Perhaps the best matchup so far to make a 2010 World Cup bet on will occur on Friday in the quarterfinals when the Netherlands battles Brazil.
The brackets set up very well for the winner of this match to be playing in the final. Brazil is a solid favorite in World Cup betting in this match against the Netherlands that can be seen on ESPN.
Brazil is a -260 favorite with the total at 2.5 under -140. The three-way line has Brazil at -120, the Netherlands at +300 and the Draw at +335. Neither the Netherlands nor Brazil has really been tested so far in the World Cup so this match should be interesting. Brazil had no trouble in their group stage with North Korea, Ivory Coast or Portugal. The match against Portugal was meaningless so neither team did much in a scores draw. Brazil routed Chile 3-0 in the round of 16 and now they get a real test against the Netherlands. The Netherlands took care of Japan, Denmark and Cameroon in their group and then dominated Slovakia in the round of 16.
The Netherlands have some players that could give Brazil some trouble. They have Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder and Dirk Kuyt but they have history against them. Brazil has never lost a match under Dunga when both Kaka and Robinho have played together. The Brazil defense is as good as any teams and their goalkeeper is considered one of the best in the world. Brazil and the Netherlands have a history in the World Cup and the Netherlands has not fared well. Brazil won in 1994 by a score of 3-2 and went on to win the title. Brazil won 4-2 on penalties four years later in France after the teams tied 1-1 in regulation. They also met in 1974 when Brazil won 2-0.
The Netherlands have never won a World Cup but they have finished second twice, in 1974 and in 1978. This could be the best team they have ever had. The problem for the Netherlands is that Brazil has more talent. The Netherlands would be favored against almost any team in the World Cup but not against Brazil. The Netherlands defense has been superb so far in the World Cup as they have given up just two penalties. That defense will be severely tested though against the playmakers that Brazil has.