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Holland vs Brazil – teams announced

| 02.07.2010

Brazil have recalled Felipe Melo for their quarter-final clash with Holland, which kicks off at 3pm.

Melo replaces the suspended Ramires and slots into his familiar holding midfield role alongside Gilberto Silva. Brazil are 5/6 to win.

Elano is injured, so Barcelona’s Dani Alves retains his place in the starting XI. Alves is 7/1 to score at any time.

Holland coach Bert Van Marwijk has decided against making any changes to the side that beat Slovakia 2-1 in the second round.

Arjen Robben starts again, and he is joined in attack by Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie, who is 6/1 to open the scoring.

The confirmed starting line-ups are:

Holland: Stekelnburg; Boulahrouz, Mathijsen, Heitinga, Van Bronckhorst (Captain); De Jong, Van Bommel, Sneijder; Kuyt, Robben, Van Persie

Brazil: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Lucio (Captain), Juan, Michel Bastos; Gilberto Silva, Felipe Melo; Dani Alves, Robinho, Kaka; Luis Fabiano

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Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.