Argentina vs. Netherlands World Cup 2022 Quarter-Final Pick – December 9

A truly marquee match-up will feature prominently on Friday afternoon in the World Cup quarter-finals when Argentina take on the Netherlands. Both teams have title aspirations, and both squads enter riding some real confidence at the moment.

Louis van Gaal’s Dutch side easily disposed of the Americans in the round of 16, by a 3-1 score-line. They’ve been solid at the back for the entire tournament, and possess a dangerous attacking front up top.

Argentina meanwhile put it on cruise control and also easily disposed of Australia in their round of 16 game. Lionel Messi is in excellent form right now, and likely realizes that this could be his final chance at World Cup glory.

Both of these teams possess elite skill but have received the dubious distinction of not advancing past this stage in major tournaments. Both sides have come of up too short, too many times – and at Qatar 2022, something surely will have to give. With the skill on the pitch Friday afternoon, this Argentina/Netherlands clash should be a thrilling encounter.

Continue reading on beneath the posted odds and betting history, for the latest news, trends, and information to help you make an informed decision when betting on this year’s World Cup. With all that is on the line, this quarter-final Argentina vs. Netherlands match surely won’t disappoint. Enjoy the game, folks!

Argentina vs. Netherlands Live Odds & Betting History

Betting odds provided by BOVADA

SPREAD-0.5 (+125)+0.5 (-145)
TOTALOver 2.5 (+100)Under 2.5 (-120)
Overall Record3-1-03-1-0
Home/Away Record2-0-11-2-0
Expected Goals2.552.09
Expected Goals Allowed1.231.05
Clean Sheets40%60%

Argentina vs. Netherlands Prediction

With dominant players across the pitch, this should be a thrilling encounter – especially as both teams like to play on the ball. For the Dutch, manager Louis van Gaal will have his full team available, and a powerful back-line in defense will receive their first real test of the tournament. Led by Liverpool’s star defender in Virgil van Dijk, the Dutch will have their hands full handling a potent Argentinean attack. Led by Angel di Maria and Lionel Messi – that tandem possess elite skill and creativity, and could find holes inside the 90 minutes.

The Dutch though are no slouches on the ball either, and should be powerful in the midfield, and equally lethal up top. Memphis Depay is in excellent form, and paired with an emerging star in Cody Gakpo, that’s a tandem that should also challenge Argentina’s defense. At the back, Argentina have definitely shown some holes at Qatar 2022, and backing the Dutch to find the net isn’t a bad shout for Friday afternoon.

Expect a relatively even, and back-and-forth encounter. Both teams will be inclined to go for it, as their strengths remain on the ball, opposed to defending. The Dutch are especially quick out wide, and on the counter, and should trouble Argentina in transition. Meanwhile, up top Lionel Messi vs. Virgil van Dijk is a must-see matchup, and it’s tough to ever count out one of football’s greatest talents ever in Messi. Expect both teams to score, but the Dutch as noticeable underdogs remains tempting.

Argentina vs. Netherlands Trends To Know:

  • Netherlands is 10-3-1 in its last 14 matches.
  • The UNDER is 8-6 in Netherlands’ last 14 matches.
  • Netherlands have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 home matches against Argentina in all competitions.
  • Argentina is 7-3-1 in its last 11 matches.
  • Argentina have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches (FIFA World Cup).

While the Dutch have held Argentina off the scoresheet in recent competitions, it is unlikely Lionel Messi will go silent once again given his form. Both sides enter with great attacking prowess and backing the ‘Both Teams To Score – YES’ market remains an excellent wager. Ultimately I anticipate the Dutch getting the better of the attacking opportunities and really troubling Argentina’s defense – similar to what was seen in the early stages of group matches. Their 3-5-2 formation and creativity out wide in the flank areas will be crucial to their attacking success. I anticipate extra time, but the Dutch hang with Argentina as sizeable underdogs in this quarter-final showdown.

Our Pick
Netherlands +0.5
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Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist providing top-notch analysis on the World Cup and European Championships. Over the years, he’s expanded his coverage to include other major sports like the NFL, NHL and MLB. As an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, Salvarinas is always eager to share his insight or get into a healthy debate over what bets to make.

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