2014 FIFA World Cup: Brazil vs Netherlands Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/12/14
Brazil (4-1-1) vs. Netherlands (4-0-2)
World Cup: Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Brazil)
The Line: Brazil +115 See the Latest Odds
Brazil looks to salvage some dignity after the international embarrassment against Germany in the semifinals as they take on the Dutch in the third place contest.
Brazil suffered one of the worst losses in World Cup history earlier this week as they were waxed by a 7-1 scoreline that blew up their chances at hoisting the game’s most prestigious trophy in front of their home fans. Brazil was without Neymar and Thiago Silva which certainly played a huge role in the outcome of the game but there is no circumstance which called for a six goal blowout that realistically should have finished as a clean sheet as the Brazilians netted their only marker in the 90th minute. While there is no silver lining for a loss like that Brazil can still celebrate on a winning note at this World Cup if they can defeat a Dutch side that is surely deflated after a shootout loss to Argentina in their semifinals matchup and you’d have to think that Brazil would be a little more amped up to be playing in this game than the Dutch.
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The Netherlands were dealt the same fate that they handed to Costa Rica in the quarterfinals as Argentina escaped with a shootout victory after a stalemate through 120 minutes. The Dutch have been one of the more impressive sides in this tournament which all started with the now infamous thrashing of the defending champs from Spain and while their expectations continue to grow as the tournament went along they should be more than happy with how they played in this World Cup. Arjen Robben publicly stated that his side was ecstatic with the way they performed in this tournament especially after very few gave them a chance to come out of the group stage and you can bet they would love to finish the tournament off with a third place win. While the Brazilians have more to play for here and have the home field advantage I still think without Neymar they are in tough against the world’s top teams and this game should be no different. Brazil has already been considered a flop for not winning the tournament and with the way they checked out in the semifinals I think that’ll be tough for them to bounce back from. Give me the Dutch.