2014 World Cup: Brazil vs Netherlands Preview

July 10, 2014
By: Deke Hardman

The penultimate match of this summer’s World Cup takes place in Brasilia on Saturday as hosts Brazil face the Netherlands in the battle for third place.

Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side’s semi-final result will go down in history, but not for the way the nation would have hoped.

The Selecao were thrashed 7-1 by Germany in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday; the biggest ever losing margin in a World Cup semi-final, the country’s biggest ever defeat and their first home loss in a competitive match in a competitive match since 1975.

Thiago Silva is set to return to the starting line-up after serving a one match suspension, while star striker Neymar remains side-lined with a back injury.

Coral have much maligned striker Fred priced at 8.0 (7/1) to get the first goal of the game, with Hulk a 9.0 (8/1) chance with Ladbrokes.

Brazil are favourites to win the match in ninety minutes, with most firms offering a price of 2.25 (5/4) while the Netherlands are as highly priced as the 3.3 (23/10) on offer from Bet 365, who offer 3.8 (14/5) for the draw.

The Netherlands lost to Argentina on penalties on Wednesday evening, and so missed out on the chance to compete in a second successive World Cup final.

Michel Vorm may be given the nod in goal by manager Luis van Gaal, as he is the only member of the Dutch squad yet to appear at the finals this summer.

Robin van Persie is favourite to open the scoring at 6.5 (11/2) with most firms, with Arjen Robben a 7.5 (13/2) chance with Bet 365.

The last meeting between the sides ended goalless, and with the Netherlands last two games ending 0-0 you may be tempted to back that outcome here at a generous price of 19.0 (18/1) with Coral.

Alternatively, as all but one of the eight meetings prior to the draw in Goiania three years ago saw both teams score you may prefer to take advantage of the price of 1.5 (1/2) on offer from most firms for that to happen here.

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