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Netherlands v Bulgaria – massive World Cup qualifier for Bulgaria and the Netherlands
When the Netherlands were beaten 4-0 by France on Thursday night it was an embarrassment but it also resulted in their chances of being one of the 32 teams at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. They have just three matches remaining and basically need to get the nine points on offer. They hired Dick Advocaat to make them more stable but the France defeat was extremely poor and they must now show that they are better than being fourth in Group A.
Luckily for the Dutch, they play Bulgaria and then Sweden and Luxembourg so they know that three wins would change around their situation very quickly. They also have a better goal difference than Bulgaria so would overtake them with just two more points.
Bulgaria on the other hand, would be causing an upset if they can get close to reaching the Wolrd Cup. They were in the 1994 (reaching the last-four) and 1998 editions but since then have just reached the Euro 2004 tournament where they were knocked out in the group stages. Even though the Euros now allow for 24 teams, they were not able to qualify.
Petar Hubchev’s team is not renowned for having any outstanding players, but they work together and have proven to be a difficult team to play against. They have not drawn any games and are dangerous in attack, though maybe weak defensively. Their best score lines so far have been victories over the Netherlands and also Bulgaria, whom they beat on Thursday night.
For the Swedes, they have reacted well to the loss of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Manchester United striker retired from his national team last year and has not been missed as much as was expected. His country is now second in Group A and could easily reach the play-offs for next summer’s World Cup.
The Tipbet.com website has a great number of odds available and covers all World Cup matches. The Dutch are rated as favourites by Tipbet – they are 1.30 to get three points which would take them to 10. Bulgaria are 2.95 to not be beaten with a Double Chance bet. There are 59 markets overall.
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