Phil Scolari and Louis van Gaal set to bow out after World Cup third-place play-off
The nation of Brazil were in a state of shock on Tuesday night as Germany put them to the sword, scoring five unanswered first-half goals before triumphing by a 7-1 scoreline.
While Neymar was missing injured, it was the absence of Thiago Silva from the centre of defence which was all the more telling, with the PSG man sitting on the sidelines as the defensive horror show unfolded.
Despite this spanking, odds of 6/5 with Sky Bet are available about Brazil claiming victory in Brasilia, with Phil Scolari set to stand down as national team manager after this game irrespective of what happens.
Brazilian legend Zico believes that Scolari must be sacked for his player selection and tactical choices that have been made during the tournament which included a penalty shoot-out win against Chile, some rough-housing of Colombia before humiliation v Germany.
“We should thank him (Scolari) and thank (assistant coach Carlos Alberto) Parriera too. But we need to choose new people with new thoughts about how to play the Brazilian way,” said Zico.
“We had no alternatives,” Zico said of Brazil’s tactics.
“They stayed focused entirely on the success of the 2013 Confederations Cup. They kept the same formation and the same team. Everyone had a year to work out exactly how to play against Brazil.”
Louis van Gaal has made his feelings clear when it comes to the third place play-off and this might be reflected in his team selection where Robin van Persie could be rested, while the defensive approach adopted against Argentina could be thrown away at the expense of a more open game.
The Dutch actually aren’t a bad price at 12/5 to win this game, with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar coming into the team for RVP and Arjen Robben should have some joy against a Brazilian defence who have been conceding goals since the World Cup started.
However, we’re drawn to the correct score market and there is no reason why the 1-1 scoreline should be favourite, nor Brazil winning 2-1. Things start to get more interesting with the 2-2 draw which is priced at 13/1 although a 3-3 draw doesn’t look out of the question at 50/1.
After all, it’s a chance for a rotated team to relax after a gruelling month and the 6/4 with William Hill about Over 3.5 Goals would have copped on the past three occasions.