Nevertheless, Bert van Marwijk’s side have a chance of qualifying for the quarter finals and will feel reasonably confident this can be achieved considering a victory over Portugal allied with a Germany win against the Danes should be enough.
You can get odds of 6/1 (Paddy Power free bets) that Holland make the quarter final of Euro 2012 where they would probably face Russia although the first port of call is to try and win their match against Portugal by a handsome margin.
Odds of 13/8 (bet365 £200 free bets) are available about the Dutch winning in Kharkiv and they have the attacking weaponry to make it a difficult night for Paulo Bento’s side, especially as the latter threw away a 2-0 lead against Denmark and do look vulnerable in the air.
Van Marwijk has to make a decision whether to stick with two holding midfielders but he will surely field Rafael van der Vaart instead and the Tottenham midfielder is 14/1 (bet365) to score first and demonstrate to the manager that he should have started both of the team’s previous matches.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was also thrown on at half-time with the Germans leading 2-0 and it’s worth noting that he was the top scorer when it came to Euro 2012 qualifying, with the Schalke 04 man available at 15/2 to score first and Robin van Persie 13/2 to do the same.
Portugal hold all the aces ahead of this game, knowing that a draw is likely to be enough providing that Germany don’t lose to Denmark, especially as they have a better head-to-head record thanks to beating the Danes 3-2.
After a narrow defeat against the Germans where they shackled Mesut Ozil and Mario Gomez for much of the match, they played a more expansive game against Morten Olsen’s side and were cruising at 2-0 before needing a late winner to seal a 3-2 victory.
Odds of 9/5 (Paddy Power) are available about a Portuguese win and Cristiano Ronaldo will be determined to make the most of any opportunity on the counter-attack even if his team will adopt a policy of safety-first.
The Real Madrid forward is a 6/1 chance to score the first goal of the match and would be his first of the tournament, with the Netherlands defence looking vulnerable after shipping a couple of easy goals to the Germans.
This is a match that could go one of two ways. The Dutch could score an early goal which would open things up and force their opponents to come forward. Or it could be a stalemate which eventually sees Portugal nick a late goal.