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Rupert Wyman 27th Jun 2010 - 17:05

Slovakia head into the Nether-Netherland

Holland have so far coasted through this World Cup. They never met their match with the likes of Denmark, Japan and Cameroon.

They are an enjoyable side to watch and they will have high hopes of landing that elusive World Cup trophy on July 11th.

Holland are serious fancies at 4/9 in 90 minutes to beat Slovakia, where they could meet either Brazil or Chile.

Vladimir Weiss' side Slovakia, will be looking for another famous win after they managed to topple Italy in the last match of their group.

A double from Vittek (10/1 2 or more), helped them to their 3-2 win over Italy.

Slovakia were a completely different team, to the side that drew with New Zealand and were comfortably beaten by Paraguay.

They have a lot of grit, their talisman and Captain Marek Hamsik is their main playmaker and he is a fantastic leader on the pitch.  I fancy the half time draw at 21/20, Holland are superb at biding their time before they break teams fully down and expose mistakes in the opposition's defence.

Slovakia will probably pack their defence in the first half and try to play Holland on the break.

Both Holland's games against Japan and Denmark were 0-0 at half time and it would not be a surprise to see the Draw/Holland Double Result at 16/5.

Holland have yet to concede a goal in open play but I fancy Slovakia to be their toughest opposition yet.

They will attempt to hit the Dutch on the break and both teams to score is priced at 11/8. Holland's back four has not been seriously tested yet and they may find Vittek a handle.

Holland have to make a decision whether they start Robben or keep faith with Van der Vaart. Robben came on as a substitute last match but he is still not fully fit, so they may not start him until the last eight, should they qualify.

Van Persie opened his account in the Dutch's last game against Cameroon and he is 3/1 to be first scorer. Holland have a great team ethic and Van Persie is a selfless player in the orange shirt. I would not back him to score at this price though because the Dutch enjoy sharing the goal scoring duties and this may not be his tie.

If you fancy Slovakia to mildly shock Holland, you could probably do worse than having Holland to come from behind and win or draw at 9/2. As mentioned earlier, their defence has not been properly tested and they could concede an early goal, if too many players surge forward.

 

 
 
 

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