Two of the standout performers of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, host nation Brazil and European powerhouse Germany will face off in a semi-final at the Estadio Mineirao to determine who will play off for football’s greatest prize on July 13th.
Clear favourites to win the 2014 on home soil prior to the first match, Brazil have experienced a relatively clear run through to the final four; held only to a draw by Mexico in their second Group A game two weeks ago.
For Germany, the path to the 2014 World Cup final four has been largely similar to that of their South American counterparts; held to a draw by Ghana in their second Group G game and winning the remainder of their matches in close contests.
The loss of key striker Neymar to injury and Captain Thiago Silva through suspension are sure to hinder Brazil’s chances of progression passed a clinical German outfit; both of which have been noted in head-to-head betting markets, where the host nation are now offered on a level pegging with Joachim Low’s men at a quote of $2.80 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Currently leading the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot award for most goals scored throughout the tournament, Colombia’s James Rodriguez may still be usurped by Argentina’s Lionel Messi or Germany’s Thomas Muller. Tying the award at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Muller set himself up for a crack at the personal honour with a stunning hat-trick in Germany’s 4-0 campaign opener against Portugal. An excellent chance of finding the back of the net tomorrow morning, combine a Muller goal at any time with a German victory for exceptional $5 odds at Ladbrokes Australia.
Needing to find goals via another avenue, the lack of Neymar may actually have a positive effect on Brazil’s chances of making the 2014 World Cup final; opening up a wider attacking line. Brazil will likely look to Fred to break German keeper Manuel Neuer’s line, who will undoubtedly lead the offence in place of the absent Barcelona star. Combine Fred scoring with a Brazil victory for generous odds of $5.50 Wednesday morning.
The Wincast market allows punters the chance of select any of their favourite players to score a goal coupled with their nation securing victory and a place in the World Cup final. David Luiz has been without doubt the tournament’s standout defender so-far, adding to a strong wall whilst finding the net twice. Punters who believe Brazil will progress to the World Cup final with a Luiz goal can take advantage of incredible $11 odds.
A staggering number of games during the knockout phase of the 2014 World Cup have been decided in either injury time or via a penalty shootout. Lacking their usual firepower, Brazil are likely to attack with far-less accuracy, while Germany will be looking to employ their usual possession-based style of play. As a result, placing a wager on the method of victory may figure as a good betting option, with Ladbrokes offering great odds on both Brazil and Germany winning in either extra time or on penalties.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany is scheduled to kick-off at 6:00am AEST on Wednesday.
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