Group A. Netherlands Specials.
Netherlands is the main favorite in Group A of World Cup 2022, and it is the match of the teams from this group that will open the World Cup. We will talk about the strengths and weaknesses of the Oranje, one of the best teams on the planet, as well as the group stage and their chances to get into the world championship playoffs.Receive Your Welcome Bonus!
Senegal vs Netherlands on November 21
Sadio Mane will miss the World Cup. Although before that, despite the injury, Bayern Munich forward got into the tournament application. We understand, the Senegal team with Sadio and without are different teams. Senegal was an outsider against the Oranje, even with Mane, so we shouldn't be surprised that the odds of a Dutch win in the first-round match keep dropping.
They won Group G of World Cup qualification, beating the Turks and the Norwegians. The Oranje then won their Nations League group, beating the Poles, Welsh, and Belgium twice. Overall, the Oranje have a 14-match unbeaten streak. More often, the Dutch have scored at least two goals. There are doubts that the Africans will score. But the Oranje should win and reach the TO (1.5).
Our pick: W2 & TO (1.5) for 2.05 on betway.
Netherlands vs Ecuador on November 25
Ecuador may have been absent from the World Cup because of the disputed nationality of one of the players. However, FIFA sided with the team, and Ecuador will play the Netherlands in the second round. At the time, Ecuador has a six-match unbeaten streak dating back to World Cup qualifying. It is noteworthy that all matches of this period were unproductive. Ecuador scored three times and conceded once. In other words, the Ecuadorian team is an under one with a well-organized defense.
The Dutch need to top Group A to minimize the risk of facing the powerful English team in the last 16. The United States, Wales, and Iran are more pleasant opponents than the British Lions. So the Oranje will do everything to win every match in the group stage. Both opponents have strong defenses, so we doubt the game between the Europeans and South Americans will be packed with goals.
Our pick: W1 & TU (4.5) for 1.87 on betway.
Netherlands vs Qatar on November 29
We expect a goal showdown. Two games on the warming-up for such a great team should be enough. Before the playoff, the Oranje are better to be charged with positivity and confidence. And the Qatar national team is the right opponent despite being the hosts and, therefore, the fans' support.
Qatari team is also the reigning Asian champion. However, the Dutch team is excellent right now, having recently defeated Belgium in the first round of the Nations League. The Netherlands had a strong group stage in the Nations League, and Group A is not a group of death, especially since Senegal has the strongest striker, who, apparently, will not play against the Dutch. We need to see why the team will not make it to the last 16.
Our pick: H1 (-1) for 1.72 on bet365.
Dutch Team Players
The Dutch lineup is strong, so bookmakers do not expect anyone to take an individual trophy in Qatar. For example, only Memphis Depay is listed as the top 20 scorer (26.00 on bet365). We should note that Memphis played three matches for Barcelona this season and shot only one goal. Given the form of Depay, we doubt he has a real chance to win the scoring tournament.
The bookies also singled out Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen. He is quoted as the eighth contender for the Golden Gloves. We believe Cillessen has a better chance for an individual trophy than Depay. Overall, the Dutch have a pretty good defense, and the Orange have a good draw in the group stage, so everything will depend on how far his team makes it through the playoff net. Even a semifinal will give him a chance to become the tournament's best goalkeeper.
Expert Betting Tips
The bookmakers consider England's reaching the quarterfinals as a very probable event. At the same time, we consider the Netherlands' chances even higher, even if the two European national teams already crossed each other in the last 16. The recent matches of the Nations League give us confidence in this. The English failed in the tournament, dropping out of League A, while the Dutch, on the contrary, showed a high level of soccer, defeated Belgium twice and made it to the playoffs.