Dutch can pile more misery on Brazil
Brazil go into their third place play-off game against the Netherlands tonight (9pm KO, Live on ITV1) as 11/10 favourites, but the Dutch simply have to be the bet at 23/10 with Coral to emerge victorious.
The hosts come into this match on the back of a humiliating 7-1 defeat at the hands of Germany, where they were made to look like schoolboys playing against men.
Phil Scholari’s side had no shape, no defence, and no attacking threat in the absence of star player Neymar.
The Samba Boys were torn apart by a ruthless German outfit, and although now playing to try and restore some pride, this is a game which they could in reality do without.
I can’t see how they will recover from such a mauling, especially against a Dutch side who controlled much of their semi-final games against Argentina before bowing out on penalties.
Louis van Gaal’s men didn’t create many clear cut chances in front of goal in that game, but will surely get plenty in this given that the Brazil defence has been virtually non-existent throughout the tournament.
Robin van Persie heads the goalscorer markets, but I can see Klaas-Jan Huntelaar getting the nod over the Manchester United man who looked a spent force against Argentina after being hit by a stomach bug.
Huntelaar is a clincial finisher, and at 13/2 looks well worth a wager in the first goalscorer market.
The other thing that this game has written all over it is goals, as both sides will be able to go out and play without any fear.
Over 2.5 looks a rock solid bet at 8/15, and over 3.5 also looks a decent punt at the 11/8 on offer with Coral.
World Cup Wagers:
Netherlands to win – 23/10
Huntelaar first goalscorer – 13/2
Over 2.5 goals – 8/15
Over 3.5 goals – 11/8