Two of the biggest soccer nations clash in this 2022 World Cup quarterfinals game as Argentina takes on the Netherlands.
The prize for the winner is a place in the World Cup semi-finals with the winner taking on either Croatia or Brazil.
Read on for our World Cup breakdown, including our best bets, prediction, and analysis.
Netherlands vs. Argentina
Friday, December 9, 2022 – 02:00 PM EST at Lusail Stadium
Despite losing their opening game of the 2022 World Cup, Argentina has since gone on a 3-0 winning streak scoring 6 goals and allowing just 1 (although it did go down as an own goal so technically, they haven’t allowed any).
Argentina comes into this clash in strong form, especially in the first half of games having now taken the lead at halftime in 11 of their previous 13 games across all competitions.
Although it must be said they did take their foot off the gas against a very beatable Australia and, despite winning the game in the end, they should have been out of sight not hanging on for a late victory; however, it’s not much cause for concern.
If they sit back and try to hold on to a lead against a much better opponent such as the Dutch, they could pay the price.
The Dutch breezed past the USA in the round of 16 winning 3-1.
After being 2-0 up at halftime, the Americans grabbed a goal back in the 78-minute to make for an exciting finish to the game.
However, the one-goal lead didn’t last long, as Dutch defender and Inter Milan player, Denzel Dumfries, bagged his first World Cup goal just 3 minutes later to set up a quarterfinal game against Argentina, a repeat of the 2014 World Cup semifinal in which Argentina won 1-0 on Penalties.
The Netherlands come into this game having not lost in 19 games in which they scored first, winning on 16 occasions, and tied the other 3. Dutch coach Louis van Gaal claimed his side could win the World Cup now that they are in the final eight, although it could be more hope than anything else with a lot of stiff competition still left to face.
Van Gaal was the coach in the 2014 World Cup when the Netherlands lost on penalty kicks to Argentina, this is his chance for some redemption.
Prediction and Pick
Total Over / Under
Both these nations are powerhouses on the International Soccer stage and a tight game could be on the cards at the top World Cup sportsbooks.
That said, we firmly believe that Over 2.0 goals at +100 is an unbelievably generous set of odds, although we are predicting this will push as we are looking at a 1-1 full-time scoreline, its worst the risk to hope for a third goal knowing once we see 2 on the scoreboard, we will be getting our stake back.
There have been at least 2 goals scored in all 8 of these 2 teams' World Cup games thus far, with 3 of those going over 2.5 goals.
Interestingly these teams have faced each other on 5 occasions in previous World Cups with the first three meetings ending with 4/4/3 goals each game, whilst the last 2 meetings ended in a 0-0 tie. Encouragingly both teams have conceded in their previous 16 victories
Corners Over / Under
The Dutch games throughout this World Cup have seen an average of 9 corners per game, whilst Argentina matches have had 7.5 per game. Although we expect goals in this game, we don’t believe many will come from corners and the teams won’t be actively seeking corners to aid in their goalscoring process.
The last time these teams met both ended on 4 corners each and we see a similar outcome in this matchup.
The Under 8.5 corners line at -120 seems like a good angle here, a lot of midfield possession is expected and we don’t expect many crosses into the box, as both teams have averaged a combined 6.3 crosses per game in this World Cup.
A safer combo for both plays that we like is Over 1.5 match goals and Under 10.5 corners at the World Cup betting odds of -120.
Predicted Score: Netherlands 1 - Argentina 1
World Cup Pick: Under 8.5 Corners (-120) at BetOnline
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