Brazil is the favorite in their quarterfinals match up with Holland and even though the Dutch have not really clicked on offense if they wake up they will be tough to beat with the firepower they have up front.
Brazil vs. Holland – Current Match Odds
has Brazil at -115 with Holland at +320 with a draw at +235 and a goal total of 2.5.
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Brazil has looked solid so far in South Africa winning the Group of Death and then blanking Chile in their round of 16 match. While Holland has won all of their matches so far they have not really played a world power yet, but that will change tomorrow afternoon against five-time World Cup champion Brazil.
In the teams first matches in the knockout stage Brazil beat Chile 3-0 and Holland beat Slovakia 2-1.
Holland did have nine shots on target against Slovakia, but had trouble breaking down their defense. They will have a much tougher time against Brazil, who are playing great defense. Brazil are one of the best in the world in the counter-attack and Holland have to get back on defense when they turn the ball over since the Dutch will attack all match long.
Holland’s defense was thought to be a weakness of the squad, but they have only allowed two goals in their four World Cup matches and one of those goals was on a penalty.
Dutch striker Robin van Persie was not happy after getting taken out against Slovakia and stated Wesley Sneijder should have been taken out. These guys have had issues since an argument over a free kick in the 2008 European Championships. They have to be on the same page, as they are the key guys, along with Arjen Robben, and will be counted on to provide the offense for Holland.
Holland and Brazil have met three times in the World Cup, with one win apiece and one draw.
Brazil MF Elano has an injured ankle and will not play in this match.
Kaka is a key for Brazil in the midfield, as he is the catalyst setting up scoring chances and starting the counter-attack. If he plays well in the midfield and Brazil controls the time of possession they will be very tough to beat.
Holland has to mark Robinho or Luis Fabiano up front and not give these guys space near their box. If they contain these guys they have a good chance to win this match.
Brazil is not the dynamic squad they have been, but their defense is solid, their counter-attack is stellar, and they make very few mistakes. They will play good defense and frustrate the Dutch and score at least two goals, as they will win this match and advance to the semifinals.
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Uruguay vs. Ghana
In the other quarterfinals match on Friday Uruguay faces Ghana, who is looking to become the first African team to make a World Cup semifinals.
has Paraguay as the favorite in this match posted at +105 with Ghana at +285 with a draw at +215 and a goal total of 2.5.
In their round of 16 wins Ghana beat the USA 2-1 and Uruguay beat South Korea 2-1.
Ghana will have to play good defense, especially on Diego Forlan and Luis Suárez, who have been the best striker duo in the World Cup so far.
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has scored three of the four goals for the African nation and he may miss this match with an injury, which will really hurt since they do not have many scoring options. For match up reports on this game, as well as others YOU CAN FIND MATCHUP TRENDS AND STATS.