Latest Netherlands v Mexico odds and free bets from the World Cup. In-form Holland will take on un-fancied Mexico in the second round of the World Cup with a place in the quarter-final up for grabs.
The Dutch were the team of the first round racking up three successive wins including a stunning 5-1 win over reigning champions Spain in the opening game. Subsequent wins over Australia (3-2) and Chile (2-0) showed their initial win was no fluke leaving Louis Van Gaal’s men as the top scorers in the competition after the first phase.
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Six of those goals have come from the boot [and head] of Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie with the duo the leading contenders for player of the tournament so far.
Robben in particular has caught the eye and the Bayern Munich has admitted he is as surprised as everyone else as to their success to date.
Ahead of the tournament, we did not expect this,” he told De Telegraaf.
“Although, I did not have as bad a feeling about the World Cup as most people back home. If we win against Mexico, the World Cup final is possible again,” he said. “It’s simple: win three times and we’re in the final of the World Cup. We must realise that.”
While Robben and Van Persie, back after suspension, along with Wesley Sneijder are established names it is the performances of the previously unknown defensive back line which has caught the eye.
Daley Blind, Daryl Janmaat, Stefan de Vrij and Japer Cillessen, whilst all established at club level are unproven on the International stage however they have formed a strong defensive unit conceding just three goals in their 3 goals so far.
Mexico meanwhile have also surprised many.
Miguel Herrera’s men came through the play-offs beating New Zealand to reach Brazil however they have looked a different proposition in the world cup beating Cameroon and Croatia before holding the hosts to a draw.
The 3-1 win over Croatia sent out a warning to rest of the tournament.
The game also marked the return to form Javier Hernandez with the Manchester United, a sub to date, coming off the bench to score the decisive third goal.
Herrera has no injury worries or suspensions ahead of the game and is likely to stick with the starting XI that beat Croatia.