The final instalment of news.bwin.com/en/’s ‘how far will they go?’ feature attempts to discern the best quarter final elimination bets as the start of the World Cup draws ever-nearer.
For most nations, a last-eight plateau offered pre-tournament would be gleefully gobbled up, while others would consider exit at this stage a resounding failure.
It’s the bitter taste of the latter that will haunt two of the three countries we’ve highlighted for a third-stage exit, but we start with one that will consider a quarter-final finish as an commendable effort:
England – 4/1 to eliminated in the quarter finals.
So long as the Three Lions put in performances that Premier League spectators know they’re capable of, progressing to the last-eight is both perceivable and laudable.
Italy and Uruguay represent fierce group-stage foes, but neither are unbeatable.
The South Americans, for example, failed to make it to five of the previous ten World Cups and were unable to navigate the group-stage on two of those instances.
Roy Hodgson’s men haven’t been dismissed at the first possible point since 1958 and have only missed three tournaments in that time.
They’ve ventured as far as the quarters at least on four instances since winning the trophy in 1966 and, with no behemoth waiting in the last-16, there’s scope for another last-eight appearance here.
Italy – 3/1 to be eliminated in the quarter finals.
Cesare Prandelli’s men shouldn’t be backed against to top Group D ahead of England and a likely last-16 date with one of Greece, Ivory Coast or, most probably, Japan, the quarters is the least they should be aiming for.
Chances are they’ll be forced to tackle defending champions Spain at this point, however; a side they’ve scored just one goal against in their previous four attempts.
Argentina – 3/1 to be eliminated in the quarter finals.
La Albieceleste are many punters’ picks for competition success, but their quest for global glory will be extinguished with two rounds remaining.
A dust up with any one of fearsome European trio Germany, Portugal or Belgium is on the quarter final cards for Alejandro Sabella’s men, assuming they navigate their seemingly straightforward first round pool.
Their familiarity with South American conditions is an advantage quickly negated by both the quality of this opposition and the fact the quarter final has proved a ceiling too tough for Argentina to break through in each of the last four World Cups.