Holland Euro 2012 betting

Holland appear to be the most unlucky country when it comes to the finals of major international competitions after once again finishing runner-up in the World Cup in South Africa with a 1-0 loss to Spain. While they may have been criticised for the abrasive style of football employed in this fixture by players such as Nigel De Jong and Mark Van Bommel it can hardly be argued that throughout the tournament they played nothing less than brilliant, attractive, attacking football. The players who epitomised this style of play were notably midfield duo Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder. In fact the Dutch squad almost picks itself with these two players likely to be joined by the majority of the losing World Cup finalists, including Robin Van Persie, Nigel De Jong, Gregory Van Der Viel and Maarten Skeklenburg.

The Netherlands Euro 2012 odds

After the Oranje managed to reach the final of the World Cup last year and after their impressive defeat of a Brazil squad in good form they are surely great value at odds of 9.2 on Betfair to win the competition. The European Championship is the only major international tournament that the Dutch have managed to win. They have also managed to reach at least the quarter-finals of the competition in every one of the finals. Their qualification for the tournament has gone forward without as much as a hitch, with them producing some stunning attacking football. A maximum 12 points from 4 games speaks volumes, as does the 12 goals and 2 goals conceded that have accompanied those victories.

The Netherlands Euro 2012 best bets

The Netherlands World Cup performance will probably be remembered most for karate kicks and body crunching tackles and while this may not fully represent the Dutch in South Africa it does make the prospect of a bet on midfield enforcer Nigel De Jong picking up the most bookings in the tournament an interesting one. Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie may feel that he has something to prove having failed to hit top form in South Africa, the striker who has knocked in 19 goals for his country managed to only score once at the World Cup. However, he is back to full fitness and banging them in for his club and will definitely be good value as a contender for the Golden Boot.