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Netherlands European Cup 2012: Euro 2012 Odds & Group B Predictions

Netherlands Euro 2012 Might Be Right Time For Dutch To Shine: The Netherlands has been one of the up and coming soccer teams in the world over the course of these last several years. The Dutch were the runners up in the World Cup in 2010, and they know that they have the ability to do a lot of damage here in this tournament.

The problem though, is that the Dutch are playing in this year’s Group of Death, Group B. They clearly aren’t the best team in this group; Germany is. That doesn’t mean that Holland can’t successfully navigate the Group and win the foursome, but in the end, the expectation is a second place finish and a spot in the quarterfinals, something that Arjen Robben and company would probably take right now. There should be no slip ups to teams like Portugal and Denmark, the other teams in the group, but in the end, we have to realize that the Portuguese are also ranked in the Top 12 in the FIFA World Rankings, and they have the best player in the world arguably in Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Euro 2012 Schedule for Netherlands
Saturday June 9th: Netherlands vs. Denmark 12:00 p.m. (ET) (ESPN)
Wednesday, June 13th: Netherlands vs. Germany 2:45 p.m. (ET) (ESPN)
Sunday, June 17th: Portugal vs. Netherlands 2:45 p.m. (ET) (ESPN)

Offensively, we know that Holland has one of the best teams in the world. Robin van Persie already has 28 goals for his team, and Dirk Kuyt has 24. Of course, neither one is the team leader in goals for the Netherlands right now. Klaas Jan Huntelaar has 31 goals in just 53 career matches, making him one of the most accomplished strikers that this team has ever had. Wesley Sneijder, Mark van Bommel, Arjen Robben, Rafael van der Vaart, and Nigel de Jong are all amongst the awesome midfielders that Manager Bert van Marwijk will have at his disposal, and knowing that there are regularly at least six, if not seven playing in the offensive half of the field, the options are most certainly here.

About the only issue that the team is going to have is in net and in defense. Maarten Stekelenburg is going to be the team’s net minder in this tournament, and he isn’t one of the best five goalies here in Euro 2012. He has a defense in front of him that has proven to potentially be problematic. Jetro Willems is just 18 years old, but his role for PSV Eindhoven is remarkable, and he could be the key to help out a defense that is experienced, but sometimes struggles.

Qualifying for Euro 2012 was never an issue for the Dutch. They made it through a relatively easy group, and their only real problem came in the dying matches against teams like Sweden and Moldova when qualification was already ensured. In the lead up matches for this event though, there were some slips for certain. The team was beaten 3-0 by Germany, a team that is going to be on the schedule here in Group B, and Bulgaria actually won a game on Dutch soil back in May 2-1. Since that point though, the Netherlands has beaten Slovakia and Northern Ireland by the combined score of 8-0 in two very easy matches.

Netherlands 2012 Euro Championship Tips & Euro 2012 Betting Odds: BetOnline Sportsbook is featuring the Dutch at +175 to win Group B, but the bigger concern is that the team qualifies for the quarterfinals. Holland is -200 to get into the second stage of this tourney, but in the end, that isn’t the ultimate concern. The difference between winning and coming in second in Group B really isn’t much, knowing that none of the teams in Group B should be all that special. But that’s why the Dutch are +600 on the odds to win Euro 2012, making them the third favorites on the board. Robin van Persie is also the second favorite on the odds to win the Euro 2012 Golden Boot at +900.

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