The Netherlands, at odds of +1600 to win, will be heavily reliant on an elite defense when it takes on its rivals at Euro 2024 this summer. Virgil van Dijk, Nathan Aké, Matthijs de Ligt, and Stefan de Vrij will make this Dutch team very difficult to break down. The attack is not quite as impressive, but there are high hopes for Xavi Simons after his breakout season with RB Leipzig, so hope springs eternal for Dutch fans. Below, we cover the Netherlands’ odds to win the Euro, fixtures, analysis, and more.

Netherlands’ odds to win Euro 2024

The Dutch players did not exactly set the world alight during the qualifying campaign, as they lost home and away to France. Manager Ronald Koeman has never been renowned for his tactical prowess, either, so you could argue that is fair.

However, it is worth noting that this team is No. 6 in the FIFA world rankings. Netherlands was unfortunate to lose to eventual champion Argentina on penalties at the 2022 World Cup, and the squad is stacked with elite talent, so it has the potential to defy the odds this summer.

Poland vs. Netherlands odds & betting preview

Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk will go head-to-head with Poland’s Robert Lewandowski when these teams clash on June 16. It will be a fascinating battle between two of the world’s best players, and it could ultimately determine the outcome of this game.

The Dutch are 24 places ahead of Poland in the FIFA world rankings. They have a stronger defense and midfield than Poland, so sportsbooks have them as favorites to prevail. However, they do not have a traditional striker like Lewandowski to lead the line, so it will be interesting to see if they can outgun Poland in this match.

Other Euro 2024 futures bets on the Netherlands

You can also bet on when the Netherlands will be eliminated from the tournament. These are the soccer odds and options at bet365:

Another option is to back the Netherlands to reach a particular stage of the Euros. For example, bet365 has the Dutch at +163 to reach the quarterfinals. If you place that bet, you win if they make it through to the quarterfinals, regardless of how they perform after that.

Betting on the Netherlands’ Euro 2024 games

You will be able to bet on every game featuring the Netherlands at the Euros. Top online sportsbooks will offer more than 200 pregame markets, plus a wide array of live Euro betting options. These are the most popular bets:

Moneyline

A simple bet on the result of a Euro 2024 game featuring the Netherlands. For instance, Netherlands to beat Poland in the team’s opener is at . You can alternatively bet on a draw (tie) or a Poland win at .

Spread

You can also bet on who will cover the spread, with one team having a handicap. For example, these are some of the options on the Netherlands’ opening game:

Total goals

Online sportsbooks will accept over/under bets on the total goals in a game featuring the Netherlands. For example, you can find an over/under of when the Dutch take on Poland.

Additional betting options

These are some of the other popular options available to soccer bettors:

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Netherlands’ potential path to victory

The Netherlands is in a difficult Euro 2024 group alongside France, Austria, and Poland. It is an outsider at DraftKings to win Group D, which makes sense, as it lost both games against France in qualifying. If the Dutch finish second, they will take on the runner-up from Group E in the Round of 16.

That could be Ukraine, Romania, or Slovakia. Belgium is the heavy favorite to win Group E, leaving those three teams to potentially battle it out for second place. If the Dutch make it through to the quarterfinals, they could end up facing Portugal. That would be an intriguing clash. If they win, they could face Spain (Group B) in the semifinals, while potential opponents in the final could include England (Group C), France, and Belgium.

Netherlands group stage fixtures

The Dutch will begin their Euro 2024 campaign with a crucial game against Poland in Hamburg on June 16. The city is just 150 miles west of the Dutch border, so thousands of fans are likely to make the trip.

Why the Netherlands could win Euro 2024

The Netherlands is blessed with an abundance of elite defenders. It also boasts a great deal of pace down the flanks, with the likes of Jeremie Frimpong and Donyell Malen running riot in wide areas. Frenkie de Jong and Teun Koopmeiners are technically gifted midfielders, Cody Gakpo is a talented striker, and Xavi Simons is a prodigious talent, so the team has all the necessary ingredients to mount a serious bid for glory this summer.

What could stop the Netherlands from winning Euro 2024?

Ronald Koeman has an underwhelming record during his time as manager. He also struggled at Barcelona and Everton, leading some pundits to question his tactical nous. The Netherlands also lacks a world-class goalkeeper and a prolific striker, which could prove to be its downfall.

Key player: Xavi Simons

The 20-year-old playmaker will carry the weight of a nation on his shoulders at this summer’s European Championship. There are no concerns over the Dutch defense, but they have lacked creativity at previous tournaments, so Xavi will likely need to be at his brilliant best.

How has the Netherlands performed in past Euros?

The Netherlands won this tournament in 1988. Koeman started alongside Frank Rijkaard at the heart of defense in that game, while strikers Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten ultimately vanquished the Soviet Union. The team reached the semifinals in 1992, 2000, and 2004, but it has fallen short in recent years.

The Dutch failed to qualify for Euro 2016, and they suffered a disappointing Round of 16 defeat to the Czech Republic at the last European Championship. They then lost to Argentina in a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup, so they are still chasing their first trophy since that famous triumph in 1988.

Netherlands: Euro FAQ

What formation will the Netherlands adopt at Euro 2024?

Koeman declared that he would adopt a traditional 4-3-3 formation when he replaced Louis van Gaal as Netherlands manager in January 2023. However, he changed his tune after watching his team lose 4-0 to France in qualifying. Since then, he has gone with a 3-4-3 formation, with Aké, van Dijk, and de Ligt forming a strong defensive trio.

Will Xavi Simons start for the Netherlands at the Euros?

Simons is likely to start for the Netherlands at Euro 2024. He formed an attacking triumvirate with Cody Gakpo and Memphis Depay in a recent 4-0 win against Scotland, and Koeman could stick with that lineup at the Euros. However, Donyell Malen is in fine form for Borussia Dortmund, so competition for places is fierce on the Dutch team.

Who is the Netherlands’ top scorer?

Memphis Depay is the top scorer for the Netherlands if we focus on the players who are currently active. The Atlético Madrid forward has scored 44 goals in 90 games for his country, which is an impressive hit rate. That makes Depay the second-highest scoring player of all time for the Netherlands, just six behind record-holder Robin van Persie.