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Argentina v Netherlands betting preview

Tonight's second semi final will do well to match the incredible events of last night's first last four encounter which saw Germany dismantle Brazil in ruthless fashion. However it promises to be an equally intriguing contest between another two of world football's heavyweights.

Odds comparison site show Argentina are favourites with the bookmakers, at best odds of 6/4 to triumph in 90 minutes. The Netherlands to win in normal time is available at 9/4. Argentina are 3/4 to qualify for the final, with the Dutch 5/4 to do so.

Three of the last five meetings between these two countries have finished in draws. Both sides have already faced extra time in the competition and another draw after 90 minutes in this clash is best odds of 11/5 through and Coral.

Interestingly, 10 of the Netherlands 12 goals at this World Cup have come after halftime. William Hill offer 7/4 on the Dutch scoring more goals in the second half of this semi final than the first.

In addition, the last four Netherlands goals have all come after the 75th minute. It's 5/6 with Bet365 and Easyodds that there is a goal in this match after the 68th minute.

Despite not being overly convincing so far in the tournament, it is well worth noting that Argentina have not been behind at any stage in the competition to date. With that in mind, Easyodds shows they are favourites to be the first team to score, best priced at 97/100 with Marathon Bet. The Dutch are 20/1 with BetVictor to become the first side at the tournament to turnaround a deficit against Argentina and win.

Last night's emphatic Germany victory aside, the knockout stages of this World Cup have generally produced tight affairs and tonight promises to be no different. Argentina have won all their matches by a one-goal margin. Another victory by a goal for the South Americans is best odds of 16/5 with Ladbrokes, while a win for either side in 90 minutes by a single goal margin is 4/5 with Easyodds and Betway.

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