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The Netherlands and Argentina will headline Friday’s quarterfinal matches in the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament. The two sides will kick off at 7:00 PM in the United Kingdom at the Lusail Iconic Stadium. 

Just three wins separate either the Netherlands or Argentina from lifting the World Cup trophy. The trophy is within touching distance, but one of the teams will go home on Friday empty-handed. 

Argentina reached the quarterfinals thanks to a 2-1 win against Australia in the last 16. Lionel Messi found the back of the net for the third time in the World Cup, while Julian Alvarez added a second goal to his tally.

The Netherlands were fantastic against the United States, winning 3-1 thanks to goals from Memphis Depay, Daley Blind, and Denzel Dumfries. The Dutch were brilliant tactically and executed a masterclass game plan. Louis van Gaal will likely use a similar game plan against the Argentines. 

Sportsbooks’ best betting odds on The Netherlands winning at full-time are 13/5. Argentina are at odds of 6/5 to win, while a draw is at the best betting odds of 21/10. Let’s explore some ideas for a bet builder for the World Cup fixture. 

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For the second World Cup 2022 quarter-final match on Friday, we have handpicked five selection worthy of being part of this Netherlands vs Argentina bet builder. If you bet just £10 on this five-fold bet builder and you could profit £55.

To qualify: The Netherlands

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You may think it sounds silly that the Netherlands can qualify for the semifinals against Lionel Messi and Argentina, yet it doesn’t seem farfetched. The Dutch are playing well in the World Cup with three wins and a draw to their name. 

Argentina’s Group C opening day 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia has been forgotten about by most fans. It really shouldn’t be forgotten about, as the Argentines are about to run into one of the best squads and managers in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. 

Argentina have not played a top-tier European team in the World Cup. La Albiceleste lost to Saudi Arabia before defeating Mexico and a very bad Poland team. A round-of-16 win against Australia saw them into the quarterfinals. 

Messi is dragging this team along. He has three goals in the tournament while Julian Alvarez has two goals. Friday’s game could go to extra time or penalties, so the ‘to qualify’ selection covers all eventualities. Our betting tips prediction is for the Netherlands to qualify. 

Both teams to score in the first half: NO 

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All four of the Netherlands’ matches in the 2022 FIFA World Cup finished the first half with both teams not scoring goals. The Dutch’s defence has played well throughout, conceding twice in four games. The attack scored eight goals. 

Argentina also had all four games in the World Cup go into the halftime break with both teams not scoring. Argentina have played well in defence, conceding three times in four games. La Albiceleste kept two clean sheets with those coming against Mexico and Poland. 

The Argentines scored seven goals in their opening four games. Like the Dutch, they kept two clean sheets at full-time. 

The first half of the 2022 FIFA World Cup matches have been low scoring. The tournament has had 54% of matches end with both teams not scoring goals. The figure increases dramatically when speaking solely about the first half. 

Our betting tips prediction is for the first half to be close and cagey. Neither side will want to lose the tie in the first 45 minutes. It should end with both teams not scoring. 

Total Cards: Under 5.5 cards

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The Netherlands and Argentina have been well-behaved at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Dutch received just two yellow cards and zero red cards in four matches. 

Argentina also received just two yellow cards in their opening four games. No red cards were given to La Albiceleste players. 

Referees have kept their cards in their pockets at the World Cup. Games have been allowed to flow. Referees are not punishing players with yellow cards, and teams are relatively well-behaved. 

The teams with the most yellow cards in the World Cup to this point are already out of the competition. Saudi Arabia picked up 14 yellow cards, Serbia pocketed 12 yellow cards, and Ghana, Uruguay, and Canada all had eight yellow cards. All of those teams did not make it through the group stage. 

The cream of the crop is left in the World Cup. Our betting tips prediction is for under 5.5 cards combined on Friday. 

Total goals: Under 3.5 goals

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The Dutch’s win over the United States may have produced four goals combined, but this time around, against a strong Argentina team, the game should be low scoring. 

All four Argentina games in the 2022 FIFA World Cup ended with under 3.5 goals scored. The Argentine defence has kept two clean sheets. The Dutch also kept two clean sheets in four games. Three of their four matches in the tournament finished with under 3.5 goals. 

The World Cup had 42 of its opening 56 games end with under 3.5 goals scored. The tournament had 75% of its opening 56 fixtures finish with under 3.5 goals. 

Eleven of Argentina’s 13 games in 2022 finished with under 3.5 goals. Seven of the Netherlands’ 12 games in 2022 finished with fewer than 3.5 goals. Our betting tips prediction is for under 3.5 goals at full-time. 

Total corners: Over 8.5

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The Dutch combined for nine corners with the United States in the round of 16. Argentina somehow only had four total corners against Australia. The Argentines tallied just one corner, which showed the Aussies were doing most of the attacking, as they chased the game. 

Argentina saw over 8.5 corners in two of their four games in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Netherlands had over 8.5 corners in two of their four games in the tournament. 

Friday’s quarterfinal should have plenty of attacking football and two strong defences. Our betting tips prediction is for over 8.5 corners at full-time. The teams should be closely matched, which should result in a low score but a high corner count.