Only the eight teams left now after Tuesday’s final two 2nd Round matches saw Spain and Paraguay both progress to the quarter finals. After a brief spell for Argentina at the top of the betting, Brazil now find themselves back as the outright favourites at 5/2.
Of the 8 teams left, you would have to say that only Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Germany or Holland have a realistic chance of lifting the cup.
The Brazilians would appear to be in the easier side of the draw, if they can get past the Dutch on Friday, they would then face the winner of Ghana and Uruguay for a place in yet another final.
For Ghana and the continent of Africa, what a chance they now have to reach the semi-finals of the world cup. Of the other seven teams still left, only Paraguay would have looked on paper to be a better match for Ghana to get.
Argentina are a rather large looking 9/2 with William Hill, I can only imagine that is because they have a tricky looking clash with Germany in the last 8, and if they win that they could then face Spain in the semi-finals. This is by far the harder looking side of the draw.
If they can get past the Germans, and assumimg that Spain beat Paraguay, I would imagine the bookies would still have the Spanish as 2nd favourites, although I don’t think the gap in the price will be as big as it currently is.
Spain look to have the beating of Paraguay after looking good against Portugal on Tuesday, and they have still to see Fernando Torres anywhere near his best. If he can finally get going the Spanish will really fancy their chances in a potential semi-final against the Germans or an Argentina team who leave the back door wide open at times.
World Cup Winner Betting
Brazil are 5/2 with William Hill, Stan James, Paddy Power, VC Bet, Sportingbet, Totesport and Skybet.
Spain are 3/1 with Skybet, Ladbrokes and Coral.
Argentina are 9/2 with William Hill and Sportingbet.
Germany are 15/2 with Skybet.
Holland are 15/2 with Sportingbet and VC Bet.
Uruguay are 18/1 with Boylesport and Sportingbet.
Ghana are 40/1 with VC Bet and William Hill.
Paraguay are 50/1 with William Hill and Sportingbet,