Betting Special: Can Brazil recover from their semi-final capitulation?

With the Selecao desperate to redeem themselves following their catastrophic defeat against Germany, Al Hain-Cole has taken a look at the players most likely to find the net
After the abject humiliation of their 7-1 semi-final defeat against Germany, Brazil will attempt to pick themselves up off the floor when they take on the Netherlands in Saturday’s third place play-off.

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Odds from bet365
Van Persie/Fred anytime 7/5
Arjen Robben to score anytime
Jo/Hulk to score anytime
Oscar to score anytime
Willian to score anytime 9/2
Thiago Silva to score anytime
David Luiz to score anytime
While many scapegoats were sought after such a calamitous defensive display, in truth the entire Selecao line up must take their share of the blame for their team’s worst ever defeat and every player should be fired up to put in a massively improved performance in Brasilia.

With the hosts desperate to avoid another heavy defeat, bet365’s offer to refund all losing goalscorer bets in the event of a 0-0 draw provides an excellent insurance policy in what should be a tight match.

Having endured constant criticism over the past few weeks, Fred is available at 7/5 (2.40) to sign off on a more positive note by scoring just a second goal of the tournament, and 11/2 (6.50) to strike first.

Yet to score a competitive goal for his country, Hulk would love nothing more than to end that barren spell at the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, and is on offer at 9/5 (2.80) anytime or 13/2 (7.50) to strike first.

On the other hand, Luiz Felipe Scolari may well be tempted to shuffle his pack after such a horrendous display, meaning Jo 9/5 (2.80) or Willian 9/2 (5.50) may be worth backing at lengthier odds.

However, having scored what can barely be described as a consolation goal late on against Die Mannschaft, Oscar is perhaps the most reliable bet at 3/1 (4.00) to grab a third of the competition, or 10/1 (11.00) to open the scoring.

After such an abysmal performance in Belo Horizonte, David Luiz 11/1 (12.00) will surely be relieved to be reunited with captain Thiago Silva 9/1 (10.00) in the centre of defence, and both players will be extra motivated to add to their combined three goals so far.

However, those two may be better served focusing their energy on keeping out the likes of Arjen Robben 7/4 (2.75) and Robin Van Persie 7/5 (2.40) at the other end, either of whom could have a field day should they defend as they did against the Germans.

Robben to score anytime for a 1.5pt stake at 7/4 (2.75) with bet365
Oscar to score anytime for a 1pt stake at 3/1 (4.00) with bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.