World Cup 2014 Quarter Finals Betting Preview

The World Cup Quarter Finals are upon us and there are only 8 matches left in this World Cup, with England’s poor showing now at the back of our minds.  The Quarter Finals lineup is as follows:

France v Germany

Brazil v Colombia

Argentina v Belgium

Holland v Costa Rica

France vs Germany

World Cup 2014 Quarter Finals Betting France Karim Benzema

France 11/5

Germany 6/4

Draw 23/10

France have looked very good in this World Cup and although leaving it fairly late, they put away Nigeria in the last round with relative ease.  France have looked very well organised and Didier Deschamps has clearly cultivated a good spirit within the camp.  With a decent spine of the side and Benzema up front they have a solid, rounded team and have progressed without any dramas.

Germany have had a trickier passage and nearly came unstuck in the last round against a very plucky Algeria side who exposed Germany’s lack of real pace in defence, catching them out several times on the counter.  If Algeria had been better finishers then we could be talking about a France v Algeria Quarter Final.

So who’s going to win?  It’s inevitably going to be a close match and could be very cagey with France perhaps not having the out and out pace of Algeria to exploit Germany’s high defensive line.  However Germany have looked fairly mediocre since the first match so we are tipping France to pull this one off as the slight betting outsiders at decent odds of 11/5.  They have just looked more solid and cohesive as a team.

 

Brazil v Colombia

Colombia v Brazil Betting James Rodriguez

Brazil 13/15

Colombia 19/5

Draw 11/4

In what is definitely the pick of the Quarter Final ties, the hosts Brazil take on this tournament’s form team in Colombia, with 2 of the tournament’s top scorers Neymar and James Rodriguez on show.

Brazil have looked like a rather average team, this is no classic Brazil team and in fact without Neymar they would be a very average side with little star quality or true game changers in the team.

Colombia have shone this year, with James Rodriguez the star of their team backed up by some other excellent talents like Cuadrado and Jackson Martinez.  They made Uruguay look pretty average and surely have a big chance against this Brazil team.

So it is with some surprise that the bookies have Brazil odds-on for this one with Colombia available at 19/5 , which is almost 4/1!  We would suggest Colombia are huge value at that price so would definitely suggest a bet on them in this one.

 

Argentina v Belgium

Argentina 6/5

Belgium 14/5

Draw 12/5

This one is an intriguing tie indeed, Argentina one of the pre-tournament favourites have failed to truly fire, with Messi pulling them through in games and they don’t look like a team for anyone to really fear.

Belgium have not truly fired either, but have pulled things out of the bag when needed, relying on positive substitutions to change the games.  The fact that they have a strong squad and good options from the bench could prove key in what should be a close match in hot conditions.

This one is a really tough one to call and there is no true standout bet, however Argentina are probably a bit small at 6/5.  With both teams keeping it tight in the games so far, we think it could be set for a draw and maybe this one will be decided in extra time or even penalties, so 12/5 for the draw seems to be the best bet here.

 

Holland v Costa Rica

Holland 1/2

Costa Rica 7/1

Draw 10/3

Holland go into this one as big favourites, again they are another team who keep it solid and mainly rely on the talents of Robben to conjure a goal out of a counter attack.  As a team they don’t look an amazing proposition on paper, but with the tactically astute Louis Van Gaal at the helm they have managed to negotiate their way through the tournament in some tricky ties and look like they have the beating of Costa Rica.

Costa Rica did very well in the group stages to top what looked a tough group on paper.  They did though have a titanic struggle to get past Greece in the last round on penalties, playing for 60 minutes with 10 men and many of the players were dead on their feet by the end of the match.  With this sapping match only a few days ago they could struggle here against a Dutch team who have had an easier passage.

Our bet would be the Dutch at 1/2, although at those short odds it is probably better to combine them in a double or maybe do a 4-fold for all of the Quarter Finals.

 

Our Recommended Bets

France 11/5

Colombia 19/5

Argentina v Belgium DRAW 12/5

Holland 1/2

The 4-fold above would pay out at around 77/1 depending which bookie you choose and you could always go with a Lucky 15 which covers all possible bets such as singles, doubles, trebles and the four fold.