Netherlands vs Brazil – betting tips, match preview and prediction

World Cup BettingThe Netherlands play against Brazil in the first World Cup quarter-final on Friday at 15:00 BST in Port Elizabeth. With the two teams ranked fourth and first in the world, we could be in for a great quarter-final at Nelson Mandela Stadium, but will the Dutch be able to stop the Brazilians on their way to their sixth World Cup title.

Match Preview

Most people associate Netherlands versus Brazil with jogo bonito versus total football, but so far none of the teams has practiced their normal beautiful game, and in reality it might all be romantic ideas of the past. All sides play to win, not for entertainment, and why should the Brazilians or the Dutch be any different.

Especially Dunga has been criticized for his pragmatic and negative approach, which does not have much support at home among experts. In 1994 he lead Brazil to the World Cup title as captain and might have to do the same again this year to be accepted in Brazil. Nevertheless, he does seem immune to the pressure from home and perhaps rightly so. Only two sides have made more goals than Brazil and none have created more opportunities in front of goal. At the same time their new playing style is more effectively, although not as entertaining. You could rightly compare the style to that of the finalists, Italy and France, four years ago and whether beautiful or not, the defensive European football style wins trophies in modern football.

The Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk proclaimed before the World Cup that he was here to win, and if playing ugly was the way to go then be it. The style has worked for him and the Dutch so far, winning all their games at the World Cup and beating national record with 23 matches without losing. Nevertheless, it would not be wrong to say they have not impressed in South Africa. They have done only the necessary to win and most was expecting more from the likes Sneijder, van Persie, Robben and van der Vaart. Contrary to most expectations, their defence has actually been the most playing part at the World Cup and has only conceded two goals on penalties.

Team Updates

Elano will be missing for Brazil with a bruised ankle, while Ramires is banned for the match. At the same time Melo and Baptista are questionable for the starting line-up, which might force Dunga to make last minute changes for the match today.

The Netherlands had Robben back for their last match, which mean their entire squad is fit for the match. We expect them to use the same starting line-up as against Slovakia in their 1/8-final.

Holland vs Brazil betting tip

Our betting tip will be Brazil as outright winner at odds 1.91 at 888 Sports.

Before today they have met 10 times previously and Brazil have won three and Netherlands two, while four matches ended up with draw. The Brazilian side is the slight favorite in today’s match, which is not surprising given their pre-tournament rankings and the matches played so far. Both sides have great offensive players, but we actually believe their defensive qualities will be the deciding factor today. Neither team has impressed offensively and has relied mostly on their defensive qualities and counterattacks.

The match today will likely be same and we expect a low scoring match with two sides not taking chances. However, we believe Brazil will win the match, if played on these terms. In their matches against Chile, Ivory Coast and Portugal they gave away only a few chances against quality opponents and they do look more solid in back than ever before. On the other hand Netherlands defenders have yet to be up against quality offensive teams and real pressure, which will be the case today. Our match prediction will be 1-0 or 2-0 to Brazil.

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