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    Hello all Sat June 28th
    A good day on Thursday with every bet winning.
    Now we’ve reached the last 16, and there are a few intriguing, and difficult, ties.

    Brazil v Chile
    Chile have played some great football in their games, even in defeat to Holland.They dominated possession but couldn’t get the breakthrough, and were caught twice on the counter attack.
    That was only the second game in the last eighteen where they have failed to score, and they should be on the scoresheet against Brazil, who conceded in two of their three Group games.
    Brazil haven’t been at their best, but the introduction of Fernandinho (for Paulinho) has made a lot of difference, and he should keep his place today.
    It offered Brazil more forward impetus, and even the lethargic Fred livened up.
    Chile can cause the hosts plenty of problems, but the magic of Neymar could be the difference, and we think Brazil will edge an entertaining game.
    BET Both Teams To Score (5/6)
    Over 2.5 Goals (3/4)

    Columbia v Uruguay
    Columbia have had a superb tournament, wimnning all three games, and playing open,attractive football. Only Holland scored more goals in the Group stage, and considering Columbia are without star striker Falcao, that says a lot. They have an array of attacking talent and haver shared the goals around-with James Rodriguez especially catching the eye.He is 3/1 to score anytime, and that looks a good bet.
    Uruguay recovered from their shock defeat to Costa Rica to beat England and Italy, but they will certainly miss Suarez.
    It is possible that events over the last few days will have galvanised them, and will accentuate their renowned fight and teamwork.
    However, Columbia, who have won seven of their last eleven games without conceding, should have too much for them, and can reach the quarter-finals.
    BET Columbia to beat Uruguay (23/20)

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    Hi all Sun June 29th
    Holland v Mexico
    This promises to be a fascinating encounter, with both teams so far displaying their attacking prowess, and defensive solidity.
    The Dutch put on a devastating attacking display when dismantling Spain in their opening game, and then put up a superb rearguard against Chile, before hitting them twice on the break late on.
    Mexico were full of invention in victories against Cameroon and Croatia, and in between managed to keep Brazil at bay, mainly due to the heroics of their ‘keeper Ochoa.
    Robin Van Persie returns after suspension for Holland, and his combination with the excellent Robben, gives the Dutch that extra bit of quality which could be the difference.
    BETS Holland to beat Mexico (23/20)
    R Van Persie to score anytime (5/4)

    Costa Rica v Greece
    Costa Rica have been the surprise package of these Finals, and were 501 to win Group D, and did so, conceding just one goal.
    The ultra defensive Greeks are the only team to have reached the last 16 with a negative goal difference, and despite showing more attacking intent in the victory over the Ivory Coast, will probably revert to type here.
    Both of these teams rely on the counter attack, and it is likely to be a tight, cagey affair with few chances-and fewer goals.
    Of the two Greece might edge it, but it could be a long night.
    BET Under 2.5 Goals (4/9)

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    Hi all Mon June 30th
    France v Nigeria
    France have had a fairly comfortable passage to the last 16, scoring eight goals in their first two games, and then missing plenty more against Ecuador.
    They are a strong unit, with quality throughout the side,an excellent ‘keeper, and an in-form striker(apart from that Ecuador game)
    Nigeria had a dull 0-0 with Iran, and then a bit of luck versus Bosnia, when Dzeko had a goal incorrectly disallowed when the game was goalless. They did defend well though, and are a well organised, hard working side. Musa provides the attacking threat, and scored two well-taken goals in the defeat against Argentina.
    France look a decent all round side who create a lot of chances-surely they won’t be as profligate as they were against Ecuador.
    It might take them a while to break Nigeria down, but they should have enough to progress to the quarter-finals.
    Half time draw-Full time France is a tempting 3-1, and Benzema is 7/2 to net first.
    BET France to beat Nigeria (1/2)

    Germany v Algeria
    Algeria celebrated as if they had won the World Cup when securing the point against Russia that ensured their progress to the last 16 for the first time in their history.
    They certainly gave everything, and fully deserved to go through,but Germany are a differernt proposition, and it should be the end of the journey for Algeria.
    Germany’s 4-0 thrashing of Portugal in their opener gave them a good start, and they qualified relatively easily despite not being at their fluent best in the last two games.
    Algeria conceded five goals in their three Group games, and we expect Germany to exploit their defensive deficiencies and gain a fairly comfortable win.
    They are 1/3 to win in 90 minutes, and Thomas Muller is 3/1 to score first.
    BETS Germany/Germany HT/FT Double Result (4/5)
    France & Germany both to win in 90 mins (10/11 Double)

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    Argentina v Switzerland
    Switzerland qualified from their Group with a comfortable 3-0 win over Honduras, with shaqiri scoring a hat-trick.
    They are a fine side with a well-balanced and gifted midfield, but they lack a top striker, and their defence was torn apart by France in the Group game.
    Argentina represents another step up in class, and we expect the Swiss to be going home.
    Argentina acquired nine points from their three Group matches without being at their best, and with the mercurial Messi in fine form they surely will go far in this competition, and might even win it.
    BETS Argentina to beat Switzerland (8/15)
    L Messi to score anytime (8/11)

    Belgium v USA
    Belgium topped a poor Group with a maximum nine points, but were far from convincing.They have a talented bunch of players, but have failed to hit on the right combination, and have looked disjointed.
    All four of their Group goals were scored in the final twenty minutes, three of them by substitutes, and they might have to be patient again against a settled, well organised USA team.
    The Americans surprised many (including us) by emerging from a tough Group, and they can cause Belgium trouble.
    Three of the four goals conceded by USA have been in the second half, with two coming in the last ten minutes, so maybe Belgium’s strength in depth and quality from the bench will eventually bring them victory.
    Half time draw/Full time Belgium looks good value at 4/1.
    Also Belgium to win in extra-time is 8/1 and worth a look.
    BET Argentina win in 90 mins & Belgium to qualify- Double (6/5)

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    All eight Group winners have made it the through to the quarter-finals for the first time in World Cup history.There is every chance the weekend matches will be every bit as close as the last 16 games were, where five out of the eight matches went to extra-time.
    Seven of the games ended in less than 2.5 goals, the exception was when Holland scored twice in the last few minutes against Mexico.
    It is probable the quarter-finals will be just as tight.

    France v Germany
    Germany have always been a ‘tournament team’-they find a way to get through no matter how they are playing.They looked so good in their opening game against Portugal, but have failed to convince since, and now face a formidable opponent in France.
    Rumours of a flu bug in the German camp may or may not be true, but Germany will need to be at their best to reach the semi-finals.
    France have looked a better all-round side,with a top ‘keeper, solid defence, strong and creative midfield, and the dangerous Benzema up front.
    It took coach Deschamps an hour against Nigeria to realise Benzema is more effective through the middle than playing out left to accommodate Giroud.
    And the introduction of the lively Griezmann also added to France’s attack, and got them the win.
    France are 4/6 to avoid defeat, and both teams to score is Evens
    They have strength in depth, and may just have enough to get past the Germans.
    BET France To Qualify (5/4)

    Brazil v Colombia
    Colombia have provided some of the best football of these Finals, with five-goal James Rodriguez arguably the player of the tournament so far.THey are unbeaten in eleven games, but now comes the acid test-Brazil.
    By contrast the Brazilians have failed to hit the heights, and aside from Neymar, have looked quite pedestrian, and lacking in flair, and struggled against Chile.
    They’ll miss the suspended Gustavo in midfield, and it might take penalties again.
    We backed Brazil at the beginning of the tournament, and won’t desert them now, so maybe the home crowd-and Neymar-will be the difference.
    BET Both Teams To Score Evens

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    Argentina v Belgium
    Argentina continue to grind out their wins, and might need to do the same to reach the semi-finals.
    Messi was again the difference against a negative Swiss side in the last 16, and one piece of magic from him set up the winner for Di Maria.
    Belgium are full of quality, most of their players are playing in the top European Leagues, and they are hard to beat.
    All six of their goals have been scored after the 70th minute, and it will be interesting to see who gets the nod up front.Lukaku was disappointing in the Group games, but came off the bench against USA and his physical presence made a difference .
    His goal should have restored his confidence, and the Argentine defence haven’t looked impregnable-Nigeria scored twice against them.
    Origi has pace and trickery, but is inexperienced.
    This is very hard to call, with the second half perhaps having more action.
    Argentina will have huge support-and Lionel Messi -and that could see them through.
    BET Half-Time Score 0-0 (13/8)

    Costa Rica v Holland
    Costa Rica have been the undoubted surprise team of the tournament, and showed incredible resilience when having to play a man short for nearly an hour against Greece.They defended superbly, and despite the disappointment of conceding such a late equaliser, they held on in extra-time, and won on penalties.
    However, they have only scored twice since their opening game against Uruguay, and might come up short against Holland.
    The Dutch were awful in the first half versus Mexico, but dominated afterwards and scored two late goals to win-albeit with a dubious penalty.
    Robben is in great form and is 9/2 to net first, and Van Persie (7/2) should also cause the Ticos problems.
    We see Holland winning, maybe 2-0 (6/1) or even 3-0 (10/1)
    BET Holland to beat Costa Rica in 90 mins (8/15)

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    If there’s one team you don’t want to face with an under-strength line-up it’s Germany.
    On the plus side Dante will replace Silva, and will know all about the opposition as he plays in the Bundesliga.Also Gustavo’s return from suspension will strengthen the midfield, an area where Germany are particularly strong.
    Then there is the crowd. They have been phenomenal throughout, and could lift the players to new heights.
    Without Neymar Brazil look very ordinary in attack,and against a German side with the most clean sheets in the Finals-and a brilliant ‘keeper-will find it hard to score.
    Maybe Hulk will come up trumps (8/1 for 1st goal, 10/3 anytime)
    Germany scored early against France, and then controlled the match, getting a stranglehold in midfield, and hitting on the break-almost scoring a couple more.
    We would like to see Brazil triumph for the sake of our bets, but Germany look the stronger, more complete unit, and look the more likely to reach the Final.
    Brazil haven’t lost at home for 12 years-some 42 games-and if they can get to penalties they would have done well.
    BET Germany to reach the Final (10/11)
    Germany v Argentina Final (5/2)

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    What an astonishing Semi-Final last night, with Germany superb and Brazil shocking.We tipped Germany to progress, but didn’t envisage such an easy evening, and they are rightly favourites to lift the trophy no matter who their opponents will be.
    We tipped a Germany v Argentina Final yesterday at 5-2 so hopefully they will complete the job tonight.
    Argentina v Holland
    After impressing in a difficult Group-winning all their three matches-Holland have struggled through the knockout games, with two very late goals beating Mexico, and needing penalties to dispose of Costa Rica.
    They dominated that quarter-final but couldn’t find the net, with Van Persie off key-and off target.He’s a doubt tonight, and despite his wayward finishing on Saturday,he is the captain and would be missed.
    Arjen Robben continues to impress and is the focal point of Holland’s attacking intent.If he has another outstanding game then the Dutch have a chance of reaching their second successive World Cup Final.
    Of course, Argentina have a maestro of their own, and if Lionel Messi performs at his best Argentina will surely progress. He is 9/2 (Ladbrokes) to score first, and 13/10 to score at any time (Hills/Paddy Power)
    Argentina will be without the tricky Di Maria but Aguero is fit again.
    Hopefully this will be an open game as both teams are better at going forward than defending.
    We favour Argentina to get through and a bet on them to win and both teams to score is an attractive 11/2. They are 7/5 to win in 90 minutes.
    BETS Argentina To win (90 mins) at 7/5
    Messi to score anytime at 13/10
    Both Teams To Score at 11/10

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    Third Place Play-Off
    This is the game that neither team wants to play.
    I wouldn’t think the Brazil team want to see a football pitch-or a Brazilian crowd-for quite some time after their humiliation against Germany.
    Dutch coach Louis van Gaal has said that this game has nothing to do with sport, and shouldn’t be played.Arjen Robben said somethimg similar, and you wonder what Holland’s attitude will be-and what side they’ll pick.
    Brazil should be more motivated, and need to put on a display to stop the crowd jeering.Again, team formation is conjecture, but Fred is unlikely to play after being booed in the semi-final, so Brazil will be better for that.
    Captain Thiago Silva will return, and Brazil might have enough to win.
    Oscar kept going on Tuesday and scored at the end, so at 11/1 to score first (10/3 anytime) is a possible bet.
    Neither team will want extra-time, and only one in the sixteen previous Third Place Play-Offs has been a draw after 90 minutes.
    Also, there are usually a few goals in this game, and each of the last nine have produced at least three goals.
    Without any team news this is hard to call , but we’ll back Brazil.
    BET Brazil to win in 90 minutes (6/5)
    Both Teams To Score (8/15)
    Oscar to score anytime (10/3)

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    World Cup Final
    Argentina v Germany
    So after three weeks and 63 games, we arrive at the Final, and it’s an intriguing clash.
    After Germany’s demolition of Brazil in the Semi-Final it would take a brave man to oppose them, so complete was their performance.Their confidence will be sky high, and they will be sure they can become the first European team to win the World Cup in South America.
    The midfield is where they are strongest, and where they can gain the upperhand tonight. They are well balanced in the centre of the pitch, with flair added to defensive discipline, strong tackling, and an eye for goal.
    Germany have scored 17 goals so far in this tournament, Argentina have managed just eight in their six games.
    The Argentines have had to come through two lots of extra-time and penalties in the knockout phase, and have had a day less to recover from their Semi-Final exertions.
    Their best chance tonight could depend on how well they exploit Germany’s high defensive line. They will need Lionel Messi on the ball a lot more than he has been in the last two games, and Di Maria returning, and a fit Aguero will help.
    Argentina have defended superbly in these Finals, and have never been behind. An early German goal would be interesting and make a better Final.
    However, this is likely to be tight with under 2.5 goals the bet at 8/15.
    We think Germany will edge it-1-0 is 6/1 and 2-0 is 10/1.
    Thomas Muller needs one more goal to equal Rodriguez for top scorer and is 6/1 to notch first.
    Germany to lift the trophy is 4/6 and looks the safest bet.
    BETS Germany to win in 90 mins (13/10)
    T Muller to score anytime (2/1)
    First player to receive a card Demichelis (12/1)

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