Netherlands v Belgium – Amsterdam Arena at 19:45 live on Chelsea TV
My latest Asian Handicap Betting preview focuses on the international friendly between the Netherlands and Belgium.
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The decline of the Netherlands has baffled the majority of football fans. After shocking the world with their failure to qualify for Euro 2016, the team are now under growing pressure to start performing.
Since the Euros, Danny Blind has taken charge of the squad, replacing Guus Hiddink who resigned after their terrible Euro 2016 qualification campaign.
Much is expected of this Dutch side, which boasts a talented array of players such as Janssen, Robben, Wijnaldum and van Dijk. However, the team as a whole are failing to perform.
The home side have only won 1 of their last 4 games and despite this encounter being just a friendly, there’s plenty of pressure on the outcome!
At the beginning of October, the Netherlands lost 1-0 to France in a World Cup Qualifier.
Most worryingly however is that Holland’s form on home soil has been terrible and they’ve lost 6 out of their last 7 home games. A win against a talented Belgium side would certainly give Blind’s team a confidence boost ahead of their upcoming World Cup Qualifier against Luxembourg.
Belgium had a disappointing Euros after exiting the tournament off the back of a 3-1 defeat to Wales in the quarter-finals.
Since then, Roberto Martinez has replaced Marc Wilmots as head coach. At present the signs are positive, with Belgium winning their last 3 World Cup Qualifiers against Cyprus (3-0), Bosnia (4-0) and Gibraltar (6-0).
The quality in this Belgium squad is unquestionable, although in recent years they have struggled to gel as a team. Having De Bruyne, Lukaku, Carrasco and Hazard in your side looks great on paper, but Belgium are yet to perform on the big stage as one would expect.
Hazard is likely to pose a big threat on Wednesday, as the Chelsea midfielder is back on form after an abysmal 2015/16 season. He scored a brace in Chelsea’s 5-0 win over Everton last weekend and is worth backing to feature on the scoresheet.
Belgium have won 5 of their last 6 away games and with the Netherlands faltering on home soil, the away side might fancy their chances!
There is no doubt that both teams have a considerable amount of talent in their squad, but Belgium are definitely the form side. The Netherlands are still struggling, despite being under a new head coach and taking everything into consideration, I think backing Belgium -0.25 on the Asian Handicap betting market looks value at 2.07.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Belgium -0.25 @ 2.07 with Pinnacle
Prices correct at time of writing.