Brazil and the Netherlands will duke it for the questionable honour of being crowned World Cup bronze medallists in the universally unappreciated third-place play-off fixture.
Brasilia plays host to the match that no nation wants to be involved in, nor cares about, but despite this distinct lack of interest there’s ample cause for punters to tune their goggleboxes into the penultimate match of the tournament.
A Selecao side emotionally savaged from the 7-1 semi-final massacring at Germany’s hands assume favouritism at 23/20, with de Oranje available at 2/1 and the draw ranked 14/5 outsider.
Given the disinterest coursing through both camps it’s tough to nail colours to any of the three match-betting masts, but history tells us that one thing is guaranteed – goals.
There’s been 35 in total across the previous eight third/fourth-place skirmishes, as well as 15 in the past four dust ups between this pair and the carefree abandon with which teams tend to attack in these matches makes it prime double-triple money territory.
Simply select a first or anytime scorer in the bronze-medal match and should they do the business, punters can get double, perhaps triple the original odds* if their runner finishes the match with a multi-goal haul.
Two of the previous three duels between the countries chasing copper have seen one player record a multi-goal haul.
The news.bwin.com/en/ list compilers commenced their task to note down all the more worthwhile things to place faith in than Fred or Jo scoring at all, let alone twice, following Brazil’s last-four loss and are still scribbling.
With Neymar absent, it’ll be one of Paul or Barry entrusted to do the Canarinho’s bidding in the box here.
It’s the Netherlands then who’ll provide our brace-bagging ace and with questions raised over the fitness of Robin van Persie prior to their semi-final slaying by the Argentinians, it’s likely the Manchester United man is benched in favour of Schalke sharpshooter Klass-Jan Huntelaar.
The 30-year-old has struck 35 times in 65 internationals and has called the scorekeeper into action more than once in four of his previous 15 internationals.
He’s 6/1 to break the deadlock here, which could inflate as high 18/1 should he take home the match ball.
* as a free bet