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Rupert Wyman 30th Jun 2010 - 13:25

World Cup Quarter-finals preview

The England players may now be enhancing their tans on the beach, stirring controversy over a summer move or out shopping with a wag but the World Cup moves onwards.

The World Cup quarter-finals still hold some mouth-watering clashes.

Looking at the potential thrilling drama to come, the game that stands out for me is the Argentina against Germany clash.

Both teams are in blistering form, Argentina have put a horrific qualification campaign behind them and going forward they look sublime.  They have not yet been really tested at the back and they may find a counter-attacking Germany, a far sterner test than their most recent knock-out clash with Mexico.

As we all know and the FA board, Germany terrorised England at the weekend and demolished Australia in their opening game. They play well as a team and are more resilient in defence than Argentina.

I would have a small flutter on Argentina to win in extra time at 10/1, it should be a close game but with the attacking talent on display for Argentina, they should break the Germans down. The Over 2.5 goals at 11/10 seems a value bet with both teams going for the win.

Brazil take on Holland, the Samba side look skilful and passionate, Robinho is clearly not playing in Manchester!  They are energetic on the ball and are growing in confidence.

For me, the Dutch team are the side to watch this World Cup. All the fighting  in-house has gone and they are playing as a team.  They beat Slovakia in the last round and I think the 16/5 for Holland to surprise Brazil in 90 minutes is a cracking price!

Robben is now fit and if he spends more time running than on the deck, the Dutch could really show their World Cup intentions. Brazil face a few fitness fears with Elano, Baptista and Melo all looking doubtful and Ramires is suspended.

Ghana will attempt to become the first African nation in history to make the semi-final stage. They have a few injury worries and one of their star players, Prince Boateng is struggling to be fit.

The Ghana defence will also have to cope with one of the hottest striking partnerships in international football in Suarez and Forlan. They have scored five goals between them whilst the goalkeeper has only let in one goal in their four games.

Uruguay  are 11/10 to win in ninety minutes and I think the price is far too long, although Ghana beat the USA, they have been inconsistent throughout the World Cup and I cannot see them scoring against Uruguay.

I fancy Uruguay -2 goals in the match handicap market at 17/2, Uruguay are stingy in defence and very strong going forward and they have the quality to surprise the best of teams this World Cup.

The last quarter final is Spain against Paraguay.  Paraguay are going to struggle against Spain, they played out a dull goalless draw with Japan but qualified via a penalty shoot-out. They topped their group and opened their campaign with a 1-1 draw with the world champions Italy.

However, Italy did not exactly light up the group stages and never really gave Paraguay a game.

Spain advanced to the quarter finals thanks to a 1-0 win over local neighbours Portugal. Ronaldo struggled against Spain, but Barcelona's new signing Villa, once again looked immense and is deadly in-front of goal.

Casillas looked edgy last night and although I cannot see past Spain, I think the 6/4 for both teams to score is a fair price. The Spanish players enjoy pushing forward and they could easily be caught on the break. I would not consider Spain to win to nil at 5/6.



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