While shell-shocked Brazil and heartbroken Netherlands had their World Cup championship-winning hopes squashed in their respective semifinal losses, you have a chance to cash in either club when they meet on Saturday to decide the third place finisher.
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World Cup 3rd Place Match Playoff Betting Odds
Spread: Brazil -0.5 vs. Netherlands +0.5
3-way line: Brazil +115 / Netherlands +230 / Draw +260
Total: 3 -110
Brazil vs. Netherlands World Cup Thrid Place Match Betting Analysis
Both clubs still have an opportunity to close out their 2014 World Cup campaigns on a positive note and I believe this match is offering you a ton of value.
Brazil got beaten like a rag doll in their historic 7-1 loss to Germany in Tuesday’s semifinal showdown and now they have to regroup, if they can. The fact of the matter however, is that no matter what they say publicly, no one really knows how they’ll respond to their embarrassing and globally-televised shellacking.
The good news is that Brazil, despite their loss to Neymar and company, are still a pretty good team and better yet, they’ll have team Captain Thiago Silva, back on the pitch after he was forced to sit out against Germany because of a suspension.
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Head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari urged his team to move on from the debacle.
"I know my career will be marked by this defeat but we have an obligation to move on, thinking about the next goal, which in this case is the match for third place in Brasilia," he told a press conference.
"I know it’s a much smaller dream than we all wanted but we have to honor the shirt of the national team. The tournament was not all bad. We had a bad defeat."
Brazil has scored – and allowed – an identical 11 goals in six matches and has gotten a pair of goals from Oscar and David Luiz and they’ll need the pair to perform in a big way if they want to beat a very solid Netherlands squad. Unfortunately, team leader and international superstar Neymar will not be on the field after getting injured against Colombia in the quarterfinal round.
Besides the aforementioned pair, Brazil must also get something from their trio of supposedly elite stars, Fred, Hulk and Oscar. None of the three have scored in Brazil’s last three matches.
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The Netherlands came oh, so close to reaching the final, losing to Argentina 4-2 on penalty kicks in extra time. The Dutch men were the highest-scoring team in group play, putting up a whopping 10 goals in three matches, including their blockbuster 5-1 beat-down of Spain.
The Netherlands highly publicized duo of Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie scored six of those ten goals, with each star netting three. However, since their Round of 16 match against Mexico, the Netherlands have struggled mightily to score, going to penalty kicks in each of their last two matches, both scoreless draws in regulation.
The Netherlands have scored a dozen total goals in six matches while limiting their opponents to just four. Still, the Netherlands will need a decent effort from their stars if they want to win this match.
If it were up to head coach Louis van Gaal, the third place match would never even take place.
Van Gaal, who will take charge of Manchester United upon the conclusion of the World Cup, told a news conference the third-place game "should never be played" adding that he’s been saying the same thing for a decade.
"But the worst thing is I believe that chances are that you lose twice in a row," van Gaal said. "And a tournament in which you’ve played so marvellously well, you would go home as a loser just because you could possibly have lost the last two matches and this has got nothing to do with sport in my view.
My World Cup 3rd Place Match Playoff Betting Pick:
I know Brazil possesses a bunch of talent and that they’re still playing at home, but after the public ridicule they received for their loss to Germany, I don’t know how much support they’re going to get for this match.
I think the Netherlands are going to want to put up a really good effort to nail third place and show the rest of the soccer universe that it very well could have or should have been them in the final and not Lionel Messi and Argentina.
In addition to taking the Netherlands to win this match as a +230. While I am predicting a final score of Netherlands 2-1 over Brazil, so if you can get this match at either 2 or 2.5 Totals goals, I say take the Over.