One of the more intriguing first round matches will occur Tuesday morning between Netherlands and New Zealand. The Dutch enter France 2019 with a wave of optimism surrounding their group. There is a quiet confidence within this squad and they are definitely loaded with talent all over the pitch. Beyond the top tier of France and the USA, the Netherlands are surely right behind that duo and their title aspirations cannot be discounted.
Going against them will be a much improved New Zealand squad that will be pushing for their first-ever World Cup victory – on either the men’s or women’s side. They are well-organized, disciplined, and should be able to defend well. They’ll get a stiff test right off the hop as they host a powerful Dutch attack.
In what has already been a pretty fascinating World Cup to date, with some mild shockers mixed in – many pundits feel like this Dutch vs. New Zealand showdown could produce an interesting result. Feel free to keep on reading below the odds for a detailed match breakdown and betting prediction for this clash.
Netherlands vs. New Zealand Betting Odds:
New Zealand (+660)
New Zealand +1.5 (-103)
Netherlands -1.5 (-117)
Netherlands vs. New Zealand Pick:
The New Zealand team isn’t your typical underdog. They have loads of World Cup experience – making their fourth straight visit to soccer’s grandest stage. The Kiwis will likely have seven players in their starting lineup who have made more than 100 starts for their squad. Recently, they have had stellar results against powerful sides from both England and Norway, and their structured and counter-attacking style could give fits to some of the Dutch players.
That said, I don’t expect this to be the case on Tuesday. Perhaps the Dutch could succumb to an upset result in previous years, but this Netherlands group is too strong and too well-rounded to get caught off-guard or by surprise by the grit and structure of New Zealand. Over a full 90 minutes, look for the Dutch to assert their skill game and simply take over control of the match. Led up front by Vivianne Miedema, the Dutch are so talented when they have the ball. This has caused many experts to say that their attacking game is on par with that of France and the Americans. The key for the Dutch women will be keeping their composure, and focusing on getting numbers behind the ball when they aren’t in possession.
The Dutch are a young team, but they’re loaded with talent. Though this game is a mismatch in terms of experience, look for Dutch skill to prevail. Expect Miedema and Lieke Martens to control the ball, resulting in a goal each for that deadly tandem. Though New Zealand will do some good things and are mostly solid in defense, they haven’t played this motivated version of the Dutch yet. Expect the Netherlands to make a strong entry to France 2019 on Tuesday with a comfortable two-goal victory.