Fri, Jul 2, 5:10pm by Kevin Pitstock
The Quarter finals of the 2010 World Cup start at midnight tonight AEST with two of the biggest teams on world football kicking things off. Brazil will take on Netherlands at midnight and then Uruguay will play Ghana at 4:30am in the morning.
Brazil’s defense has been solid all tournament, and even though fans and media back home are not impressed by the defensive attitude, they are still getting goals and winning matches. They’ll be without play maker Elano due to an ankle injury and fellow midfielder Ramires.
Netherlands have named an unchanged lineup from the team that won in the round of 16. They’ll need to lift if they are to win this match, because at times during this tournament they have looked less than convincing.
My prediction is for a Brazil win. They look cool, calm and collected and have a great record against the Dutch. The Netherlands also seem to have unrest in their squad and I don’t think they’ll be able to put it all together to beat Brazil, even though I’d love to see that.
Sportingbet have Brazil paying $1.90, Netherlands $4.25 and the draw $3.35. You can also bet the under 2.5 goals @ $1.62 and overs @ $2.25.
I’m putting a little something on Uruguay in this one, even though the betting market is fairly open. The Uruguayans have been impressive in this tournament and have the strike force to win them games. Forlan and Suarez will prove too good for Ghana in this match.
Ghana have been lucky to make it this far. Blessed with a couple of lucky results and a good draw, the continent of Africa is cheering for them. I don’t think it’ll be enough.
My prediction is for a Uruguay win. Look for a result like 2-0. A Uruguay win is paying $2.10, Ghana is $3.75 with the draw $3.15. Under 2.5 goals is paying $1.45 with overs @ $2.70.
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