2014 World Cup Picks: Australia vs. Netherlands

Mike Richardson

Monday, June 16, 2014 3:16 PM GMT

The 2014 World Cup is well and truly underway and despite the disappointment on the pitch when England went down against Italy, your Humble Handicapper is cleaning up the bookies and he’s nice enough to share his latest top soccer tips.

We’re one round of games into the World Cup 2014 and your Humble Handicapper is already looking like he’s set to pick the winners and losers (yet again). It’s only just begun but after the Netherlands stuffed Spain 5-1, you’ll see just how right your Humble Handicapper was when he predicted that Spain weren't going to reclaim their world cup crown. Spain are now offered up at best soccer odds of 14/1 to actually win the World Cup and the bookies have cut their odds on the Netherlands lifting the trophy to 9/1.

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Enough with the “I told you so….” WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?
While the Netherlands are looking a tidy little side over in Brazil, poor Australia are looking a lot less fair dinkum. The Aussies are as high as 5000/1 to win the World Cup and are even offered up a 900/1 to win their group. We’re only one game in but the only thing keeping Australia off the bottom of their group is the hammering that the Netherlands inflicted on Spain.

The basics on this match are as follows, and your Humble Handicapper reckons that the bookies have got it right when they say that a Netherlands win is at ¼, a draw is at 5/1 and an Aussie win is at best soccer odds of 15/1.

If you want a safer bet go for Holland winning both halves at ¾ but if you must back an Australian bet why not go out on a shaky limb and back them to open the scoring? Stranger things have happened and it’s offered up a t 4/1, while the Netherlands scoring first is at 2/11.

The bookies have Australia not to qualify for the next round at 1/100, a big fat safe bet (with a tiny return) if ever there was one.

Still Australia have a chance on Wednesday night to get some points on the board and some goals in the net when they take on table topping Netherlands. Remember that Australia were 2-0 down when they got their only goal against Chile at the weekend.

Also I'm going to be having a cheeky bet on their being a red card in this game as Australia will be going hell for leather at the Dutch, in what is a “must win” game for them. The odds on there being an Australian sending off on Wednesday night when the Netherlands take on the Soccerroos is 6/1, certainly worth a bet.

As the last two games these sides played in generated 10 goals your Humble Handicapper feels very confident in predicting that both sides will score and suggest that you bet heavily on that at 5/4.

If you feel that the Aussies will take the mother of all pasting's at the hands and boots of the Netherlands then why not have a little bet on this match being the highest scoring game in the group at Evens, the Dutch have shown that they can score and Australia have shown they can concede. What’s more van Persie has now scored 10 goals in his last nine Netherlands appearances while Robben has scored seven in his last seven appearances for his national side.

Your Humble Handicapper also likes the look of the Netherlands winning by 3 or more goals at 13/8.

World Cup Prediction: Netherlands win 4-1 available at bets soccer odds of 19/1 with Ladbrokes.