Can Holland Triumph in Brazil?

Holland came oh so close to winning their first World Cup in 2010 and while they have a solid squad odds makers are not giving them of a chance in Brazil. This summer they have odds of +2800 to win the World Cup and would it be that surprising if they did not make it out of their group?

The Dutch are in a tough group this summer, as they not only have to face the team that beat them in the 2010 WC finals in Spain, but also a dangerous Chilean team. In the group stage they are at +250 to win it with defending WC champions Spain at -130 Chile at +400 and Australian the long shot with World Cup betting odds of +3300 at Bet365.

Holland was solid in WC qualifying, as they won 9 matches and only drew in one. They flamed out of the 2012 European Championships, but have high hopes in Brazil. Still, in their last three friendly matches after qualifying for next summer they have not looked great. They played to two draws against Japan and Colombia, who will both be playing in Brazil, and they lost 2-0 to France.

Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben lead the squad that has a ton of talent up front, but the defense, which has been an issue for the Dutch in recent years, has talent, but will be relying on younger players.

One big question is can Arjen Robben come through when it really matters? In the last World Cup final he had a one-on-one with Spanish G Iker Casillas and came up empty and also missed a penalty shot hat could have won the Champions League for Bayern Munich a couple of years back. His play will be key this summer, as he is the veteran of the squad and if he is in top form the Dutch have a chance.

Robben and Van Persie have been studs in their respective domestic leagues, but have to come through on the world stage to have any chance of giving Holland their first World Cup trophy.

Always a bridesmaid and never a bride, as Holland has been the runner up in three World Cups. The last time the World Cup was held in South America, back in 1978, Holland, like they did in 2010, lost in extra time. They have the talent on the pitch, but have to out it together, especially when it counts.