Bowing out of contention for the 2014 FIFA World Cup final with heartbreaking losses to Germany and Argentina respectively earlier this week, Brazil and The Netherlands will face-off for third place honours at the Estadio de Brasilia at 6am AEST on Sunday.
Clear favourites to win the 2014 World Cup on home soil prior to the tournament’s first match, Brazil scored several impressive victories, however were unable to match a rampant Germany in their semi-final on Wednesday morning; destroyed 7-1 to equal their worst ever defeat on record.
The clear pick of Group B at the 2014 World Cup, The Netherlands continued to show exceptional form through the tournament’s knock-out stages and were unfortunate to be eliminated one the back of a penalty shoot-out loss to Argentina on Thursday morning.
Each hoping to leave the 2014 World Cup on a winning note, Brazil and The Netherlands are currently offered at exceptional odds in head-to-head betting markets at leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au; the host nation $2.20 favourites despite their most recent effort.
Missing key striker Neymar and Captain Thiago Silva for their ill-fated match with Germany, Brazil will be strengthened in defence for their game with the Dutch on Sunday, allowing defender David Luiz to press forward and attack the goal. Having already slotted two during the 2014 World Cup, the forward-pressing defender finding the net at any time combined with a Brazil victory is more than worth consideration for a wager at $12 odds with Ladbrokes Australia.
The Netherlands’ go-to and arguably the fastest man in world football on the ball, Arjen Robben has scored three goals at the 2014 World Cup and is undoubtedly his nation’s best chance of scoring against the hosts on Sunday. Combine the Bayern Munich man scoring at any time with a Dutch victory for impressive $7 odds at Ladbrokes Australia.
Each likely to push forward as much as possible and maintain the pressure on their opponents’ 18-yard box and line, predicting the number of goals score between Brazil and The Netherlands may figure as a good betting play. 3-2 victories have figured several times through the 2014 World Cup, adding of course to a total of five goals. Ladbrokes is currently offering generous odds of $7.50 for exactly five goals to be scored between Brazil and The Netherlands; something that is not at all out of the question when considering each side’s attacking prowess and number of varying combinations that may total five.
The likelihood of sufficient time spent in each penalty box is also worth consideration for Sunday’s World Cup fixture from a betting point of view, particularly when summing up the chances of a penalty being awarded and subsequently scored. Clearly favoured to win the match, Brazil is currently available at $6 to win a penalty and score from the spot, while the Dutch arguably offer punters the best value for money of any wager for this semi-final fixture at $7.50 odds to score from a penalty.
While unable to secure World Cup glory via the 2014 edition of the tournament, both Brazil and The Netherlands will be keen to deliver their nation one final celebration before bowing out.
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