A couple of days respite has left us clamouring for more World Cup action and the semi-finals of the tournament are sure to satiate our thirst.
First, Brazil battle Germany for a place in the Maracana showpiece, followed by the Netherlands and Argentina’s attempts to do the same.
Both matches are laced with opportunities for profit punters should be looking to exploit and the bwinbetting crack researching division have sifted through the World Cup annals to uncover what history says will line your wallet here.
Brazil to score exactly one
Canarinho have hassled the scoreboard operator just the once in each of the previous three instances in which they’ve graced the final four.
Two of these finished 1-0 in their favour, but even in the other – a 1-1 draw with the Netherlands in 1998 – they struck the first goal, falling three minutes short of making it a hat-trick of solo-goal successes at this stage.
Back the semi-final deadlock dismantlers to notch exactly one at 6/4.
Germany to qualify
Don’t panic too much if the Selecao bag the opener (unless, of course, it’s in the fifth minute of second-half injury time, in which case feel free to shed tears) because die Mannschaft are who you’re going to call when you want a transatlantic foe busted out of the World Cup.
They’ve knocked out each of the last six adversaries they’ve tackled from either North or South America, with Paraguay, USA, Mexico and Argentina (three times) all feeling the sharp end of the German sword in recent tournaments.
Victory in normal time for Joachim Low’s men is on offer at 7/4, while it’s a diluted 17/20 for them to qualify by any means.
Second semi-final to finish 1-0
In four of the previous five second semis the victor has required just the one goal to prevail and this sequence encompasses every 21st century instalment.
The anomaly takes the form of France and Croatia’s last-four dust up in 1998, which finished 2-1 to Les Bleus.
Ominously for Brazil and Germany, four of the five successful second-semi sides during the period under the microscope went on to hoist the trophy.
A price of 13/2 says de Oranje oust Argentina via a 1-0 scoreline, while it’s 21/4 for the Albiceleste to inflict the fate on Louis van Gaal’s charges.
It’s the latter offering punters should favour based on the fact that the South Americans have never lost a World Cup final-four fixture.