Updated: Arjen Robben starts. Attacking quartet is now comprised of Van Persie - Sneijer - Robben - Kuyt. Sweet!from that win on Ghana and here’s something different for today. Holland play Slovakia and Brazil are up against Chile… both the Oranje and the Samba boys are favourites to win the tournament and it is not hard to see why. Holland come into today’s game with a superb record in the past 2 years, whereas Brazil will be bringing into the Chile game with them the best all-time World Cup records.
Gregory van der Wiel should reclaim the right-back position from Khalid Boulahrouz and that is expected to be the only change for Holland. Arjen Robben is fit but with the way Holland have been playing, the Bayern Munich superstar is set to start on the bench. Robin Van Persie has not impressed too much despite him claiming to be feeling “fresh” following a stop-start season with Arsenal and he will be looking to step it up a notch. For Slovakia, manager Vladimir Weiss needs to replace the banned Zdeno Strba, and Kamil Kopunek looks to be the inevitable deputy. The absence of defensive midfielder Strba is the determining factor for me - without him holding, Wesley Sneijder will have a field day in midfield. I am all for Robin Van Persie to get our boys Holland out to a flying start. For half-time, I am backing Holland @ -1/2 at 1.975 with Bet365. For the game, I expect Robin Van Persie to score at anytime @ 1.83 with Bet365.
For the Brazil vs Chile match, biggest news will be that Chile are without 3 key players. Marco Estrada, Waldo Ponce and Gary Medel are all banned. Matias Fernandez and Carlos Camona return to the fold for the Chileans. Humberto Suazo is fighting it out against Jorge Valdivia to start upfront. For Dunga, it is happy days. Kaka, Elano and Robinho are all back available and they could all start in the absence of Felipe Melo. Since 11 June 1978, Brazil have played 48 World Cup games and they have never gone 2 games without a win, meaning the have always bounced back with a win following a draw or a loss. With them drawing Portugal last time out, the Samba boys should win today. For half-time, back Brazil to lead at 2.20 with Bet365. For the game, Luis Fabiano to score at anytime @ 2.20 with Bet365 is my hunchcheers
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