Netherlands the First in Online Gambling to Advance to Round of 16

The first team to be on the online gambling board for the round of 16 in the World Cup is the Netherlands.

They defeated Japan on Saturday by a score of 1-0 and with Denmark’s win over Cameroon, advanced to the knockout round.  The Netherlands have won both of their games so far vs. the odds at Internet gambling companies and they are favored in their final group match against Cameroon.

Online gambling odds favor the Netherlands on Thursday against Cameroon.  The Netherlands will be trying to clinch the top spot in Group E and that shouldn’t be much of a problem against a Cameroon team that has already been eliminated.  Denmark and Japan will be playing at the same time on Thursday to see which team joins the Netherlands in the next round. 

The Netherlands has advanced into the round of 16 but they have not really been that impressive.  Wesley Sneijder scored the only goal of the match against Japan as he hit the game winner in the 53rd minute. Although the Netherlands has not been flashy, they have six points in two matches and that is better than almost any other team in the World Cup.  Coach Bert van Marwijk is more concerned about winning than the style of play. Japan’s defense did a pretty good job against the Netherlands but Robin van Persie was able to find some space and Sneijder was able to score past Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.

Cameroon became the first team eliminated from the World Cup and they have nothing to play for on Thursday against the Netherlands.  It has been a very disappointing World Cup for Cameroon as they were thought to have a good chance to advance from this group in online gambling odds. Now it will be either Denmark or Japan that joins the Netherlands in the knockout round.

The Netherlands were the favorites to win Group E in online gambling odds at Internet gambling companies and they should have no trouble even if they don’t get the win against Cameroon.  Denmark or Japan would have to win by a large margin in online gambling odds to overtake the Netherlands in goal differential.  That seems extremely unlikely so while the Netherlands has not statistically clinched the top spot in Group E, realistically they have already done so.