The business end of the World Cup finally gets underway on Saturday, as the round of 16 gets started with the Netherlands taking on the United States. Both sides have impressed in Qatar so far this year, but which nation can be the first to book their spot in the quarterfinals?
Before Betting On Netherlands vs USA
It has been a steady World Cup campaign to this point for the Netherlands, but the Dutch will need to step their game up in the round of 16. Louis van Gaal is still yet to taste defeat since returning to the national team job, and they faced few issues in topping Group A. The Dutch finished with two wins from three games, with their only blip coming in their draw against Ecuador.
Netherlands has a formidable record at the World Cup against non-European nations, as they are unbeaten in their previous 19 matches. Their last defeat against a nation from outside Europe came at the 1994 World Cup, as they were beaten by Brazil.
Meanwhile, the United States has a poor record against European opposition, as they are winless in their previous eleven. Their most recent success came back at the 2002 World Cup, as they beat Portugal 3-2. Their previous meeting against a European nation came earlier in the group stage, as they were held to a 0-0 draw by England.
The United States has already surpassed what many were expecting at the World Cup this year by reaching this stage. It was a tight battle for second spot in Group B, but it was the United States that came out on top, with Christian Pulisic’s goal being the decisive moment in their 1-0 success against Iran on matchday three.
Netherlands vs USA Offshore Odds & Pick
This should be a thrilling fixture in prospect, as both nations have impressed at certain points at the World Cup. However, we struggle to see past the Netherlands. They are unbeaten in ten matches at the World Cup under Louis van Gaal, and Cody Gakpo looks excellent value to extend his scoring run at the competition.