Argentina Vs. Netherlands World Cup Semi Final Betting Pick

Argentina Vs. Netherlands World Cup Semi Final Betting Pick

If you’re looking to cash in on Wednesday’s semifinal showdown between underdog Netherlands and powerful favorite, Argentina, then you’ve come to the right place soccer enthusiasts!

2014 World Cup Semi Final Argentina Vs. Netherlands
Can Lionel Messi take Argentina back to the World Cup final glory for the first time in 24 years? Or can Oranje make it back-to-back final appearances for the Dutch?
Starts: 07/09/2014 4:00PM
Arena Corinthians
São Paulo

Argentina Vs. Netherlands Betting Odds

Asian handicap: Argentina -0.25 (+105) vs. Netherlands +0.25 (-112)
3-way line: Argentina +141 / Netherlands +238 / Draw +223
Total: 2 (Over -105, Under -103)

The Netherlands will look to reach their first World Cup final ever by beating the incomparable Lionel Messi and powerful Argentina in their 2014 World Cup semifinal match on Wednesday. Click here to see all the 2014 World Cup betting odds.

Thankfully, this expert betting picks analysis and predictions will help you make the most out of your World Cup betting bucks as the globally-captivating event steamrolls to a fast and furious finish!

Despite being the top scoring team in this year’s World Cup, the Netherlands (4-0-1) haven’t gotten much respect as a legitimate championship contender. Beating Argentina and superstar Lionel Messi will definitely change that.

The Netherlands improbably find themselves just one win away from returning to the World Cup finals after a dramatic penalty shootout win over Costa Rica. The Dutch have one more obstacle to hurdle in the form of Lionel Messi’s Argentina, who overcame Belgium to seal a first trip to the semifinal since 1990.

The Dutch men squeaked past overachieving Costa 4-3 in a penalty shootout to advance to this contest. Prior to that, the Netherlands had scored at least two goals in each of their four previous World Cup matches.

For this match however, the Netherlands will need a better performance out of superstar forward Rob Van Persie, seeing as how Dutch manager Louis van Gaal replaced the star with Klaas Jan Huntelaar to lead the team to its dramatic comeback victory over Mexico. Van Persie has now failed to score in his last three matches after exploding with three in the first two games.

The Netherlands have put a dozen goals on the board while allowing just four goals defensively. The Dutch are averaging just 15 shot attempts per match, just over the tournament average of 13.4 shot attempts per match, but they are very accurate with 70 percent of their attempts being on target. The Netherlands men have committed a whopping 91 fouls which is far above the tournament average of 56.4.

Argentina (5-0-0) advanced to this semifinal affair by squeaking past Belgium 1-0 in their quarterfinal matchup the last time out. According to, the Netherlands have a 43 percent chance of reaching the finals and a 13 percent chance of winning it all.

The team got a dose of good and bad news following their last match with striker Gonzalo Higuain finally finding the net, but likely losing forward Angel Di Maria after he suffered a thigh injury against the Belgians.

Di Maria scored the extra-time winner against Switzerland in the second round and set up Gonzalo Higuain’s winning goal against Belgium on Saturday.

”He’s a key player in this project,” Higuain said of di Maria.

Argentina has scored just seven goals in five matches, but their defense has been outstanding in allowing just three goals, tied for second fewest this year. Argentina averages 17.4 shot attempts per match but just 60 percent of their shots have been on target. Getting back to defense, Argentina has committed just 54 fouls, under the World Cup average of 56.4 fouls. According to the stats-based web site,, Argentina has a 57 percent chance of reaching the finals and a 20 percent chance of winning it all.

Messi, arguably the best player in the world today, has scored four goals and is tied for second place in the Golden boot chase. More importantly, Messi has struck at just the right time, scoring two late goals to help his team avoid either losses or draws. Argentina also got some good news recently with the expected return of starter Sergio Aguero.

My Netherlands vs. Argentina Betting Pick

I’ve got to go with Argentina to narrowly win this match, particularly seeing as how Rob Van Persie has not played very well for the Netherlands over his last few matches.

However, I believe the best wager for this intriguing match is to play the Under in what looks like a one-goal match just waiting to happen. These two teams have combined to allow just seven total goals in their 10 combined matches and I believe defense will once again rule the day, despite this affair featuring at least three world class goal scorers.

Argentina 1 Netherlands 0