It’s close to kick off time, but here are a couple of the specials that caught the eye. Enjoy the football and be kind to eachother.
3 pts Germany to score over 9.5 goals (10/11 Bet365)
This explains itself. they scored 14 in 2002 and 2006, 16 in 2010 and then 18 four years ago when the 7-1 thrashing of Brazil helped a lot and they are stacked with talent in all areas. Thomas Muller, Marco Reus and Timo Werner can all knock away the goals and the midfield that supplies them is made of for Julian Draxler, Ilkay Gundogan, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil.
1 pt Uruguay to concede the fewest goals (18/1 188Bet)
This could be a useful bulwark against a mid-range exit. The defensive axis of Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez is perfect for Oscar Tabarez’ 4-4-2 system and they are in what might be considered one of the least threatening groups in the tournament. Egypt’s Mo Salah has the best club season out of any player lining up but he won’t be fully fit following his Champions League final injury for their first meeting tomorrow and then they have little to fear from Russia and Saudi Arabia, who have rather conservative sides and less attacking flair than Egypt. A last 16 tie against Portugal or Spain is said to be the most likely knockout draw although it looks likely on paper they’d face a Conservative Portugal side and then it would be France in a quarter-final. This has the potential to see the bet explode but quarter-finals averaged just 1.3 goals per game four years ago and they could be live runners.
1 pt Saudi Arabia to score the least goals (8/1 Paddy Power)
Saudi Arabia have failed to score in seven of their last nine World Cup final games, face the hosts shortly and then the Uruguay defence as described which leaves them with Egypt as their best chance for goals, hardly a huge positive. Being totally outclassed could see them as big runners here and their opposition looks more defensive than Panama’s, with England and Tunisia offering chances for a goal or two that could win this market.
1 pt Germany, France, Spain and Brazil to be in the semi-finals (16/1 general)
This depends a lot on certain group games going to plan, but all four ought to be disappointed if they don’t win their groups and from then on they will be strong favourites in their Round of 16 ties and quarter-finals. Spain have some managerial worries, but Germany and France made the semi-finals of Euro 2016 and Brazil made the last four in 2014 and are favourites here. This could also prove to be a wise position to take with a mind to shorting up a position in the quarter-finals.