I'm going to be doing previews of every World Cup game from here on in. First up, the quarterfinals. We'll start with Brazil - the Netherlands, which will be televised at 7 a.m. Pacific (10 a.m. Eastern) on CBC.
Top scorer: Luis Fabiano, three goals
Top scorer: Wesley Sneijder, two goals
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This should be a great match. Brazil have been one of the most impressive sides of this tournament. They've displayed their usual flair in attack but some solid defending as well, which might be thanks to Dunga's influence as coach. There's plenty of substance there as well as style. The only slip they've made so far was the 0-0 draw against Portugal, but that was a game that didn't mean a lot for them. So far, the Brazilians are proving why they entered the tournament as co-favourites. Kaka, Luis Fabiano, Robinho and Elano have all played well, and the team's ridiculous depth also helps.
The Netherlands will be their most difficult opponent to date, though. It's been a curious World Cup for them, as they haven't been as flashy as usual, but they've been more effective, winning all four of their games thus far. They haven't come up against too many strong teams yet, however. Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Dirk Kuyt will have to be in good form for the Netherlands to get through. They certainly have a shot, but I think Brazil's going to take this.
Prediction: Brazil 2, Netherlands 1