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Tips On Netherlands Germany Betting – Germans Put A Nail In Holland’s Coffin

Posted by Todd Shale on 6/12/2012 4:49:25 PM

Sports betting players should get ready for a thriller in the European Championship on Wednesday in Group B, as the Netherlands have to attack after getting upset in their opener, and that will play right into Germany’s hands as they show why they’re one of the top favorites in this tournament.

What: Soccer Betting
When: Wednesday, June 13th, 2:45 PM ET
Where: Metalist Stadium, Kharkov, Ukraine
Pick: Germany

Why Bet On The Netherlands

Holland’s 1-0 loss to Denmark in the opening volley of group-stage games was the biggest surprise, and the Netherlands have no one to blame but themselves. The Oranje had 53% of the possession, which isn’t mind blowing, but they took 28 shots and only five hit the target. Arjen Robben was a force with his trickery and pace, but he, along with Robin van Persie, couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn and the Netherlands wasted a ton of chances. Wesley Sneijder had an effective game pulling the strings in midfield, but when you can’t put shots on target, you’ll often end up with a loss and the Netherlands were sucker-punched by a Michael Krohn-Dehli goal in the 24th minute. Holland may have gotten a little lucky with a handball in the penalty area that wasn’t called in the 89th minute, but the game should have been well out of reach and now, the Netherlands has a huge uphill climb to get out of Group B, also known as the “Group of Death”.

Still, all isn’t lost for Holland as Robben was on fire on the flanks and even hit the post with one of his shots, and his matchup against Bayern Munich teammate and German captain Phillip Lahm is going to have a major say on the outcome of this game. Dutch captain Mark van Bommel will also have to go up against former Bayern teammate Bastian Schweinsteiger in what should be a bruising midfield duel. However, for the Dutch to go through, they have to find their shooting boots, either through van Persie or Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

Why Bet On Germany

The Germans weren’t on their “A” game in a 1-0 win over Portugal, but most soccer betting sharps know that sometimes, you have to win ugly and Germany did just that as Portugal did their best to give The Team a game. Mario Gomez nodded home the winner after 72 minutes to give the Germans a foothold into the game, and they did an excellent job in slowing down Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo. Mesut Ozil, Ronaldo’s teammate at Real Madrid, was Germany’s best player as he constantly probed with his incisive running and passing, while Schweinsteiger had an efficient game in midfield, breaking up attacks and then turning defense into attack, usually with a pass to Ozil. The defense was up to the challenge and made sure that Ronaldo and Nani couldn’t pull out something creative, although there were a few shaky moments late in the game when Germany sat back and encouraged Portugal to come at them, which is something they can’t do against the Dutch.

The Germans may have to figure out a way to inspire Lukas Podolski as he struggled to do anything on the left side of an attacking trio behind Gomez. Podolski is joining with Arsenal after the tournament is over and he may receive a boost playing against van Persie, who he will have to battle for playing time. Overall, Podolski was the only negative in Germany’s performance, although many expected more from a team that is supposed to challenge for the European Championship. A lot of it was down to Portugal playing so defensively, and they won’t run into that against Holland, who have to win and will come at the Germans. Not to mention, it’s a huge rivalry and it threatens to be the best match of the group stage.

How It Will Play Out

Germany comes into this soccer betting showdown as a +140 favorite, while the Netherlands comes in at +195 and a draw is rated at +225. Holland actually has the upper hand all-time against the Germans with eight wins and nine draws in 23 matches, but the Germans routed the Netherlands 3-0 at home in a friendly in November at home. Even though it was a friendly, both teams played their best players because of their rivalry and Germany proved to be the better team.

They’ll do it again on Wednesday as the Germans are a better counterattacking team and they have Ozil, who was a star in South Africa and roasted the Dutch in the 3-0 win in November. The Dutch just to seem to be firing on all cylinders and unless Robben can conjure something, this could get ugly. Go with the Germans in your online betting picks.

Netherlands Germany Betting Pick: Germany


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