WORLD CUP BETTING: Live on BBC1: Wed 19.30: Day 27 (Wednesday) of the World Cup and the 2nd semi final: Germany v Spain. Germany can prevail in a very Klose encounter.
Despite smashing in eight goals in knockout games against Argentina and of course England while conceding, officially anyway, just once in the process; Germany remain bet365’s 9/5 outsiders in normal time to get the better of a Spain team that has stuttered its’ way to the last four with a couple of uninspiring 1-0 wins.
Vicente del Bosque’s charges are priced at 13/8 by 888Sport to triumph after 90 minutes and 4/5 (Victor Chandler) to get through, but the formbook undoubtedly points to the fearless and rampant Germans, who are even money thanks to Stan James, to avenge their Euro 2008 final defeat by booking a place in Sunday’s final.
Joachim Low’s men look worth following in Durban then, although the danger of the European Champions finally hitting something approaching top form is a slight worry and subsequently, Totesport’s 11/5 for the clash to require extra-time shouldn’t be ruled out too readily; the Germans looking a better bet to qualify than to prevail in normal time.
The loss of Thomas Mueller through suspension is a big blow for Joachim Low but his side have enough talented attacking players in their ranks to trouble their opponents, chief amongst them being Miroslav Klose who is now one short of Ronaldo’s all-time World Cup Finals scoring record.
The Bayern Munich striker bagged a brace against Argentina and is an enticing 2/1 (Ladbrokes) to net here while the tournament’s top scorer, David Villa, will be on the hunt for more goals at the other end and can be backed at 13/10 with Jaxx.com to add to his tally.
Both prices appeal given that each team is set to score (10/11, William Hill) and with that in mind, correct score punters could do worse than consider a modest flutter on Partybets’ 9/1 for it to finish 2-1 in favour of Germany in a contest that Paddy Power price at 6/5 to produce three or more goals.
Elsewhere, Low’s troops could be quickly out of the blocks, albeit not as swiftly as they were on Saturday, and Betfred chalk 5/4 against the deadlock being broken before the 26th minute. Meanwhile, for those sensing that a long evening is in store, Betdaq quote 9/1 apiece for each team to triumph via the drama of penalties.