Match-Up: Brazil vs. Netherlands


With a spot in the World Cup semi-finals on the line, expect a spirited, fast pace between these two unbeaten clubs.

The Dutch were one of the only teams to win all three group matches before knocking Slovakia out in the Round of 16, 2-1.

Brazil looked excellent in their 3-0 victory over Chile in the Round of 16. Brazil used three easy goals by Juan, Luis Fabiano, and Robinho in the win. Even without their best players scoring, Brazil is proving why they are one of the deepest and most talented teams in the World Cup.

Dealing with a pesky ankle injury, Brazilian midfielder, Elano, is not expected to play on Friday.

In the end, I’m picking Brazil to advance to the semi-finals. The Netherlands looked sloppy at times against Slovakia and that style of play will not get it done against Brazil. Expect Brazil to take advantage of early Dutch errors as they advance to the semi-finals.

The Pick: Brazil

July Record: 1-0

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