Latest odds for first two quarter-finals
Two mouth-watering ties kick the quarter-finals off in Brazil, with clashes between both European and South American titans.
Three wins out of four with three clean sheets has put France in prime position to repeat their trophy-winning exploits of 1998, and they’re 19/10 with SkyBet to find a way past Germany in Rio de Janeiro to reach the last four.
Didier Deschamps’ men left it late to defeat Nigeria in the round of 16, eventually breaking the Super Eagles down in a 2-0 victory. The French are 12/1 with SkyBet to once again go through by a 2-0 scoreline, but the clash has all the makings of being a much-tighter affair than that.
With so many big-name stars in action at the Estadio do Maracana, France vs. Germany could be another match that goes all the way to the wire. SkyBet have there being an extra-time winner at 5/1 and the match going to penalties at the same odds.
Germany will be hoping that it doesn’t come to that stage, though, as they’ve endured enough late drama to last them a lifetime. Algeria forced additional time against the Germans in the last round, and ran them close before succumbing to a 2-1 defeat.
Joachim Low’s side’s grit and determination to cross the line has been a feature of their play so far, and they’re 13/2 with SkyBet to beat France 1-0.
Front man Thomas Mueller is still very much in contention for back-to-back Golden Boots and is good value at 5/1 to score the game’s opener with SkyBet.
Brazil vs. Colombia, 21:00
The hosts have been far from convincing so far and were lucky to progress past Chile in the round of 16. However, winning ugly is the mark of champions, and they’re 5/2 with SkyBet to once again scrape through by winning by a single goal.
Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side have had to rely heavily on forward Neymar to fire them through, and it’s safe to say he hasn’t let them down. With four goals in the tournament so far, the Barcelona star is evens with SkyBet to find the net against Colombia and 5/1 to score his third brace of the tournament.
However, the 22-year-old may not get a lot of joy against the Colombians’ stubborn back line, who have been breached just twice all tournament. Their defence isn’t what’s been grabbing the headlines in Brazil, though, as a certain James Rodriguez has been the star of the show.
Five World Cup goals in just four matches has put the Monaco man top of the scoring charts and he’s 15/2 with SkyBet to find the net first at the Estadio Castelao.
It’ll undoubtedly be another closely fought match, but the real value comes from backing Colombia. Based on group-stage form, the Colombians have what it takes to breeze past the hosts and 100/30 with SkyBet for them to win in 90 minutes looks well worth a bet.
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