The Netherlands have a history of great talent that has achieved really nothing. There are a few people and of course the Dutch community that tout them for the crown. That is reckless thinking. They are not the material for that at all.
The Dutch are buoyed by a clean and impressive 3/3 record in the first round, having netted 5 goals against 1. Robin van Persie is their sure trump card, and will be ably supported by the recovered Arjen Robin, my favourite in that line-up, a player in a form of his life.
They meet inconsistent Slovakia, a small and fairly new nation with big hearts and mature temperament for the game. They were pounded 0-2 by Paraguay after a 1-1 draw with part-timers, New Zealand. They proved to be big occasion boys when they sent World Champions, Italy, the Azzuri, for early preparation for the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament, with a thrilling 3-2 victory.
They have three things to worry about. They are goal shy. The Slovaks netted the ball just 4 times so far, 3 of those goals were in one match, maybe a positive for them to look at. Secondly, their defence is generous. They conceded goals in every match, 5 goals in all and two times twice. The final problem to worry about is the both the attack of the Dutch that has scored in every match and a defence that has kept 2 clean sheets.
For their trouble and for sending the Italians home, they will find their place in the hearts of many. The Netherlands will not be in any charitable mood and their supporters will not be worried. It has been nice having the Slovaks in the World Cup, but it is time to say “Bye bye”.