Today’s (June 4th) match between Brazil and the Netherlands is sure to get both football betting fans and neutrals excited.
Aside from their colourful yellow and orange strips making the game a bright spectacle, both sides are lauded for their attacking guile and attractive style of football.
As such, smart football betting fans might be tempted by bwin.com’s odds of 31/10 on three goals being scored, knowing that the free £25 bet they get for signing up could land them £102.50 if successful.
What may be more difficult will be choosing the first goal scorer, with Brazil missing key players like Alexandre Pato, Kaka and Ronaldinho.
AC Milan star Pato is injured, while his former teammate Ronaldinho – now a Flamengo player – and Real Madrid’s Kaka have been left out of the squad to allow younger stars to shine.
That won’t limit the firepower at Brazil coach Mano Menezes’ disposal, with 19-year-old wonderkid Neymar looking likely to start up front alongside Fred and Robinho.
Neymar’s Santos teammate Elano has heaped praise on the youngster, comparing him to a player whom many consider to be the best player the world has ever seen.
“I say, and emphasise it, I prefer Neymar to Messi. He’s still not at his peak, he still has a lot to do and I’m sure he will improve a lot with the good head he has,” said the former Manchester City midfielder.
Despite this massive compliment, Neymar is priced at 9/2 with bwin to score the first goal of the match.
This means that using your free £25 sign-up bet would land an impressive £137.50 if successful – not bad for a wager on a man who is supposedly better than Messi, who recently helped Barcelona win the Champions league.
Other favourites to notch first include Brazil’s Nilmar at 11/2, Robinho at 6/1 and Fred at 13/2.
The match may have an added appeal for Londoners. Arsenal fans will be keen to check on the progress of Robin van Persie, who is priced at an attractive 13/2 to be first on the scoreboard.
Meanwhile, Tottenham fans might be more interested in the performance of transfer target Leandro Damiano, who is just as likely to pop up with the opener, according to bwin.com’s odds of 13/2.
Using your free £25 bet on Leandro Damiano to score first would return a massive £187.50 if successful.
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