World Cup Betting Tips: French To Fry Germans And Hosts To Scrape Through

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719px-WC-2014-Brasil.svgNO doubt with your car washed, shed cleaned and any other loose ends tied up over the last two days (TWO DAYS!) of no football, we’ve finally reached the business end of one of the most hotly contested World Cups in living memory.

Six or seven teams have a genuine shot at winning this thing.

France v Germany

Not since 1982 when German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher flattened French attacker Patrick Battiston in one of the most infamous moments in World Cup history, have these two great old foes met in the tournament.

France have grown into the tournament while Germany have regressed slightly since their opening game trouncing of Portugal.

They also had to endure the riggers of extra game against Algeria whose hard running and through balls unlocked potential weakness in Die Mannschaft’s back four.

France’s ten goals in this World Cup has equalled the tally from their previous three.

They have the momentum coming into this, but the Germans still have a much stronger squad, though there are questions around them mentally due to the pressure brought on by expectation at home.

Thomas Muller has scored nine in nine, Karim Benzema has also done the same. This is quite a tricky one to call, I’m going to go against the odds and trump for a French 2-1 victory,  10/1 from Paddy Power.

Brazil v Columbia

The Colombians have been the surprise package of the tournament with many people are tipping them to knock out the holders.

Though they have played some blistering football, they may have been flattered by a particularly lightweight group that contained, Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan.

Brazil are quite the contrast. They have failed to live up to expectations in a lot of people’s eyes and were all but ruled out of contention by many after their draw with Mexico in the group stage.

Personally, I think being host is a massive advantage. Also Columbia have a psychological problem with Brazil who they have only beaten once in 14 matches home and away.

The last four between these nations have finished 1-1, I’m going to go with a Brazil 1-0 win, 6/1 from Ladbrokes.

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