I WOULDN'T normally back a side who'd just suffered a 7-1 bruising – and Germany admitted taking it easy in the second half – but I reckon Brazil will restore a bit of pride in Saturday night's third-place play-off against Holland.
It's the game no one wants but Dutch boss Louis van Gaal has been the most vocal about this waste of space match. Both teams would have loved to have sloped off into the horizon after shattering semi-final defeats but instead they're back in the limelight playing a game of little importance.
Brazil were abject against Germany but still have home advantage and will want to show fans the 7-1 loss was a one-off aberration and of course skipper Thiago Silva returns from suspension to keep the likes of Marcelo and David Luiz in check if the so-called defenders keep their places.
I warned before the semi-final Silva would be a bigger loss than Neymar but there was no excuse for the way the likes of £50m men Luiz and Marcelo didn't defend.
While I reckon Brazil want this more it might be better to wait until teams are announced as there's bound to be many changes with the Dutch especially set to play some second-string players. And of course if Fred makes the line-up it's a no bet (seriously). That bald bloke from Right Said Fred looks a better striker.
Brazil are a biggest 6-5 at Betfred and others to win in 90 minutes with the Dutch 23-10 at bet365. No one wants extra time and it's worth noting only one of 16 third-place ties has been a 90-minute stalemate.
There will be no playing for a 0-0 this time so take a gamble on over 2.5 goals just in case Brazil's backline fails to show again. The last nine World Cup third-place play-offs have totalled three goals or more.
Both teams to score at 8-15 with bet365 is also likely but I'd want to see the teams first as the likes of Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie could be rested while Neymar is of course still out.
It was Oscar who grabbed the late Brazilian consolation v Germany and the Chelsea man is worth a look at 11-1 with bet365 and McBookie if he starts. Oscar is one of the few Brazilians who still looks like he can play a bit.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar could get a runout for the Dutch and is 7-1 with McBookie, Paddy Power and others but for sure I'd wait to see teams before betting on this market.
Over 2.5 goals
Oscar to score first