Odds on Germany lifting Cup very lucrative

The World Cup is heading for a great climax in Brazil.

Just eight teams remain in the hunt for the golden trophy and with the action in the quarterfinals kicking off tonight, there is still the tricky prospect of trying to find an eventual winner.

France and Germany get the action under way in the first of the last-eight matches and the bookmakers have the latter as favourites at 27/20 to win inside 90 minutes. The French are 19/10 with the draw, always a real consideration in knockout football, at 23/10.

The host nation are 8/10 for their clash against Colombia, given at 34/10, in a battle of the South American sides in the second of tonight’s quarterfinal clashes.

The action tomorrow sees Argentina priced at 11/10 to get the better of 5/2 Belgium, while the Netherlands are the shortest-priced side in the quarterfinals with a quote of 5/10 on their chances of getting the job done in 90 minutes against 5/1 Costa Rica.

In the outright market, it’s Brazil who remain steady favourites at 28/10 with Germany on offer at 4/1. A flutter here could be a lucrative option, while Argentina are 9/2. The Netherlands are also at 9/2 while France are 15/2 and Belgium at 12/1. Colombia are 13/1 and Costa Rica rank outsiders at 75/1.

On a jam-packed weekend of sporting action there’s the return to Formula One action with the drivers and teams descending on Silverstone for the British Grand Prix on Sunday.

The setting will inspire Lewis Hamilton to try to claim a fifth win this season at his home race, and bookmakers have quoted 13/20 on his chances. Team-mate Nico Rosberg is at 16/10.

The Mercedes duo have been dominant this season, which explains the massive drop to the next price on offer of 20/1 on the chances of Valtierri Bottas and Felipe Massa, while Daniel Ricciardo, a winner this season, is 28/1.

The biggest cycling event of the year, the Tour de France, begins in Yorkshire of all places this weekend, and it’s still considered a two- horse race between Chris Froome and Alberto Contador.

Froome is given at 9/10 to defend his crown while his main danger is at 2/1. There’s a big drop-off to Vicenzo Nibali at 12/1 and Alejandro Valverde at 20/1.

There’s also action in the Super Rugby competition to consider and the pick of the local games sees the Stormers at 13/20 when they host the 13/10 Bulls at Newlands. In other matches the Sharks are 7/20 for their trip to Bloemfontein to take on the 23/10 Cheetahs while the Lions are 9/20 for their clash against the 18/10 Rebels at Ellis Park tonight.

With the Durban July also taking place this weekend, there’s yet another chance to flirt with Lady Luck, and the 16-horse field is headed by Louis The King who is a 3/1 favourite with Legislate 5/1 and Futura at sevens the next best on offer.




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