The Netherlands, who are 1/2 goal favorites on the World Cup betting line, should continue their dominance in World Cup play against Mexico on Sunday at Estádio Castelão. Click here for more World Cup betting odds.
Mexico has looked very solid in beating Cameroon 1-0 in their opener, playing Brazil to a scoreless draw and taking out overmatched Croatia 3-1 on Sunday to advance to the round of 16. Mexico has now advanced out of the group stage at six consecutive World Cups, one of only three teams to do so (along with Brazil and Germany).
Starts: 06/29/2014 12:00PM
Netherlands vs. Mexico Betting Line
Line: Netherlands (-1/2, +105) at Mexico (+1/2, +125)
Over/Under Total 2.5
Mexico’s back line has been tremendous defensively through three matches thanks mostly to the outstanding playing of keeper Guillermo Ochoa, who has made outstanding saves in each of their three games this tournament.
Mexico has gotten some outstanding offensive play from Manchester United star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez (four goals in six appearances) and Villarreal star Giovani Dos, with both players attacking early and often in each of their matches.
The Netherlands have looked like the best offensive team in the 2014 World Cup so far, scoring a whopping 10 goals in three group matches while allowing just two which makes the 1/2 goal World Cup betting line might be the value bet of the tournament.
The Dutch men’s team made a spectacular announcement to the world by pounding defending champion Spain 5-0 in its opener before taking out Australia 3-2 and shutting out Chile 2-0.
The Netherlands are led by two of the best scorers in the world in team leader Robin van Persie and fellow striker Arjen Robben. Both stars have three goals apiece heading into their Round of 16 match against Mexico.
The Dutch have also gotten some outstanding offensive play from Memphis Depay (two goals), Daley Blind (three assists) and Wesley Sneijder as they routinely attack opponents and force them into routine mistakes.
My Pick: I really like the way Mexico has played so far during their run to the Round of 16, but this is where the party ends for the Mexican men’s team as they simply do not have enough offense – or defense – to slow down the steamrolling Dutch.
I like the Netherlands to win while the Over 2.5 goals plays out.