Betting Odds & Prediction for Brazil v Holland – World Cup Quarter Final
Brazil v Holland Betting Odds
The Brazilians look to be on cruise control. They blitzed their way past the Ivory Coast, and then made tough fellow South Americans Chile look less than average in their last sixteen match. They look to be in ominous form, and with coach Dunga saying that they are only getting more confidence from each match, there is a lot to be feared from the Selecao. Brazil are running at around a 70% win rate in their World Cup matches, which is pretty phenomenal. Their victory over Chile gave them their 67th World Cup match victory. Holland’s win rate at the World Cup is at exactly 50% from their 40 matches played. What Brazil have, on top of their sheer individual and team quality, is a lot of patience in sticking to their game. The passing and movement is to be admired, and while there is more of a defensive set up about Brazil, it is hardly noticeable, as they are still taking the games to opponents. This is the respect that they command as soon as they step out onto the pitch, and only against the super defensive and negative Portugal have they failed to find the back of the net. Their victory over Chile, was perhaps, their most impressive win, as Marcelo Bielsa’s men are no pushovers themselves. This was a Chile side which Spain had difficulties against, even when the South Americans were down to ten men. Brazil quickly and lethally brushed Chile aside, with some clinical attacking moves that were buried. Brazil make the most of their chances, and they make more chances than most. It is hard to tell if they have even made it into top gear yet, or whether there is more to come. They sat back and relaxed so much against the Ivory Coast, for example when they were closing in on victory, and against Portugal there was always a feeling that there was much more underneath to come.
Dunga knows how technically gifted the Dutch can be themselves, but will no doubt be backing his own men to be much better. Gilberto Silva, who is the key man in holding the midfield together with his distribution at the back of it, has told how desperate Brazil are to regain their World crown. They are not showing any desperation on the pitch though, as they are one of the few teams who actually seem to be enjoying playing their matches. They do not look as if they have any pressures on their shoulders at all. Confidence is a big element of football, and there doesn’t appear to be one performer who is not there 100% mentally for Brazil. Perhaps Robinho, whose form has been sparkling, is the epitome of this. He is along way from the depressed shadow of his former self that he was at Manchester City, as he is probably the brightest spark of light in the Brazilian team. Brazil are accomplished and teams naturally step out and give them a lot of respect, but Holland cannot afford to give them too much. Brazil can overrun teams and the difficulty is simply in knowing how to contain them. Portugal did it by dragging the game into a stalemate, Chile tried attacking and lost, while the Ivory Coast played cautiously and conservatively and still conceded three goals. There is great difficulty in tying Brazil down, although their strength is down the centre, but even then the overlapping full backs add the extra dimension. They have the time, craft and ability to move onto a semi final meeting between either Ghana or Uruguay.
Holland perhaps have not hit the pinnacle of their passing game during the tournament. The current Holland side are setting records, as their 23 game unbeaten run is the longest they have gone without suffering defeat. They take on Brazil in the best form of their lives and they can surely have had no better preparation, but that far from guarantees them success on the day. Coach Bert van Marwijk knows that he is taking on the strongest side at the tournament, and that his players will need to keep their mental strength if they are to prevail. All too often Holland have crumbled when coming up against a good team in the latter stages of tournament football, after starting those same tournaments so well. South Africa 2010 has seen their most convincing start to any World Cup. So what next for the Netherlands? It does not get any tougher than meeting Brazil in international knock out football, and Holland will need to make the most of any space that is given them. The natural width which Holland play with will be the key to them winning this match, as Brazil tend to keep things narrower when they do not have possession of the ball. The old Brazil were often caught at the back when they pushed forward, but that is not the case so much now, as Dunga has put a stop to that.
Brazil have a tough back line to break down, and that is why Holland need to use the natural width that Dirk Kuyt and Arjen Robben give them. Holland are a good team, although they have not put on the fully competent displays that were expected to flow from them. Holland are one of those teams which do use space very well when the opportunity arises, and most of their transition work is all down to the roaming skills of Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder. He is a class act at the moment, and allowed freedom to get forward knowing that there are two holding midfielders behind him. Holland are defensively solid, but not only do they have to worry about the craft that Brazil will exude in open play, Brazil have a new weapon in their arsenal, and that is being able to send big defencemen up for set plays, like Lucio. The Netherlands will have their hands full, and it remains to be seen if they have that extra level in them to take on Brazil, but they are one of the more confident teams to be able to give it a go. Holland are a technically good side, and play more like South Americans themselves than a European side. There will always be questions about the Netherlands and their ability to go all of the way. It could be another year of falling short for the Dutch.
Brazil v Holland Betting Prediction: Over/Under 2.5 Goals for Evens at BetFred
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