Brazil and the Netherlands are no longer in contention to win the 2014 World Cup, but both teams still have a match left in the tournament. The two nations will face off on Saturday afternoon to determine this year’s third-place finisher.
Both teams are coming off devastating losses, but for completely different reasons. Brazil never had a chance in their seminal match with Germany, as they seemingly gave up, losing 7-1 in front of a large contingent of Brazilian fans. Neymar missed the contest with a back injury that he suffered in the quarterfinals, and he won’t be available this weekend.
The Netherlands will take the field again after coming ever so close to reaching the final. They held Lionel Messi and Argentina scoreless for 120-plus minutes, but ultimately lost in a shootout. Before their defeat, the Netherlands had a plus-8 goal differential in the World Cup.
If the Netherlands’ recent matches are any indication, Saturday’s third-place match will come down to the wire. Their quarterfinal and semifinal matches both were decided by shootouts. Against Mexico in the Round of 16, they scored two goals after the 87th minute, in order to come back from a 1-0 deficit. Brazil has competed in one shootout and tied Mexico in their second match of the group stage.
Brazil entered the 2014 World Cup as the favorites to win the championship, and they find themselves in a familiar position. The team is expected to get the win in the consolation match. Bovada.lv has set their odds to win outright at -155. The Netherlands is a slight underdog at +125.
There’s a good chance the match will go into extra time or a shootout. Brazil has+110 betting odds to win in regulation, while the Netherlands has +240 odds of winning in 90 minutes. The odds of a draw in regulation have been set at +230.