The Netherlands and Brazil will both look to avoid a dreaded two-loss losing streak and claim third place in the 2014 World Cup when they square off on Saturday, live from Brazil.
Making this semi-humbling affair more eventful is the fact that you could potentially cash in with some winning wagers on the game’s value-packed Asian Handicap Odds.
Starts: 07/12/2014 4:00PM
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Brazil vs. Netherlands World Cup 3rd Place Match Playoff Betting Odds
Spread: Brazil -0.5 vs. Netherlands +0.5
Asian Handicap: Brazil -0.0,-0.5 / Netherlands +0.0,+0.5
3-way line: Brazil +115 / Netherlands +230 / Draw +260
Total: 3 -110
Brazil will look to bounce back and finish in third place after taking a historic 7-1 pounding at the hands of Thomas Muller and Germany on Tuesday, but they’ll face a pretty tall task in trying to hold off a Netherlands tem that has to be a bit ticked off after falling to Argentina 4-2 on penalty kicks in extra time on Wednesday,
Brazil will be without injured superstar Neymar once again, so it’s going to be up to Hulk, David Luiz and Fred to get the job done. The team will get a boost from the return of captain Thiago Silva but the team’s overall psyche is yet to be determined after all of the public humiliation they’ve had to endure in their homeland.
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Brazil has managed to score 11 goals over their six matches, good for third place and they only allowed four goals through five matches – until Germany exploded for seven, so the team’s defense probably isn’t nearly as bad as it looked against Germany.
Brazil has gotten two goals apiece from David Luiz and Oscar but teammates, Fred, Hulk and Jo all haven’t scored in three straight matches, so they need to show up for the Brazilians to have a chance.
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The Netherlands scored a World Cup-best 10 goals in the opening group play round but have gone two straight matches without scoring in regulation time. While the Dutch men were a bit lucky to escape in their quarterfinal win over Costa Rica, a 4-3 win on penalty kicks, they got the short end of the stick against Argentina on Wednesday.
The Netherlands will look to their elite duo of forwards Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie to get them going offensive after the pair each scored three goals during the group play round.
Brazil averages 16.7 shot attempts per match and put 70 percent of their shot attempts on target through six matches while the Netherlands averages just 13.7 shot attempts per match just above the cup average of 13.3 per match. The Dutch men did manage to put an impressive 70 percent of their shot attempts on target.
My World Cup 3rd Place Match Playoff Asian Handicap Odds Pick:
I’m going to urge you to back Brazil to win their cup-closing contest and regain a small measure of pride as captain Thiago Silva leads a much-improved defensive effort and previously silent ‘stars’ Fred and Hulk find a way to give Brazil a narrow lead they manage to hold on to.
Brazil wins this one by a goal to cover the Asian Handicap odds that have them as a narrow favorite.