Brazil vs Netherlands 3rd Place Betting
Can Brazil get over their horrid showing in the semifinals losing 7-1?
Can the Netherlands get over the fact they lost to Argentina in the semifinals even though they kept a clean sheet and controlled the match? Both squads have their respective wounds, especially Brazil, but a win for third place would help the healing.
Bovada has World Cup betting odds for this match with Brazil posted at +125 the Netherlands at +200 and a draw line of +280.
The Brazil defense was shredded in the 7-1 semifinals lost to Germany, but at least for this match Thiago Silva is back. He missed the German match with two red cards, but will face the Dutch and hope to revive the defense that was embarrassed in the semis.
Fred, Hulk, Jo have to carry the attack with Neymar out for the tournament with a back injury. However, while they have the talent none of the trio has scored in the last three matches.
The Brazil attack will face a Dutch defense that had a clean sheet in the semifinals facing Argentina.
The Dutch may switch things around for this match with Memphis Depay and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar getting more play up front with Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie struggling to score in the last couple of matches. Still, the Dutch have the attack and even though they went scoreless in the semis they will not play a defensive match in this one.
Look for the Dutch to be on the attack more in this match.
Brazil is too proud as a squad to give up and they will bounce back and play a great match in beating the Netherlands and capturing third place. The Dutch coach has already stated the game is meaningless and shouldn’t even be played.
Prediction: 3-1 Brazil