Tim Krul became the latest goalkeeper to hit the headlines during this World Cup after his double shootout save put Holland into the semi-final.
The Newcastle stopper was brought on at the end of extra time as a replacement for Jasper Cillessen in what proved an inspired change from Oranje manager Louis van Gaal.
Krul’s two saves have put him up with David Ospina and Keylor Navas as the goalkeeping stars of the show and Ladbrokes is offering a special price on a repeat performance from the Dutch in the semi-final.
The bookmaker has 10/1 on Holland to beat Argentina on penalties and with the winning margins in Brazil getting ever narrower that looks too good a price to ignore.
Holland’s opponents in the last four have become narrow victory specialists of late, with La Albiceleste’s 1-0 win over Belgium proving their fifth-straight win by a one goal margin.
So, those backing the South Americans to end Holland’s run cold be tempted by the 3/1 that says the Argies will win by a single goal again en route to the final.
If Argentina are to win though they are going to have to do so without the influence of Angel di Maria after the winger limped out of the win over the Red Devils with a thigh strain.
The Real Madrid star is likely to be replaced by either Maxi Rodriguez or Enzo Perez and a £10 bet on either man to score in the semi could return £35 at tempting odds of 5/2.
And finally, while Maxi Rodriguez is the subject of that particular Breaking Bet, it is Colombian namesake James that inspires this.
The 22-year-old, who lit up the tournament with six goals before Los Cafeteros were dumped out, has bemoaned the level of refereeing in Brazil.
The Monaco man claimed that the man in the middle “did not help” Colombia’s cause against Brazil, suggesting there is a bias towards the home team.
With those words in mind it could pay to take the 11/2 about Brazil being awarded a penalty in their semi-final clash with Germany.
Whatever happens, football fans are in for a thrilling few days!
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