Brazil vs Netherlands
International Soccer Friendly- 4 June, 2011
Brazil will hope to avenge their 2010 World Cup quarter final loss when they again meet the Netherlands on Saturday night in an international soccer friendly. Bet on Brazil vs Netherlands at Bet365 after reading our betting preview at Sportsbookie.com.
Brazil are playing this game as one of two warm up fixtures prior to Copa America 2011. The Brazilians bounced back from successive losses to Argentina and France to beat Scotland 2-0 in their last international fixture. International pros like Ronaldinho and Kaka are not present in the Brazilian squad, while Alexandre Pato and Ganso are also expected to miss it through injury. That puts a fair bit of pressure on the South American based duo of Neymar and Leandro Damiao, both of whom are targets for Premier League clubs.
Brazil form- last five games- Brazil scorers in brackets
Brazil 2-0 Scotland ( Neymar*2)
France 1-0 Brazil
Argentina 1-0 Brazil
Brazil 2-0 Ukraine ( Dani Alves, Alexandre Pato)
Iran 0-3 Brazil ( Alves, Pato, Nilmar)
Holland have not lost a single game since their World Cup final loss to Spain. However coach Bert van Marwijk will be without the services of several first team players like Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, Mark van Bommel, Demy de Zeeuw, Theo Janssen and Maarten Stekelenburg, all of whom have chosen to stay back home. There could be debuts handed to youngsters like Georginio Wijnaldum and Kevin Strootman. However Van Marwijk can count on the likes of Arjen Robben, Dirk Kuyt and Robin van Persie.
Holland form- last five games- most recent first- Holland scorers in brackets
Holland 5-3 Hungary ( Van Persie, Sneijder, Van Nistelrooy, Kuyt*2)
Hungary 0-4 Holland ( Afellay, Van Persie, Kuyt, Van der Vaart)
Netherlands 3-1 Austria ( Sneijder, Huntelaar, Kuyt)
Netherlands 1-0 Turkey ( Klaas Huntelaar)
Netherlands 4-1 Sweden ( Huntelaar*2, Afellay*2)
Verdict:- An under strength Holland side to lose narrowly to Brazil in South America.
Holland 1-2 Brazil ( Van Persie/ Neymar, Robinho)