Would you back Fred to score the opener when Brazil take on Germany in the World Cup semi-final, even at on-the-drift odds of 7/1?
How about Jo at 15/2?
Hulk at 9s?
Based on the insouciant form shown so far from Neymar’s support acts, none of them should attract your hard-earned, especially with the current holder of the World Cup Golden Boot – a prize he’s 4/1 to retain at this tournament – sharing the same pitch.
Thomas Muller, the 19/4 favourite to break the deadlock in Belo Horizonte, is known as ‘der Raumdeuter’ in his homeland, which loosely translates into ‘interpreter of space’, with reference to his superior line-breaking abilities in and around an opponent’s penalty area.
The danger Muller poses in attack has been apparent at every stage of the World Cup thus far, from his opening match hat-trick against Portugal, through to the FC Bayern Munchen man’s terrific hold-up play against a fear-stricken France defence during his country’s 1-0 quarter-final triumph.
An identical haul to the one Muller claimed against the European Selecao would be very welcome against the South American version, with bwin.com’s double/triple money offer in force.
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The 24-year-old has past form of grabbing braces in World Cup knockout rounds, having humbled England with Germany’s third and fourth goals in their 4-1 last-16 thumping four years ago, and fired first in both the quarter-final and third-place playoff matches in South Africa.
Muller has four times as many World Cup openers as any player left in Brazil’s squad, a higher goal-per-game average for his country than for his club, and – with a Golden Boot to defend – he rates a belting bet to pounce on a host nation whose hopes may have already been crushed by the knee of Colombia’s Juan Zuniga.
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