As we enter the last eight at the World Cup, it could pay to back two of the competition’s most successful nations to progress to the last four yet again.
No team has lifted the trophy more than five-time winners Brazil and with a quarter-final against Colombia – who have reached this stage for the first time ever this year – in the offing there is reason to be confident.
It’s a similar story with Germany – the team with the most appearances in the final of the World Cup – who will be confident of victory over a France side they beat 2-1 in a friendly just last year.
Brazil may have been held by Colombia in their own previous friendly encounter back in 2012 but after seeing off arguably stronger opponents in the form of Chile, the Selecao will be confident of completing a South American double in normal time.
All of which makes the news that Ladbrokes are offering 9/2 on the two teams winning in 90 minutes, with a maximum bet of £25 available, very tempting.
History is certainly on Germany’s side going into their meeting with France, having seen Les Bleus off in that epic encounter way back in 1982.
There’s a strange sense of déjà vu to these finals and those of ’82, with Die Mannschaft progressing past Algeria in the second round – the same African nation they eliminated in the groups some 32 years ago.
And while Les Bleus boast a fine striker in Karim Benzema, German forward Thomas Muller has scored more goals at this World Cup and netted when the two teams met last year.
One of only two players to score a hat-trick at these finals, Muller will be keen to stay in the running for the Golden Boot he captured in 2010.
It’s a similar story of four-goal Brazil hero Neymar who will be out to silence the critics and put a quiet performance against Chile behind him with more Selecao goals.
With two braces in two games to his name, should the Barcelona man find the net then Colombia could crumble, making it a World Cup Friday to remember.
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