2014 World Cup Betting: Netherlands vs. Mexico Picks & Odds

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 2:49 PM GMT

The Round of 16 arrives in the World Cup with a host of countries that look like they can compete for the trophy. Arjen Robben, Robin Van Persie and the Dutch will have to get through Mexico to reach the quarter-finals and we've got our early soccer picks for the match ready for reading.


Odds Overview

What a great match this will be. What sort of soccer betting lines are on offer?

As expected, Netherlands is favored, with the prices ranging from +105 to +115. We can side with Mexico at +275, not a bad price given how strong they've looked in this tournament.

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Netherlands
Taking the tournament by storm, the Dutch enter the knockout rounds as one of the most potent (and entertaining) sides remaining.

The group stages were a walk in the park for Netherlands. It all started with the unforgettable showdown with Spain in which Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie shredded the defending champions from start to finish.

After that 5-1 win, the Dutch then overcame Australia (3-2) and Chile (2-0) to take all nine points available to them in Group B.

The victory over the Chileans was impressive considering it was practically an away match in a hostile environment. Moreover, Louis van Gaal was without the services of Van Persie, who had to sit out because of a yellow-card suspension, while Bruno Martins Indi was also rested due to concussion-like symptoms.

Getting a win over a quality opponent like Chile without your strongest XI just goes to show you the state of Dutch soccer right now. He may be heading to Manchester United, but the work van Gaal has done with the national team shouldn't go unnoticed and the people of Netherlands must be grateful.


Mexico
Ask any Mexico fan if they would have taken seven points in a tough Group A before the competition started and they would have gladly accepted. Well, here we are.

The Mexicans have been one of the pleasant surprises of the World Cup, going undefeated in their group stage campaign. They beat Cameroon 1-0 to kick things off, held hosts Brazil to a 0-0 draw and then beat Croatia 3-1 to book their spot.

Rafa Marquez, Andres Guardado and Javier Hernandez scored the goals for Mexico in the win over the Croatians. Tensions were high coming in, with the Mexicans in control of their own fate, but they more than followed through with another feisty all-around effort.

As we've learned, this Mexican squad isn't going to go down easily, especially now that they've built up quite a bit of momentum.

And with dangerous attacking players like Guardado, Dos Santos, Peralta and then Hernandez off the bench, Netherlands will certainly have to be at their best defensively to deal with this Mexico attack.


World Cup Pick
This is going to be a cracking match. It's a shame that one of these teams will have their World Cup dreams come to an end so early on in the knockout round.

There's a lot of love for the Dutch at the moment and they of course deserve it, but are they perhaps a little over-valued for this win-or-go-home situation against Mexico?

If you've been watching this tournament, you know the Mexicans have been performing at a very high level. They're getting amazing crowd support every time they step out on the pitch and they've risen to the occasion in a big way.

We expect a lot of people to jump on the Netherlands bandwagon, but we're picking the “upset” for Sunday. Mexico has been fearless in the World Cup and we think they can emerge victorious.

MLB Pick: Netherlands 1 Mexico 2