through suspension, however, but luckily Arjen Robben has gone stride for stride with his skipper in the scoring stakes at the World Cup finals so far.

Bayern Munich wideman Robben has four international goals in his last three caps, and has been cleverly conserving his energy to catch opponents on the counter. That’s how opponents Chile like to play too, but they need to curb their enthusiasm to avoid a taste of their own medicine.

Robben is 5/4 favourite to net again anytime, 7/1 for two goals or more (he bagged a brace in the 5-1 rout of Spain), and 8/1 to be tournament top scorer.

On the matchday itself (June 23rd), an enhanced 4/1 wincast price on a Dutch victory and Robben scoring is available to all Coral customers|, but bear in mind there is a maximum stake of £20 for this bet.

As for Van Persie’s spot as the lone striker, Jeremain Lens has been the go-to guy for Van Gaal from the bench and he is 15/8 to be on target. Alternatively, Schalke frontman Klaas-Jan Huntelaar could lead the Dutch attack; he is shorter at 6/4, but has more tournament experience than Lens.

Winger Memphis Depay should be promoted from impact sub to starter because of the horrific injury suffered by Bruno Martins Indi, and is 15/8 to net anytime after scoring against Australia.

Chile’s goal threat, meanwhile, comes once again from Valencia forward Eduardo Vargas. He has four in as many international outings, and is 11/2 to score the opener again here.

Alexis Sanchez will also give Ron Vlaar and Stefan de Vrij a headache. The prolific Barcelona attacker is 6/4 for a goal in this match.

Box-to-box midfielder Arturo Vidal put in an all-action display for Chile against Spain. All that was missing from that outing for him was a goal. The Juventus star can quickly rectify that by scoring here anytime at 10/3.

Because of the above goal averages, a tempting outside shout here is backing the Netherlands to win 3-2 at 25/1.

Given the open, expansive nature of how both teams play, we are inviting disappointment if there isn’t the cut and thrust of previous performances.

If punters fancy the Dutch and Chile to somehow cancel one another out, then a sleepy goalless draw is 12/1.

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Hertha to beat Hoffenheim
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Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.