WORLD CUP BETTING: Live on BBC1: Fri 15.00: Day 22 (Friday) of the World Cup is the start of the quarter finals: Brazil vs Netherlands is a great opener for the last 8; Dunga’s men can squeeze through.
Yet to concede a goal from open play, the Dutch rearguard has looked relatively untroubled throughout the competition so far; however, their defensive mettle will certainly be tested in the tournament’s first quarter final as they go head-to-head with a Brazil side that boasts some of the world’s most exciting attacking players.
Given the way Bert van Marwijk’s charges have performed at the back, they’ll be confident of restricting their opponents, who themselves have only shipped a couple of goals and punters might fancy the pair to cancel each other out in Port Elizabeth. Betfred’s 12/5 chalked against the draw and Betdaq’s 3/4 for the contest to yield fewer than 2.5 goals could therefore be popular and along similar lines William Hill offer 5/1 for either team to prevail on penalties.
Dunga’s men were nevertheless ruthless in dismantling a decent Chile side in the second round and more potent going forward than anyone the Netherlands have faced, they look worthy favourites at 21/20 (888Sport) to edge it against a Dutch team, priced at 10/3 by Totesport, that were efficient but uninspiring in victory against Slovakia.
A 2-1 success for the five-times winners at 15/2 with Paddy Power and bet365’s 11/10 for three or more goals to be scored are both worth considering then and at 2/1 (Ladbrokes), Manchester City outcast Robinho can play a pivotal role by getting on the scoresheet.