The FIFA World Cup 2014 has come to the penultimate stage of the competition with semifinalists Brazil and Netherlands playing for the third position at Estadio Nacional on Saturday.
Played a day before the World Cup final, the third place play-off between losers of semifinals matches often go unnoticed. Manager usually field players who are yet to get a chance to play in the tournament, so hype around third place match is less.
However, the match between Brazil and Netherlands on Saturday is expected to be an exciting one. The hosts were humiliated by Germany in the semifinals, beating them 7-1 but one thought that would cross everybody's was what might have been the outcome of the match had captain Thiago Silva and Neymar played. Silva will return to the team though Neymar is very unlikely to play despite rumours that he might be featured.
Brazil beat Croatia and Cameroon, and settled for a draw with Mexico in the group stage. They beat Chile on penalty shootout in the round of 16 before defeating Colombia 2-1 in the quarterfinals. However, their pride was hurt in the semifinals after Germany beat them by a margin of six goals. Now, they will be looking forward to end the tournament with a win.
The Netherlands were impressive in the initial stage of the competition, beating defending champions Spain 5-1 in their opening match before going on to defeat Australia 3-2 and Chile 2-0 to top their group. They booked a place in the semifinals after beating Mexico 2-1 in the round of 16 and Costa Rica on penalties in the quarterfinals. However, their good run came to an end after losing to Argentina on penalties.
According to prediction by China's top search engine, Baidu, Brazil have bigger chance of winning the third place. The search engine, which has 100 percent success in predicting the results this World Cup, has given Brazil 56 percent of winning the match while Netherlands get 44 percent.
According to betting platforms like Paddypower, Ladbrokes, Betfred, Bet365, and Betvictor, the odds for Brazil is 13/10 while the odds on William Hill and Winner is 6/5. On the other hand, the odds for Netherlands is 2 in Paddypower, William Hill, and Sky Bet, while Bet365 and Betvictor gave 21/10.
Here is what several betting platforms have to say on third place between Brazil and Netherlands according to Betting Dictionary:
|LIST||Paddypower||William Hill||Ladbrokes||Betfred||Bet365||Betfair||Betvictor||Winner||Sky Bet|
Brazil vs Netherlands match will be telecast live in India on Sony Six & Sony Six HD at 01:30am IST Sunday (03:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT Saturday on ESPN). You can also check out complete TV guide of the ongoing World Cup HERE.