Mexico get an attempt to avenge one of the most controversial defeats in the World Cup history as they travel to Amsterdam Arena for a friendly against the Netherlands. In Brazil, the Netherlands had to come from behind to finally win against a daring Mexico side with a controversial penalty on Arjen Robben, transformed into the winning goal by Schalke’s Huntelaar.
The hosts are not doing well in their qualification group for EURO 2016, seeing as they trail with 6 points behind the leaders of the group. They then took it to dramatics to the point where Guss Hiddink now claims he will resign if Netherlands lose one more time against Latvia: “If we lose, it makes sense that I leave,” Hiddink told a press conference on Friday.
Miguel Herrera took the best he could for this match up, but surprisingly enough left Peralta out of the squad which gave Carlos Vela the call to the national team where he is out to prove himself. Only 11 players out of almost 23 were part of the Brazil experience, and seeing as Marquez, Rodriguez and Moreno are not part of the squad, leaves one to wonder just how much does this Mexico side rely on Ochoa to close up the goal line?
Since Brazil, Mexico played four friendly matches winning three of them and managing to keep a clean sheet. The Netherlands also disputed four matches right after Brazil, where they won the bronze, and they lost three managing to win only against Kazakhstan. Hiddink has called up a very in form Daley Blind, who has a 90% pass accuracy in Premier League, and hopes Netherlands will play better. Ron Vlaar also makes his return to the squad after missing the start of the qualification campaign through injury, and once again Netherlands will look towards Robben, Van Persie and Huntelaar to score.
Mexico are yet to win against Netherlands, and while they might be the most driven team this time around, the hosts will also play for prestige. The one thing in common both teams have is the fact that in all matches so far both teams have scored and 888sport offers 2.00 odds for this to happen again. Netherlands to win has 1.75 odds, Mexico 4.75 and a draw (last time it happened back in 1998) has 3.60 odds. The hosts to win both halves has 4.80, the visitors to win at least one 2.70, and we’re betting 7 units on Netherlands to score in both halves at 2.90 odds.
Netherlands: Team’s Formation
Mexico: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Netherlands to score in both halves