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TIGHT QUARTER-FINALS PREDICTED

3 July 2014

The FIFA World Cup quarter-finals get underway on Friday with a spot in the last four up for grabs.

All eight group winners made it through their respective last 16 matches meaning that there will be some big nations battling it out for a place in the semis.

The first game is between France and Germany on Friday in Rio de Janiero and Joachim Loew’s German side are 6/4 to win and reach a fourth consecutive World Cup semi-final with Sky Bet, Scunthorpe United’s official betting partner.

France are 2/1 to claim the victory whilst the draw is priced at 9/4.

Both sides have scored freely so far during the tournament so if you’re predicting a goal fest in the Maracana, a 3-3 tie is 80/1.

French striker Karim Benzema and Germany forward Thomas Muller have scored three and four goals respectively in their countries four 2014 World Cup games to date and the former is priced at 11/2 to bag first whilst Muller is 5/1 to hit the net before anyone else.

The second game of the day sees hosts Brazil take on Jose Pekerman’s impressive Colombia side in Fortaleza.

The Brazilian’s are 5/6 to win in 90 minutes or 12/1 to repeat their penalty shootout victory over Chile in the last round.

Colombia have won all of their tournament matches so far and are 18/5 to beat Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men in normal time or 2/1 to qualify.

Samba star Neymar has been Brazil’s standout player thus far and is 7/2 to score first or 25/1 to bag a hat-trick whilst Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez has found the net in all of his side’s games and is 15/2 to bag a goal in normal time on Friday.

Argentina play Belgium in the third quarter-final on Saturday in the Brazilian capital Brasilia and the Belgians are 11/4 to spring a surprise and win the game.

The Argentinians saw off Switzerland in extra time in the last 16 and are 9/1 to claim victory in the same fashion and odds of 7/4 are on offer think they’ll win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1.

Lionel Messi has scored the first goal in two of Argentina’s four games so far and is 3/1 to do so against Marc Wilmots’ Belgium or 4/1 to replicate the brace he scored against Nigeria in his country’s final group game.

Current Chelsea players Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard are 12/5 and 11/4 respectively to score in normal time and Everton forward Kevin Mirallas is 28/1 to net in both halves.

The final last eight match between Holland and Costa Rica takes place on Saturday evening in Salvador and the Dutch are big favourites at 1/2 to win or 2/9 to qualify.

Costa Rica have been arguably the surprise package of the competition so far after topping Group D and beating Greece on penalties in their last 16 clash.

Sky Bet have priced Jorge Luis Pinto’s men at 6/1 to win in 90 minutes or 14/1 to triumph on spot kicks for a second game running.

Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben have both scored three times for Holland in the tournament and are 100/30 to both find the net on Saturday and a win to nil for the 2010 finalists is 5/4.

Fulham striker Bryan Ruiz is 12/1 to bag first in the game and the Costa Ricans are 50/1 to be trailing at half-time and win at full-time.

Visit http://www.skybet.com/scunthorpe for a full list of odds on all four quarter-final matches.

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