Carlos Vela returns for Mexico revenge mission against Arjen Robben’s Netherlands

A controversial late penalty, won by Arjen Robben decided the last meeting between these two sides

A controversial late penalty, won by Arjen Robben, decided the last meeting between these two sides

The Netherlands has beaten Mexico by a score-line of 2-1 in their last three meetings. The most recent defeat can easily take the title of the most dubious. Mexico stood on the verge of making it into the last eight of the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986 until substitute Klass-Jan Huntelaar set up a Wesley Sneijder equalizer in the 88th minute. What followed next won’t easily be forgotten by Mexican fans as Arjen Robben won a last minute penalty in what, if not the worst dive of his career, was certainly his most contentions..

Netherlands advanced to the next round and Robben explained that sometimes he goes down easily to prevent injury– reasoning that would earn few sympathizers. It meant the end of Mexico’s impressive World Cup run that belied expectations. Guided by the energetic Miguel Herrera, El Tri stormed through the competition, pressing and hassling opponents relentlessly while confident in the saving grace of Saint Guillermo Ochoa.

 

Netherlands v Mexico Betting Odds:

Netherlands win 17/20

Mexico win 57/20

Draw 23/10

(All odds provided by Intertops.eu are accurate as of today and subject to change) 

 

The two enemies are now facing each other in what only the aloof would classify as a friendly. The Dutch are going through a wretched run of form after losing two of their first three Euro 2016 qualifiers with new boss Guus Hiddink, who has quickly come under intense scrutiny and has vowed to resign if he fails to engineer a victory over Latvia in their next match. The Dutch will be without Ajax’s Davy Klaassen, Milan’s Nigel De Jong and Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie.

Mexico on the other hand has been in great form: El Tri has not lost in four matches since they were knocked out of the world cup. There’s also specialness to this game besides for the vengeance sub-plot: Carlos Vela, the exiled and then self-exiled volatile striker is returning to the national team fold. Easily one of the best Mexican players of the current generation, the forward has found his form after leaving Arsenal for Real Sociedad in Spain. Though he has routinely denied the advances of the national team after an incident that saw him suspended for six months and lambasted by the media, he has seemingly had a change of heart; a decision that has been welcomed by his fans and critics alike.

Mexico will only be without Enrique Perez, who is ruled out through injury and has been replaced by Carlos Rodriguez.

 

Huntelaar has decreed that the Dutch will win all of their next matches not only for their own sake but for the sake of the coach, but with Mexico on the path of vengeance that could be a premature prediction. As their last match took place last than five months ago, the wound of the supposed injustice is still fresh, and Herrera has been quoted saying:

“If you then lose and in the way that happened to us, you go broke. At least I do. A win [on Wednesday] should be the first important step towards the real revenge over the next four years.”

Friendly may just be a loose term to describe this one. An ensuing battle seems more accurate.

 

Betting Instinct tip – A reverse of the last three scoreline, with Mexico winning 2-1, is 14/1 with AllYouBet.ag

 

BdykNApCQAEQ_-t ZITO MADU (zitov2) is a writer for SBnation, and has written for Surreal Football, LiveBreatheFutbol,  and numerous other sports sites. Follow him on Twitter or Google+.

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