Business time is very much upon us at the World Cup, with a trio of multiple former winners and the most illustrious losers in the competition’s history set to duke it out in the last four for a spot in the Maracana showpiece.
Hosts Brazil just edge favouritism at 17/10 to see off 7/4 Germany in Belo Horizonte, while the Selecao’s neighbours Argentina are rated a bit more likely for a place in the final at 29/20 to claim a normal-time victory over the Netherlands, who are 2/1 for the win.
With apparently little separating the quartet left in the competition, digging into bwin.com’s eclectic sportsbook for a better bet may prove to be the order of the day, but don’t all go rushing off at once – we’ve already done the hard work for you!
The boys in black and gold go 7/5 either way on the semi-final match that will feature the most goals, with 11/4 offered about a tie.
Considering six efforts have found the mark in four Belo Horizonte fixtures so far, compared to nine in the same number of Sao Paulo matches, the latter has to get the nod to keep up the good work.
This trend goes against the theory that games played in the stifling hot, northerly parts of Brazil will produce more goals due to tired legs, as Sao Paulo is actually around 500km below Belo Horizonte on the map.
Nevertheless, six of the nine strikes the Arena de Sao Paulo has seen at this World Cup have been claimed after the half-time pie round, compared to just three of six at the Estadio Mineirao.
Maybe the Sao Paulo pitch undulates in such a way that tires players out quickly? Maybe Belo Horizonte has benefited from a series of cooling breezes? We don’t know.
However, we do know that the latter will host a Neymar-less Brazil and a Germany side who’ve been reliant on Thomas Muller for four of their nine goals so far.
In the former’s corner, Lionel Messi, Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie – who have struck ten times between them at the samba jamboree – will go at it hammer and tongs. We know where our money’s going.