PREVIEW: Argentina v Netherlands
[dropcap]C[/dropcap]ompletely bonkers match last night and my draw bet was thumped.
It’s hard to think we’ll get anything even close to last night’s drama at the Arena de Sao Paulo tonight for Netherlands v Argentina (9pm, ITV).
In fact, after last night, it’s probably got 0-0 written over it?
There’s plenty of World Cup history between these two sides, notably in 1978 when Argentina beat Holland in the final, 3-1.
Worryingly for Argentina, they have a very similar profile to Brazil. They’ve been getting the results without playing great football and it’s a possibility that their game will get as ruthlessly exposed by the Netherlands in the same way that Germany turned on the style against Brazil.
Netherlands will be looking for good news from Robin Van Persie who remains a doubt at the time of writing.
Their star striker has been struggling with a stomach complaint and manager Louis van Gaal said Van Persie would only play if he was completely fit.
For Argentina they will of course be heavily reliant upon Messi who has already scored four goals during the World Cup.
It’s not the strongest Dutch team, which is good news for Argentina who have struggled over the years against the men from Holland:
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Max last 10 only)
Jun 2006 World Cup Holland 0-0 Argentina
Feb 2003 International Holland 1-0 Argentina
Mar 1999 International Holland 1-1 Argentina
Jul 1998 World Cup Holland 2-1 Argentina
May 1979 International Argentina 0-0 Holland
Jun 1978 World Cup Argentina 3-1 Holland
Jun 1974 World Cup Holland 4-0 Argentina
May 1974 International Holland 4-1 Argentina
I’m sticking with the same bet tonight and trying the draw with Star Sports. It can’t be worse than last night….. surely !