With England out of the World Cup fans across the country are actively looking forward to penalty shootouts and that anticipation is sure to increase with Ladbrokes’ latest promotion.
For neutral fans there is nothing more infuriating than when a game reaches extra time and is seemingly cruising towards penalties only for someone to pop up with a late winner – a la Angel di Maria for Argentina.
And, with the latest Money Back* offer from Ladbrokes World Cup fans will relish the opportunity of a shootout even more, with the bookmaker refunding losing bets if that happens.
Place a First Goalscorer, Correct Score or Scorecast bet on any of the four quarter-finals and Ladbrokes will refund losing stakes if the game goes to penalties.
While only two of the games from the last round – Brazil v Chile and Greece v Costa Rica – required a shootout, a further three needed extra time and were just minutes away from giving neutral fans the spot kick drama they crave after a 120-odd minute stalemate.
Of all the quarter-final fixtures it is South American cousins Brazil and Colombia that look most likely to play out a close affair with the last four meetings between the two ending all square
In James Rodriguez Los Cafeteros boast arguably the star of the show so far but Brazil are seemingly making up for their deficiencies with the sheer will to please the home crowds.
With this in mind the following three bets are definitely worth considering for the big clash.
James Rodriguez to score last @ 8/1
The tournament’s top scorer has scored five goals so far – netting in each of Colombia’s four games – and on three occasions his strike has brought proceedings to a close.
Brazil 0 -0 Colombia @ 8/1
If Brazil are able to shackle Rodriguez then there is every possibility that the game could end in a goalless stalemate – as it has done on three of the last four occasions when these sides have met.
Neymar to score first and Brazil to win 1-0 @ 22/1
This is one of those obvious bets that you think about for a second, change your mind and then rue the decision when it later comes in. With Ladbrokes’ money back offer there’s no need for such hesitancy so back the poster boy to put the hosts through and cash in on the headline the world is waiting for.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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