The World Cup, third-place play-off is a fixture nobody wants to play. All any losing semi-finalist will be concerned about is the fact that they’ve come so close to reaching the final and they’ll want to immediately go on holiday or return home so the ‘consolation’ match is merely prolonging the agony.
This year, the two participants will be particularly heartbroken. Tournament hosts Brazil saw their World Cup dreams demolished by Germany on Tuesday, Luis Felipe Scolari’s men all at sea in an astonishing 7-1 defeat that seemed to shatter the whole nation while the Dutch were edged out in heartbreaking fashion as they lost on penalties to Argentina.
Bookies believe the Brazilians will be the team to at least end the competition on the smallest of highs, BetVictor installing them as 5/4 favourites but it’s hard not to feel that of the two sides, the Selecao will be the most damaged by their last four exit.
Alternatively, betway post 13/2 against a Netherlands success in a match featuring more than 3.5 goals and potentially drafted into the starting line-up for the weary Robin van Persie, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is 7/1 (Betfred) to break the deadlock.
Netherlands to win and both teams to score – 21/5 (Coral)