We bwinbetting tipsters didn’t waste a second celebrating our semi-final, half-time correct score triumph.
Instead we spent the hours in the aftermath of our fruitful flutter on the Netherlands versus Argentina contemplating the Alamo, Bannockburn and Sparta as we attempt to grasp Bloggers’ League victory from the very jaws of despair.
SoccerLens.com boast a near £300 lead on the scribes in black and gold and it’ll take a monumental effort to overturn the deficit with just two matches remaining.
But we’re not averse to the idea of digging in and, with Wagner’s ‘Rise of the Valkryies’ resonating around our collective domes, we’ve perused the markets with renewed vigour.
Another team in need of inspiration is Brazil, which is why we’ve waded in with £50 on them to best the Netherlands in third/fourth-place play-off fixture combined with both teams to bag at 11/4.
This means that if the Selecao banish the demons of their 7-1 disembowelling against Germany to end the World Cup on the podium our coffers will be boosted to the tune of £137.50.
Backing a demoralised Canarinho team that defended with groundbreaking ineptitude last time out appears risky, but there are enough factors to suggest they’ll emerge victorious.
Firstly, there’s the subjective.
After receiving such a savage beat down, Brazil – the most decorated nation in the history of the competition – have pride to restore.
The Dutch, however, seem somewhat disinterested in the prospect of being labelled the third best team of the tournament, with coach Louis van Gaal referring to the contest as having: ‘nothing do whatsoever with sport…’
An experimental Oranje team is likely to take to the field, while Luiz Felipe Scolari has defensive lynchpin Thiago Silva to call upon again following suspension.
He will relieve spectacularly disappointing stand-in skipper David Luiz of rearguard marshalling responsibilities and it can be taken as read that if he plays the South Americans won’t ship seven.
The Netherlands have only scored two goals in the knockout stage of the competition, both coming after the 88th minute of their last-16 meeting with Mexico.
Defeat accompanied their 1998 penalty-shootout semi-final scuppering, going down 2-1 against Croatia in their only previous appearance in this fixture.
History says they’ll score at least as many as they did in France 16 years ago, with all but one of the previous eight instalments ending with both participants having bagged.