Netherlands – Bulgaria Betting Preview: Expect Van Persie and Huntelaar to initiate Dutch domination
Given the respective form and ranking of these two sides, it is hardly surprising to find Netherlands as massive odds on favourites for the match, priced as they are at 1/6 (1.17) by William Hill. Those feeling brave can back Bulgaria to win on Saturday night at 11/1 (12.00) but really this should be a straightforward victory for the fourth-highest team in the Fifa world rankings, against a side that came nowhere near reaching Euro 2012, finishing bottom of their qualification group. World Cup finalists in 2010, the Dutch’s campaign to qualify for this summer’s European Championships saw them score more goals than any other team. Given the forwards at their disposal this may not be suprising; Robin van Persie and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar have excelled domestically as well as internationally over the past 18 months. Backing goals then seems to be the way forward, and the 7/10 (1.70) for Holland to score in both halves looks to hold considerable value. This bet has paid out in four of Oranje’s last seven games, but against a poor Bulgaria side it should be an extremely solid selection. Perhaps even more tempting though is the price of 4/5 (1.80) for only Netherlands to score. The Dutch always looks likely to score and their eastern European opponent’s defence has not kept a clean sheet for seven games. At the other end of the pitch, Bulgaria have scored just two goals in their last six matches and looked extremely insipid up front during Euro qualifying. The price of 4/5 (1.80) makes this an extremely backable bet. For those looking for bigger odds, try backing over 2.5 goals in the second half at 5/2 (3.50) with this paying out in three of Holland’s last five home matches.